Information strong foundation of democracy: PM Dahal

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Kathmandu, Aug 22: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said more systematic dissemination of information was essential to realize people’s aspiration for change and prosperity. “Information dissemination that unites the entire country and people is needed in the present transition when the constitution is being implemented”, he said.
Speaking at a programme organized by the National Information Commission (NIC) to mark the 9th National Information Day in the capital today, Prime Minister Dahal stressed on the need of effective enforcement of the right to information to guide the society towards the path to stability and prosperity, and also to make the people creative.
Stating that right information if reached in the right time to the people would help increase their creativity, Prime Minister Dahal said only right information can lead to sustainable development in this present age of information technology. “There is strong inter-relations between democracy and information, and information is the strong foundation of democracy”, Dahal said.
At the function, the Prime Minister also felicitated six RTI campaigners Raju Dhakal, Sailendra Jha, Biswadeep Tiwari, Modanath Trital, Govinda Dahal and Prabin Kumar Sharma.
Also speaking at the programme, Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki called for strengthening postal services after establishing information centres at the local level. He said there was no need for all to enter Singh Durbar if they got information at their own local level.
Democracy would be strengthened if the people acquired the right information, he said and added that the government should have exact address of all the people so that the government could contact them when needed.

Similarly, Parliamentary Development Committee Chair Rabindra Adhikari said that the government activities would not be transparent unless the political parties maintained the same. He urged political parties for transparency in economic and other affairs as it was directly linked with reforms of the democracy.

Similarly, chief secretary Dr Somlal Subedi shared that the government was working to reach the Kathmandu-centered information to the local level and creating the environment for easily enjoying 32 fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution.

Chief Information Commissioner Krishna Hari Banskota said that the government was doing its business by issuing letters by stamping ‘confidential’ and ‘highly confidential’ on them, which he termed as a trend of ‘hiding the information’.

Bhadra 3 in the lunar calendar is observed as the Information Day marking the introduction of the Right to Information Act on Bhadra 3, 2064. The NIC was founded a year later on Baisakh 22, 2065. RSS

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