Activists advocate using RTI for environmental, rural issues

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, July 17: The RTI activists today impressed to the Right to Information Act for environmental and rural development issues in order to make government implement relevant laws for their betterment.
The activists were speaking during an event at Doodhpathri where the Jammu & Kashmir RTI Movement (RTIM) had organized a sanitation drive wherein scores of activists of RTI Movement undertook sanitation work in Doodhpathri meadow.
The programme was organized in association with Doodhpathri Development Authority (DDA).
Durning the ceremony, Chairman RTI Movement Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat urged upon them to continue the drive in other tourist places so that people visiting these places get sensitized.
“We appeal people who visit tourist places to use carry bags to collect the waste they generate and not to litter it around. It is better if they get back waste with them and not dump the same as tourist places in J&K are under severe threat especially from emission of carbon from vehicles plus solid waste accumulation,” he said.
Earlier, RTI Movement held its 2 day execute council meeting at Doodhpathri on 15th and 16th July wherein various organizational issues were discussed. During the meeting all the members were urged upon to make rigorous use of RTI Law in extracting more and more information about issues related to environment and rural development especially the steps taken by Govt to ensure implementation of various environmental laws like water conservation act , solid waste management rules 2016 , and Biomedical rules.