RTI activists becoming extortionists, posing threat to development: Tuliram

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DIPHU, Sept 15: “Extortion in the name of seeking information under Right to Information (RTI) Act has posed a serious threat to development of Karbi Anglong as most of the people are becoming extortionist other than information seekers,” Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) CEM Tuliram Ronghang said on Friday.

Ronghang was addressing as chief guest in the Engineer’s Day function organised by Karbi Employed Graduate Engineers Forum (KEGEF) here at Joysing Doloi Auditorium on Friday. The day was organised to commemorate the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Vishweshwaria.

“The Right to Information has now become ‘Right to Income’ for many people in Karbi Anglong. Most of the information seekers try to extort officers in the name of seeking information on schemes being implemented by the government. Those who are not engineers, and know nothing about construction works, are acting as engineers and questioning engineers on construction works in the name of seeking RTI information. This has posed a serious threat towards the development of our district,” Ronghang said.

Ronghang also said autonomous state is top priority and it was one of the poll planks of BJP during the recently concluded council elections.

Defending the comment made by many people in WhatsApp on submitting a memorandum to a spiritual Guru to convince the Centre on autonomous state issue, the CEM said, “If that person can convince Prime Minister Narendra Modi and agrees to solve the autonomous state issue then what is wrong in approaching him.

“The erstwhile Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) during its movement for autonomous state now Hill State Demand Council (HSDC) used to ‘gherao’ block and revenue offices. They staged demonstration in front of DC and SDO offices which can’t grant us autonomous state. It was not the appropriate office to approach and was wasting time,” he also said.

He expressed happiness with the large number of engineers from the Karbi tribe.

In the quiz competition organised on the occasion, students of DAV HS School bagged the first prize followed by Sister Nivedita Govt High School and Diphu Govt. Boys HS School were adjudged in the same second prize and Diphu Govt. Girls HS School in the third prize. Cash and certificates are given to the winners.

Earlier, a swearing-in of KEGEF office bearer was held. Paper on ‘Water technology for sustainability solution to drinking water,’ was presented by assistant professor, department of civil engineering, Bineshwar Brahma Engineering College, Kokrajhar, Dr. Medalson Ronghang. KAAC chairman, Horensing Sing Bey; EMs and MACs also attended the programme.

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