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3-Days Program for the Project Orientation Successfully Concluded.


27 August, 2014 -

CCRI successfully completed a 3-Days Program for the Project  Orientation  to the Strategic Partner CSOs and other Potential Partner CSOs of the Project "SANCHAR". The Project is being carried out by CCRI along with 8 strategic partner CSOs in different parts of the country in a close coordination with the National Information Commission. Altogether 22 participants, 18 out of which 2 representing each strategic partner CSOs and 4 from other potential partner CSOs participated in the Program.


The First Day of the program involved the basic introduction among the partners. Consecutively, Mr. Tanka Aryal, Executive Director of CCRI briefed about the Project and also explained the designated tasks for each strategic partner CSOs. Mr. Aryal oriented the partners to carry out project activities and strategies in such a way that they could generate more visible impacts and outcomes at the Local Level. Furthermore, Mr. Aryal also explained the concern of CCRI to modify the website of CCRI in order to incorporate the proactive disclosure and minimum compliance towards the obligations under RTI Act 2007.


Furthermore, Mr. Aryal also pointed on the urgency of enacting and implementing different policies mandatory for the desirable institutional governance like human resource management, GESI, financing etc.


After Mr. Aryal, the representatives from the Governance Facility Nepal namely Ms. Paramita Yonzon, Ms. Sabita Bista and Ms. Nisha Pandey introduced the participants about Governance Facility Nepal and its priorities. Being specific at the Project, Ms. Nisha Pandey explained about the Project while Ms. Sabita Bista  explained about the financial guidelines and governance structure required to carry out the project.


Mr. Balaram Dahal, Administrative and Finance Officer of CCRI presented a paper on the issue of Financial Management and Internal Financial Control System. Mr. Dahal highlighted on the every financial aspect the strategic partner CSOs should follow according to the agreement between the Governance Facility Nepal and CCRI.


The Second Day of the Program consisted up of the presentations of the experts on different issues related to RTI.


In the beginning of the session, Ms. Sabita Bhandari Baral, Former Information Commissioner of National Information Commission presented her paper on the legal regime of Right to Information and the amendments in order to make RTI laws more comprehensive and accessible. Ms. Baral basically highlighted on the aspects like the establishment of Central Nodal Agencies for the monitoring the execution of decisions of the National Information Commission, amendments in the RTI Rules 2008 facilitating in the execution of decisions of NIC by the Chief District Officer of the concerned districts and other provisions enabling even the persons who are unable to draft RTI Applications due to illiteracy or physical abnormality.


After Ms. Baral, Mr. Gaulochan Sainju, Under-Secretary and the Information Officer of National Information Commissioner highlighted on the major activities carried out by NIC for the protection, promotion and implementation of RTI in Nepal and also presented on the scope of collaborating with other CSOs in its activities basically the Project "SUCHANA" which is being launched by NIC.


On the second half of the session, Mr. Nayan Bahadur Khadka, an RTI Expert made a presentation on the topic "RTI and Issues of Local Governance and Local Level Public Agencies". Mr. Khadka threw lights on the potential challenges being faced at using RTI in local legal and also identified the measures to cope those challenges. Mr. Khadka further highlighted on the issues which the information seekers primarily should acquaint themselves with.


Similarly, Mr. Kedar Khadka, Chairperson of the Good Governance (GoGo) Foundation made a presentation on topic "RTI and the Role of CSOs in the Promotion of Good Governance". IN the presentation, Mr. Khadka focused more at complying with RTI laws by the CSOs themselves at first and hence develop a standing on campaigning for promoting RTI.


The Third Day of the Training Program consisted of the presentations on the prominent issues on RTI. Mr. Binay Kasajoo, Former Chief Information Commissioner of NIC shared some national experiences on the importance and usage of RTI. Mr. Kasajoo also shared some practical experiences being have worked as the Chief Information Commissioner of NIC. Along with that, Mr. Kasajoo also shared some international experience of successful RTI applications and also the potential challenges faced in this regard. He insisted that RTI is a very powerful tool to institutionalize democracy.


Mr. Taranath Dahal made a presentation on the topic "Identifying, Responding and Mitigating the Potential Threats on the Security of RTI Activists". Mr. Dahal identified that facts that threats against the security of RTI Activists have been felt in Nepal hence possible measures to identify and respond those threats is necessary. Mr. Dahal also elaborated on the significance of the  activity under the Project "SANCHAR" focused at Monitoring the Safety Threats against RTI Activists and called upon the collaboration of every strategic partner CSOs and other potential partner CSOs to jointly respond to the potential threats.


The final session of the program consisted of the presentation of Mr. Tanka Aryal, Executive Director of CCRI on the procedural tracking of RTI requests and the identification of the most common agencies. Feedbacks from the participants were sought in order to refine the Format of the RTI Request Tracking and the potential agencies. Through the Program, Mr. Aryal emphasized that the strategic partner CSOs and other potential partner CSOs should encourage people at local level file RTI Applications strategically with an aim to generate visible impacts.


The Program concluded with the formulation of Plan of Action determined by the Partners in order to carry out the Project Activities under the Project "SANCHAR". The glimpses of the program have been annexed herewith.