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Are bureaucracy, ministers interested in more transparency?

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 7, 2006

Harassment of citizens has become so common that it is not even considered news any more. Do you know, for instance, what remedial action you can take if you do not get your passport on time or the person you should get in touch with if a passport office employee asks for ‘speed-money’? Do you know how much time it should take a government agency to give you your ration card? Is it mandatory to grease the palm of a civic employee for something as basic as a water connection? Have you been told what action the government has taken after an honest officer was gunned down for protesting against adulteration of petroleum?

Corruption is, almost always, the direct fall-out of an opaque administration. Unfortunately, the system — comprising our politicians and the bureaucracy — are not always seen working for greater transparency in administration. The never-ending campaign, by the ‘system’, to dilute the Right To Information Act is only one of the more recent examples.

Are the bureaucracy and ministers interested in a more transparent administration?

Resident Editor, The Times of India Mumbai

9 Responses to “Are bureaucracy, ministers interested in more transparency?”

  1. rtiact2005 said

    I FEEL THE PRESENT CENTRAL GOVT AND IN THAT CASE THE POLITICAL PARIES ARE NOT INTERESTED IN SEVING THE PEOPLE.BUT IT IS THE PEOPLE WHO HAD TO SERVE THIS ELECTED KINGS OF OUR COUNTRY.THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE POWER AND CBI SHOULD COME UNDER PRESIDENT AND NOT UNDER PRIME MINISTER.
    RTI ACT UNDER AMENDMENT HAS BECOME USELESS,LORD RAM SAVE INDIA,POLITICIAN ARE OUT TO DRAIN INDIAS ECONOMY.GONE R THE DAYS OF FREEDOM FIGHTER

    Posted by ASHWIN @ 8/7/2006 11:33 AM

  2. rtiact2005 said

    People in Mumbai are proud to be Mumbaikars. This does not mean these very people can tolerate inefficiency forever. Enough time has been given to the politicians to show their capabilities and they have proved that they are not cable of running our commercial capital. What has been happening in this city in the last two years are not mere incidences, but the result of inaction by the people responsible to run each and every department. The bureaucracy and ministeres are not interested in a more transparent administration. RTI has become a joke by changing the guidelines.

    What Mumbai needs is an efficient CEO reporting directly to the President without any political interference. This individual should be given a free hand to run the city for five years with his own selected team. He should be made accountable for every action taken. Of course he should be given the full support of the police, para military etc who will report to him. A budget should be allocated for the development of the city with clear deadlines for each activity. Only such action can change the city and make it world class.

    It is then that we can say Mumbai will be on par with Shanghai. It is no use blowing trumpets without knowing how it is going to be done. Promises are not good enough. People need to see results.

    V N Sudhakar

    Posted by v n sudhakar @ 8/6/2006 9:46 PM

  3. rtiact2005 said

    The management structure of the Government requires a public review, debate and overhaul to conform to the latest management practices.
    The vested interests in the structure may attempt to thwart moves that result in a transparent and responsive administration.
    I have had pleasant as well as bitter experiences in dealing with the various Goverment departments.
    One pleasant experience needs to be narrated for the quick action reveals the system improvement brought about by the Regional Passport Officer of the Ghaziabad Office.
    My urgency to travel to Greece was mentioned in a personal interview and the passport was isued under the tatkal scheme within two working days. The delay in despatch and receipt of over four additional days highlighted the need to reform several other areas of the Office where the employees are acting slowly, either deliberately or due to lack of interest.
    In conclusion I would like to state that a single well meaning Officer with suitable management skills may improve office functioning. It is the duty of the higher authorities to allow such personnel to operate freely and to reward them in order to make public service offices become true to the meaning of the word.
    A personal request to the people is to complete all required documentation and to categorically refuse payments of speed money.

    Posted by Kirti Vardhan @ 8/6/2006 4:54 PM

  4. rtiact2005 said

    We in India are famous for taking one step forward and two steps backward. While citizens were celebrating the era of transperancy in administration through the Right to Information Act we are now told that the Act is being diluted.

    We look forward to The Times of India to launch continuously the campaign “Enough is Enough”. Let Times express the collective will of the people of India.

    I strongly feel that it is high time to bring in the concept of Accountability into our system of governance. If 15th August is approaching too soon let us force the elected representatives of the people of India and the officials in adminsitration to take an oath of “Protecting the Citizens’ Rights First” on 26th January, 2007.

    Posted by shantakaram @ 8/6/2006 11:00 AM

  5. Dr Rajinder K Singla, Chandigarh said

    Bureaucrats and Ministers never want the information to get disclosed as it is nothng but their vested interests that get exposed. It is clearly reflected from the harassment an RTI Applicant has to face once he starts his endeavours. Either the applications are returned using one or the other excuse or information is denied under some exemption clause (not actually applicable), supplied incorrect or misleading information, or finally resorting to legal redressal against the decisions of the SCIC or CIC as the money spent comes not from their own pocket but from the public exchequer. There is a dire need that if the legal recourse of a PIO against the decision of the SCIC/CIC fails, the money spent on litigation should be recovered from his own salary.

  6. SWAMINATHAN PATTABHIRMAN said

    sir,
    logan against corruption and the recent RTI Act are aiming at vote bank or atmost to vicitimise unwanted elements. we cannot expect anything more on this.

    India will always be No.1 as highly corrupted countries. Indian citizens are really comfortable with corruption.

    I have filed a complaint to Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and they have registered the complaint under CVC Ref: 611/05/10. Case involves several hundred cores on acquiring TDV Ship with Government Grants. I have alo furnished informations to CAG, CBI.
    CVC in its public domain stated that “Administrative Action has been taken” subsequently CVC updated stating “Commission adviced closure of the case.

    Anyone interested in the case can get copies of my complaint from CVC (quoting CVC Ref:611/05/10) under RTI Act and get to know how the system is working.

    No sensible Indian Citizen will fight against corruption and wast their time

    regards

    sincerely.
    P.SWAMINATHAN
    No.12, 18th Street, Balaji Nagar Extn.II, Puzhuthivakkam, Chennai-600091
    Ph: 044-22530059
    Cell: 9840780885
    emai: psnswaminathan@gmail.com; psnswaminathan@yahoo.com

  7. ANIRUDH said

    i read the comment, their should be a central system for knowing how to apply , where to apply , the prodcedures and the feed back by experts to the person seaking the information. regarding what the person want the do

  8. tejas said

    dear sir,

    I would like to know the procedure to Use RTI to know thw status of My application for a Arms License. Evwn after a stipulated date of 3 months no correspondence is received.

    What has to be done about it.

    Thanking you
    tejas

  9. Rauni said

    I have being an writing RTI Application since 8/8/2008 & my sucess rate is not more that 2%.
    But I am yet confident people in the Defence Ministry would rise above the law of the country & accept the same law.
    But the scare is always their as I am dealing with 62 Cantonments spread all over in India.

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