Community Dialogue on RTI Act 2009 at Satkhira


A Community Dialogue on Right to Information (RTI Act) has organized by Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) in collaboration with Community Radio Nalta, Kaligonj, Satkhira on 15th July 2019 with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF Bangladesh) in order to involve community people with the implementation of RTI Act. The main objectives of the dialogue are to involve community people through raising their awareness on Right to Information Act (RTI) and have to sensitizing both govt. & NGOs for undertaking necessary steps for proper implementation RTI act 2009 as well as create an opportunity for providing all information as required of mass people.

Dr. Abul Fazal Mahmud, Superintendent of Nalata Hospital, Kaligonj has presided over the meeting where Mr. Selim Shahriar, Station Manager, of Community Radio Nalta delivered welcomed speech to the audience and explained objectives of the program in brief.

Prof. Dr. AFM Ruhal Haque, MP, Former Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee, Ministry of Science and Technology was present as Chief Guest. In his speech he pointed out that in todays situation “Information is a power”, we should use the power. For getting better result from RTI Act we should aware community people and involve them in the process where youth involvement is very important to build digital Bangladesh. Besides, he pointed out about fabricated news which may destroy our economic growth and deceasing of integrity & solidarity.

Mr. Nazrul Islam, Chairman, District Council, Satkhira, Mr, Syed Mehedi, Upazila Chairman, Kaligonj, Satkhira, Mr. Mansur Ahmed, former MP, Additional District Magistrate Mr. Abu Sayeed and Police Super, Mr. Iltutmish were present as Special Guests.

Around 150 participants from government, non-government organizations, teachers, NGO representatives, Listeners Club members of Nalta, local media representatives, academicians, President, Secretary of Press Club and other professionals were present in the dialogue.

Four panelists took-part in the discussion Ms. Jesia Zaman, Upazila Social Welfare Officer, Advocate Jafar Ullah Ibrahim, Advocate, Sakhira Bar Association, Ms. Mirana Akter Upazila Information officer and Mr. Abul Fazal, Area Manager, TIB. Mr. Reazul Islam, Principal Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah College moderated the whole program. Mr. Tofayal Ahmed, Principal Nalta Residential College read out a Key-note paper.

The Special guests highlighted that we should work jointly for implementation of RTI Act from own position. Considering the importance of RTI act, Mr. Sayed Mehedi Upazila Chairman of Kaligonj Satkhira mentioned that if Community Radio organize such types of program at grassroots level where he will extend all sorts of support from Upazila.

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