The Right to Information Act is for people, and awareness on the act's benefits can maximise its use, said speakers at the inaugural programme of a camp in Jashore yesterday.
The opening ceremony of "Right to Information Camp" was held at CTK Adorsho Junior Girls School in Bhojgathi union under Manirampur upazila.
Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI) and Jagroto Nagorik Committee (Janak) jointly organised the camp with support from UK Aid and Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF). Thirty individuals from the union are going to participate in the camp, said a press release.
Martuza Ahmed, chief information commissioner of Information Commission, was present as chief guest.
Md Shafiul Arif, deputy commissioner of Jashore; Md Ashraf Hossain, superintendent of police in the district; Nazma Khanom, Manirampur upazila chairperson; Md Ahsan Ullah Sharifi, UNO of Manirampur; and Md Abdur Razzak, UP chairperson of Bhojgati, were special guests.
MRDI Executive Director Hasibur Rahman delivered the welcome address. Convenor of RTI Forum and MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam chaired the programme.
Hasibur Rahman said, "…Through this camp, participants will be taught how information can change people's lives and how they can apply for information."
Apart from local villagers, people from various occupations were present on the occasion.