The Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA), Punjab, organised  training programme for senior officers, including public information officers (PIOs) and assistant public information officers (APIOs) of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 yesterday.

There were 60 participants took part in the training programme, which was sponsored by the Ministry of Personnel and Training (DoPT). It aimed  at sensitising the officers concerned to the Act and also to make them aware of the latest developments based on the judgements of the Central/State Information Commissions.

Jaskiran Singh, IAS, Commissioner, Ludhiana MC said the RTI Act was a significant pro-people instrument aiming to bring about transparency and accountability in the administration, besides containing the tendency of corrupt practices.He encouraged the officers to keep update their knowledge about RTI Act on the basis of knowledge imparted by the RTI experts in this two-day programme. He also asked the officers to give practical shape to the spirit of the RTI Act and provide information available in official records and adhere to the time schedule provided in the Act.

Jarnail Singh, Course Director (RTI), MGSIPA, Chandigarh–cum-Regional Project Director, MGSIPA Regional Centre, Patiala, while highlighted the importance of such training programmes and said the institute organised over 200 programmes in a year on various subject such as RTI, Sevottam, office procedure, civil service rules, financial management, soft skills etc, besides providing consultancy, publications and dissemination of ideas/information in an integrated manner.