Mysore, Mar. 2 (DM)- A one-day workshop on 'Right To Information Act for the visually handicapped' was recently organised at JSS Polytechnic for the Handicapped Persons in city.

This workshop was jointly organised by JSS Polytechnic for the Handicapped and Chennai's National Institute for the Visually Handicapped.

District Principal Civil Judge Raja Somashekhar, who inaugurated the workshop, observed that such laws and acts will be successful only when the Government implemented them in a transparent manner and the citizens actively involved themselves in its implementation.

"The handicapped are not in need of sympathy and instead should be given appropriate opportunities and training, whereupon they will ameliorate themselves," he added.

"With the exception of issues concerning national security and other key matters, all the citizens of the country can obtain information from all Central and State Government offices and aided Institutions under the Right to Information Act. Exploitation is on the rise as the people of the country lack knowledge about the laws. As such, an awareness should be created amongst them on laws that govern the country," he added.

JSS College Principal K.S. Suresh, who delivered the keynote address, spoke about the history of the Right to Information Act. Suresh said that though the RTI Act was introduced in 2005, its significance was lost as 95 percent of the population was unaware of it.

Also, some people, instead of making the best of it, are misusing it, he regretted while calling upon the people for judicious utilisation of the Act. P.V. Srinivasan, lecturer, National Institute for Visually Handicapped, Chennai, was the chief guest. SJCE Principal Prof. B. G. Sangameshwar presided. Polytechnic Principal Nanjundaswamy welcomed the gathering, while Computer Science HoD C. Nirupama proposed a vote of thanks.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore