RTI a fundamental feature of democracy: PM Oli


Kathmandu, Jan 18: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that right to information was the fundamental feature of the democracy.

Receiving one year’s details of the major works carried out by the incumbent leadership of the National Information Commission, today, Prime Minister Oli said that use of right to information would contribute in building a sound society.He said all should know that information regarding the issues related to national sovereignty, integrity and national interest as well as issues related to crime and terrorism, which were under investigation, could not be provided, directing the Commission to suggest a proper way to provide information.

Prime Minister Oli said, “It is necessary to pay attention to the time and situation as well as exerting pressure while implementing the right to information and disseminating information.”

Calling one and all to involve in campaign of nation’s development with determination, he expressed the commitment that the government would carry out infrastructure development after determining priority as the earthquake and border blockade has hit the infrastructure development sector.

Similarly, Commission Chairman Krishna Hari Banskota, said that out of complaints related to implementation of right to information filed at the Commission so far since its establishment, one thousand and 747 directives were issued.

Banskota said that the Commission issued 940 directives in one year and stressed the need of adding the word ‘information disclosure’ during amendment to the new constitution as this wording was not incorporated in the constitution.

Commission members Kiran Pokharel and Yashoda Adhikari, and Commission secretary Sharadraj Bista also expressed their views.

Banskota has been leading the Commission from January 14, 2015. It was established in 2065 BS. Issues related to right to information have been included in curriculum of classes 6-10, according to the Commission.