Nepal | July 04, 2020

RTI lifeline of democracy, says Chief Commissioner Banskota

Rastriya Samachar Samiti
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Salyan, November 14

National Information Commission’s Chief Commissioner Krishna Hari Banskota asserted that the Right to Information was the lifeline of democracy and if it was not enforced effectively, democracy would be at risk.

At an interaction held by the Commission in Salyan headquarters Khalanga, today, Chief Commissioner Banskota argued good-governance and democracy had to be institutionalised through implementation of the RTI. Stressing on the need for the state to make public its work report every quarter, Banskota viewed that the traditional mindset among the people’s representatives and civil employees were the challenges facing implementation of RTI in Nepal.

Furthermore, Banskota decried the cavalier attitude of people’s representatives towards implementing the RTI. He said through implementation of RTI, we would combat corruption, attract foreign investment and advance the  economic agendas. “Civil employees and people’s representatives should understand that the public are the masters since they are the sovereign ones,” he argued, adding, “In democracy, RTI empowers citizens.”

Similarly, District Coordination Committee Chair Keshav Bahadur Bista pledged to make everyone responsible to enforce RTI. “It’s imperative that we bring into effect the RTI, which will help deliver state-facilities to service-seekers swiftly and effectively.”

Chief District Officer Chudaraj Neupane said that due to lack of stability among civil servants, the RTI was not being effectively implemented.


A version of this article appears in print on November 15, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


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