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12th International Right to Know Day Successfully Marked

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04 November, 2014 -

CCRI along with its twenty different partner CSOs across the country successfully marked 12th International Right to Know Day 2014 on September 28, 2014 with various programs and activities.

 

CCRI set-up an "RTI Information Dissemination Desk" and an "On-spot support desk to draft RTI Application and Counseling Services Desk" in Patan Durbar Square, Lalitpur.

 

 

International   Right to Know Day is being globally celebrated on 28th September every year in order to raise awareness about people's right to access government information while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance. This date is being marked since 2002 by the freedom of information organizations and advocates around the world with activities to celebrate and raise awareness of the right to information.


 

The Strategic Partner CSOs of the Project "SANCHAR" and other potential partner CSOs of CCRI situated at different parts of the Country involved and conducted several programs. The names of Strategic Partners are namely Integrated Development Forum, Jhapa, Yuwa Sarokar Abhiyan (YSA), Bara, Vijay Development Resource Center-Nepal (VDRC), Nawalparasi, Humanitarian Organization for People and Democracy (HOPE) Nepal, Bhaktapur, Freedom Forum, Kathmandu, Information and Human Rights Research Centre (IHRC) Banke, Karnali Self-Help Development Forum-Nepal (KSDF), Kalikot, and Far -West Media Development Centre (FMDC), Dhangadhi.

 

 

Other Potential Partners of CCRI selected for this purpose were namely Bhawani Janahit Bikash Kendra, Mugu, Creative Group of Nepal, Rautahat, Jana Sarokar Manch, Doti,Janahit Asal Sashan Club, Dhankuta, Right Forum Nepal, Jajarkot, RTI Network, Rukum, Samagra Jana Utthan Kendra, Siraha, Gramin Sudhar Manch, Dadeldhura, Youth Network Nepal, Illam, RTI Circle, Dharan, Community Communication and Development Centre, Dhading, Helping Hands, Parsa, Kartabya Foundation/Sachetana Samuha, Palpa,

 

The major activities carried out in the celebration of the Day involved the following:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->a.                   <!--[endif]-->Set-up of the "RTI Information Dissemination Desk",

<!--[if !supportLists]-->b.                  <!--[endif]-->On-spot support desk to draft RTI Application and delivering counseling services,

<!--[if !supportLists]-->c.                   <!--[endif]-->Tree-Plantation Programs

<!--[if !supportLists]-->d.                  <!--[endif]-->Morning Rallies

<!--[if !supportLists]-->e.                   <!--[endif]-->Singing Competitions

<!--[if !supportLists]-->f.                   <!--[endif]-->Street Dramas

<!--[if !supportLists]-->g.           Interaction programs with key stakeholders of RTI i.e. chiefs and information officers of public agencies, journalists, CSO representatives etc.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->h.                  <!--[endif]-->Dissemination of RTI IEC Materials to the public

<!--[if !supportLists]-->i.                    <!--[endif]-->Broadcasting of RTI Songs, PSAs containing the information about RTI Support Centre.

 

During the event, the "RTI Information Dissemination Desk" and the "On-spot support desk to draft RTI Application and Counseling Services Desk" were observed by a large number of people where there was an active participation of the officials of government agencies, representatives from Civil Society Organizations, media persons, teachers, students and general people.

 

In the meantime, National Information Commission in collaboration with CCRI organized an Interaction Program among the key government stakeholders in Hotel Everest, Kathmandu. In the Interaction Program, the Chief Secretary of the Government of Nepal Mr. Lilamani Poudyal and Information and Communication Minister Mr. Minendra Rijal expressed about the importance of RTI in the promotion of transparency and accountability of public  agencies and also expressed their due commitment to effectively implement the mechanisms to ensure easy access to information contained at every public agencies.

 

It is believed that a larger portion of people across the country have been made aware about the existence of Right to Information as a fundamental as well as a legal right through this celebration.