Right information to fight corruption
People can get right information from an efficient and neutral administration; so it should always be kept out of politics, Prof Muzaffer Ahmad said yesterday.
Prof Muzzaffer said we need right information to fight corruption.
Common citizens can know about the parliament sessions, but not about the discussions of the parliamentary committees. The committees also discuss significant issues, very useful for the establishment of good governance, he added.
Muzaffer was speaking as the chief guest at a seminar organised by the Conscious Citizens Committee of the TIB, Sylhet at a hotel in Sylhet city yesterday afternoon.
He said many people gave wrong information while filing nomination papers for the last parliamentary elections. The government should take efforts to check the information.
The poor people need the correct information, which should be considered a human right. We must get rid of the culture of depriving people of information, added Prof Muzaffer.
He said right to information is the basis of democracy. We may have to wait much more for getting the right to information fully.
EU Shahidul Islam, former convener of the committee and president of the Sylhet district Bar Association, read out the keynote paper on ''Right to information law: expectations and reality'' while Conscious Citizens Committee Convener Faruque Mahmud Chowdhury chaired.
Among others, district BNP General Secretary Abdul Gaffar, Shahjalal university teacher Zayeda Sharmin, educationist Mahmudur Rahman, eminent businessman Muhibur Rahman, the Daily Uttarpurba's Chief Editor Aziz Ahmed Selim and social activist Rajab Ali Khan Najib took part in the discussion.