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‘Awareness of Act provisions will help keep irregularities under check’

‘It also helps know a great deal of the government’s welfare schemes’

SHIMOGA: Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Development and Social Changes Trust K.C. Basavaraj said on Thursday that it was necessary for everyone to be aware of the provisions of the Right to Information Act to keep irregularities in the administration under check.

He was speaking as the chief guest at a publicity campaign on the Right to Information Act and a seminar organised at Kumsi near here by the Department of Information in association with the Kumsi Gram Panchayat and the Sri Dharmasthala Gramavriddhi Samsthe.

Provisions

He said that as there were provisions in the Act to get information about the schemes and projects of the Government, it would be possible for people to check corruption and irregularities while the officials implemented the schemes, by invoking the provisions of the Act.

Mr. Basavaraj said that it was possible if people became aware of their rights and understood the provisions of the Act properly.

Great help

Member of the taluk panchayat T.P. Rudrappa, who inaugurated the programme, said that the Right to Information Act was of great help to the people to understand the details of the Government’s various programmes and seek proper checks and balances by questioning the authorities concerned about the loopholes in the implementation of the schemes.

Member of the Enforcement Committee of the Act B.S. Nagaraj said that people could assert their rights effectively if they understood the provisions of the Right to Information Act.

President of the Kumsi Gram Panchayat Karibasappa presided over the function.

President of the Primary Land Development Bank H.B. Ramappa, vice-president of the Gram Panchayat Annapoornamma and its members Sujata Anandamurthy, H.S. Huchaveerappa Karadi, H. Dharmendra and former president of the gram panchayat Hullappa were present.

Earlier, District Information Officer Devarajaiah welcomed the gathering.

Convener of the Sri Dharmasthala Gramavriddhi Samsthe Ganapathi Malanji proposed a vote of thanks.

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