People still unaware of right to info

Kathmandu, November 28

Information Commissioner and Spokesperson for National Information Commission Yesodha Devi Timsina today said many people in the country were still not aware of their right to information.

Speaking at an interaction on ‘Right to Information’ jointly organised here today by National Information Commission, Sancharika Samuka and other organisations, Timsina said people expressed their dissatisfaction, views and complaints on the activities of the government  and its performance through social media but they seemed least interested in seeking information, which were of public interest and concern, from government agencies and other public bodies.

“Seeking information from public bodies is a duty of every citizen to ensure accountability of the government,” she added.

“When people are well-informed they can question government’s activities and make  leaders and the government accountable to the people,” shared Information Commissioner Kiran Kumar Pokharel.

“Due to lack of awareness of the right to information among people, government agencies and other public bodies are hiding information of public interest,” he added.

“Every citizen should know about their rights and utilise their rights to eradicate corruption and make the government accountable,” said Pokharel.