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Bringing Information to the Citizens

Right to Information Act 2005 mandates timely response to citizen requests for government information. […]

The basic object of the Right to Information Act is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government, contain corruption, and make our democracy work for the people in real sense. It goes without saying that an informed citizen is better equipped to keep necessary vigil on the instruments of governance and make the government more accountable to the governed. The Act is a big step towards making the citizens informed about the activities of the Government.

Source: About Right to Information Act 2005: Bringing Information to the Citizens
URL: http://rti.gov.in
Date accessed: 17 July 2018

Any move to amend the RTI Act must involve public consultation

Aruna Roy & Nikhil Dey, The Hindu, 17 July 2018 | Read the full comment here >>

[…] Since 2005, the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005 has helped transform the relationship between the citizen and government, dismantle illegitimate concentrations of power, legitimise the demand for answers, and assist people in changing centuries of feudal and colonial relationships. But public servants, troubled by accountability, have seen this as interference. As a result, the RTI Act has been under constant threat of amendments. At least two major attempts to amend the Act have been met with such strong popular resistance that the government of the day has had to back off. […]

The spirit of the RTI law lies in not just the filing of an RTI application and getting an answer. It actually mandates the replacement of a prevailing culture of secrecy with a culture of transparency. […]

Citizens’ movements in India have been energetic and courageous. The use of the RTI has led to more than 70 citizens fighting corruption losing their lives, but the government remains unaffected. […]

Nikhil Dey and Aruna Roy are founder members of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan and National Campaign for People’s Right to Information

Source: Dark clouds over the RTI
URL: https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/dark-clouds-over-the-rti/article24436554.ece
Date accessed: 17 July 2018

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