Right to Information – Master key to good governance

States which had appointed a retired bureaucrat as the state Chief information commissioner, the Act had become almost a dead letter.

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 13, 2006

‘Changes cannot weaken RTI Act’


LUCKNOW: The chances of any amendments — weakening the Right to Information Act, 2005 — are unlikely. This was the opinion expressed by the state chief information commissioner, Justice (retd) MA Khan, at a talk organised by the Indian Industries Association in the city on Friday.

He also discussed the various difficulties he was facing in the implementation of the Act on a day to day level. Justice (retd) Khan said that RTI Act, 2005, is the most important Act passed since the formation of the Indian Constitution.

He said that the recent debate about whether the Act will be amended –to exclude file notings– is not going to bring any changes in the Act in the near future. He blamed the politicians for being corrupt and not adhering to the norms and rules of the land.

Taking a dig at the bureaucracy, Justice (retd) Khan stated that in all those states which had appointed a retired bureaucrat as the state Chief information commissioner, the Act had become almost a dead letter.

“The bureaucrats are the ones who take the decisions and they don’t want the others to know how or why they arrived at a certain decision,” he said.

Citing the Taj Corridor case, he said that as the High Court judge earlier he had asked for the relevant papers. “There was not even a single signature of Mayawati on any of the Taj Corridor papers,” he added.

Justice (retd) Khan said that RTI Act, 2005 was useful to the industrialists and businessmen as they can avail of this Act to know who got the tender for what reason. Corruption is rampant and the files don’t move unless businessmen do something about it, he lamented.

Explaining how he was facing problems from the state bureaucracy in implementing this Act, he said that he had suggested to the chief secretary to assign a hall for all the public information officers to sit in so that they are accessible to the people but it was shot down citing security reasons.

This Act is still active only in the urban areas, Justice Khan said. “India lives in its villages and it is here that this Act should be effective,” he added. The poor people should ask their netas how they got so much wealth in such a short time, Khan said.


3 Responses to “States which had appointed a retired bureaucrat as the state Chief information commissioner, the Act had become almost a dead letter.”


    Not only the State Information Commissions (except a few) even the Central Informaion Commission is totally dead. The decisions of the Central Information Commission are the biggestthreat to the Act. The decisions are totally arbitrary and protecting the interest of the PIOs. It is better not to have a central commissin at all as they are blocking flow of information to the citizens.

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