GOALPARA, Aug 21 - A district forum meeting on a European Union funded project titled �Improving access to information of public schemes in remote and backward districts of North East India� which is being implemented by North East India Committee on Relief and Development (NEICORD), a registered NGO, was organised in association with field NGO here at the Officers' Club recently.
Deliberating on issues relating to the project, the district coordinator of NEICORD, Samson Hazowary explained to the PRI members, community leaders and other stakeholders what the project tries to seek during its 4-year duration for achieving enhanced access, transparency and quality of information on 10 public schemes available for the marginalised section of the society, besides quality and accountability of public service delivery actors.
He also discussed in detail the necessity of Aadhaar and its unique identity number for availing welfare benefits of various schemes. It may be mentioned here that the projects which are supported by the European Union covers only 7 districts of the North eastern States, namely Goalpara and Cachar in Assam, Chandel and Churachandpur in Manipur, Ri Bhoi in Meghalaya, Lawntlai in Mizoram and Workha in Nagaland.
Journalist and NTF fellow Syed Rabiul Haque explained in detail and provided necessary guidance on how to use the Right to Information Act (RTI) and urged all the stakeholders and other participants present to popularise it at the grassroot level and utilise it in such a way so as to check corruption by obtaining information on services and processes involved in various Govt schemes implemented in their respective areas.
Senior journalist and another NTF fellow Dilip Sarma said that Fundamental Right is a powerful weapon for fighting poverty and as such it should be utilised to good effect by people living in the rural areas for monitoring and evaluating various Government developmental schemes.The meeting was followed by formation of a district forum committee ensuing an open discussion.
It may be mentioned that members of NGO Swayam Saksham also participated on the ocasion.