Kathmandu, Jan 25: Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Krishna Hari Baskota’s ‘Suchanako Hak Ko Pakshyama (In Favour of Right to Information)’ has been made public amid a programme in the capital on Monday.
The book was jointly launched by Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ)’s former Presidents Kishor Nepal, Taranath Dahal and Dharmendra Jha, incumbent President Dr Mahendra Bista, Information Commissioners Kiran Pokharel and Yasoda Timsina and author Baskota himself.
Rendering comment on the book, FNJ’s former President Jha said the piece has mainly revolved around the National Information Commission and expressed his belief that the text scripted in simple language would be helpful for audience to understand Right to Information.
FNJ President Dr Bista said the book could be useful for academic research and study while noting that the NIC should further put its efforts to increase citizens’ access to public information.
Similarly, FNJ’s former President Dahal said such books would help remove misconceptions persisting about the right to information.
Another former President Nepal underscored the need to make the Information Commission a constitutional body stating it is the right of the people to get complete information.
Also speaking on the occasion, Information Commissioner duo Pokharel and Timsina highlighted the need to ensure citizens’ access to information.
Author Baskota shared that he has brought out the book to know his position in the national campaign of right to information.
The book has mainly highlighted the role of public agencies in implementing right to infroamtion, relation between good governance and information officer, challenges in the implementation of law and resolving measures along with major actions and decisions of NIC in the past one year.