Madurai

RTI workshop held for MKU staff

A three-day workshop on how to handle Right To Information (RTI) petitions for 25 administrative staff of Madurai Kamaraj University came to an end, here on Wednesday, with intense discussion and deliberation.

A three-day workshop on how to handle Right To Information (RTI) petitions for 25 administrative staff of Madurai Kamaraj University came to an end, here on Wednesday, with intense discussion and deliberation.  

A three-day workshop on handling of petitions under the Right To Information Act ended at Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) on Wednesday.

The training programme was organised for 25 administrative staff of MKU by Anna Institute of Management, a government-recognised nodal institution in the State. The institute trains IAS officers and Central, State and PSU officials.

For the first time, the programme that was usually conducted at the institute’s Chennai campus was held in MKU in order to cater to a larger audience.

The participants studied 31 Sections of the Right to Information Act, 2005 and pondered over significant judgments rendered by High Courts of the country. They also learnt the do’s and don’ts for a public information officer, said S. Rajendran, Joint Director, Anna Institute of Management.

“They learnt the proper way to read an RTI petition and provide maximum information in the shortest time,” he said.

The primary aim of public information officers was to provide direct information sought on paper and to understand which petitions to entertain. “If the officers do not have the necessary information, they should make it clear in their response,” he added.

R. Mayilsamy, Public Information Officer, MKU, said the programme was informative.

“We understood the procedures,” said S. Selvi, Senior Deputy Registrar, MKU.

Mr. Rajendran said it was important for administrative staff and all other citizens to understand the nuances of their fundamental rights.

R. Sudha, Registrar (in-charge), MKU, said the workshop was the first of its kind in the university and need of the hour. “The institute offers many courses and one on legal notings will follow,” she added.

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