Right to Information – Master key to good governance

A year old, a hundred obstacles

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 9, 2006

A year old, a hundred obstacles

The RTI has achieved results. But there’s still the bureaucracy to contend with. Atul Mishra sums up reports from our correspondents


Since its enactment in June 2005, the Right to Information (RTI) Act has been a tool for civil society to ensure accountability in governance. However, the course of its implementation has been marked with many glitches. Activists and organisations associated with the RTI campaign have strongly protested the proposed amendment to exclude “file notings” from the Act’s purview. “It is a cause for concern, and the most surprising part is the complete silence of all political parties to the move. It appears that no party wants total transparency in government,” says Sriharini Narayanan of the Citizen, Consumer and Civic Action Group, Chennai.

Aug 05 , 2006


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