Constitution ensures people's right to know, says Minister Rai

Kathmandu, January 5

Minister for Information and Communication Technology Sherdhan Rai said today that the newly promulgated constitution ensures people’s right to information.

At an interaction organised by the National Information Commission between government secretaries and other high-ranking officials, Minister Rai highlighted how the power of information could change societies.

Noting that various new laws need to be formulated for effective implementation of the new national charter, he urged the government secretaries to play an effective role in the dissemination of crucial information to the public.

Also, speaking at the function Chief Secretary Dr Somlal Subedi pointed out the need to formulate a policy for effectively disseminating information at the local level keeping in view the federal setup of the country.

NIC Chief Commissioner Krishna Hari Baskota, presenting a working paper on ‘Collective commitment for the protection, promotion and practice of right to information’ urged the concerned bodies to provide all information, expect those on sensitive issues, to the public.

Commissioners duo Kiran Kumar Pokharel and Yashoda Devi Timilsina stressed the need for informing the public about government affairs.

NIC Secretary Sharadraj Bista added that the right to information was of huge importance in curbing corruption in the country.