Jorhat, Oct. 8: The postgraduate students of social welfare department, Bosco Institute, Bagchung, opened an information centre for the public today in a bid to provide necessary information on a number of topics ranging from rights and entitlements to how to get grievances redressed.
Bruno Kachua, students’ representative of Bosco Institute, said the information centre inaugurated by Rev. Fr Nestor Guria SDB, the provincial of Dimapur, had been set up with the main aim of providing information regarding government schemes and the department concerned for the benefit of the people of Jorhat.
There are various schemes and facilities beneficial to the people, which they are unable to access because of their lack of knowledge.
“The centre will provide information about the various schemes and the department from which these facilities can be availed. It will also provide the necessary information they seek and assist them to negotiate the confusing channels of bureaucracy to access the facilities they need,” he said.
The students are also preparing formats of the right to information (RTI), first information report (FIR) and other applications.
The centre will assist the students, youth, and the people of the locality with relevant information about their rights and entitlements.
It will serve as an information store for the youth, which will help in enhancing their knowledge as well as skills, and create a platform for the community people to voice their grievances and help them to avail of the benefits from the departments concerned.
Activities that will be undertaken by the centre will include maintaining a record of the news clippings from newspapers, which can be referred for research, article creation, knowledge update, database and others.
In addition, it will also gather information on the various schemes for the youth, disseminate relevant information to the people in the neighbourhood and act as a via media between the community people and the various government departments by providing application forms like RTI, FIR and dictionaries.
The present team is working in setting up the centre in Bruno, Ebeth, Elicia, Iaisuklang, Lidamary, Letginlal, Wakid, Wanpoihun Zuvoitho and Meghna.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Jerry Thomas, SDB, director Bosco Institute, Fr Mathew C. Paul, SDB, assistant director Bosco Institute, Fr K.A Thomas, SDB, founder director of I-CARD, an NGO.