Chittagong District Administration and non government organizations working in Chittagong jointly organized rally and discussion meeting at Circuit House Conference Hall, Chittagong on 28 September to mark the International Right to know Day 2013. Mr. Alef Uddin, Additional Divisional Commissioner (general) was the chief guest while Mr. MM Abdul Kader, Additional District Commissioner, Chittagong presided the meeting.
Speakers called for successful implementation of the RTI Act 2009 for institutionalization of democracy in Bangladesh. These turned out to be a powerful medium of strengthening both the demand and supply side in implementing the Right to Information Act.
Right to information can create a more open and democratic society, reduce poverty, curb corruption and enhance transparency. `Rights to Information (RTI) Act would help ensure Accountability and establish good governance and rule of law in society.
Civil society and the government bodies need to launch campaigns to raise awareness among the citizens about their right to information as well as the process of getting the desired information.
September 28 is International Right to Know Day, which was established by access to information advocates from around the globe. It was first observed in 2003. The aim of Right to Know Day is to raise awareness of every individual’s right of access to government held information, and to know how elected officials are exercising power and how tax payers’ money is being spent.