Right to Information – Master key to good governance

PM roots for information act

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 17, 2006

PM roots for information act
New Delhi | August 16, 2006 1:15:13 AM IST


Even as a debate rages over a move to dilute the far-reaching Right to Information Act, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday hoped that people would use it to weed out corruption and ensure good governance.

“We have to work hard to eliminate corruption in delivering public services – in fact eliminate it from all walks of life. We will work to put in place a system that rewards honesty, probity and efficiency,” the prime minister said in his independence day address from the Red Fort.

“I sincerely hope that the Right to Information Act enacted by our government will empower our people who will be able to use their rights to make government more accountable,” he said.

His remarks come even as experts feel that a move by the government to amend the act – so as to keep the remarks made by officials on government files out of the purview of the act – would dilute the very purpose of the legislation.

According to the prime minister, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to ensure employment and wages for a minimum period and the Bharat Nirman programme for the nation’s uplift were the government’s weapons to fight poverty.

“The challenge before the government is to implement these programmes. We have to improve the way governments function and deliver public services,” he said.



One Response to “PM roots for information act”

  1. S.K.Kapur said

    there is lot of difference in what is said and what is done.

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