Saturday, October 31, 2009

Karnataka the best in RTI Act implementation, finds study

Karnataka has emerged as the best example of implementing the Right to Information (RTI)Act in a first-ever study about the efficacy of the pathbreaking legislation, which, however, has also exposed how far away the country is still from becoming a perfect example of giving people access to information. Karnataka tops the country in implementing the RTI Act scoring 55 per cent in Overall Public Satisfaction (OPS), according to draft data compiled as part of Magsaysay Awardee Arvind Kejriwal-led NGO Parivartan's initiative to give out the first-ever National RTI Awards to promote people's right to access information from government organisations. However, while the state tops the list, the fact that only 55 of every 100 people approaching the Karnataka Information Commission will finally get the information sought means that Karnataka, and more so the whole country, has a long way to go in making the RTI Act really successful.

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