Saturday, October 10, 2009

Not yet a strong tool

While the Right to Information Act has done its bit to ensure India is a successful working democracy, its implementation leaves a lot to be desired. Sadly, many citizens are still unaware of how to file applications. The suo motu disclosure should have been implemented within 120 days of enforcement of the Act, but it's still pending. The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), along with organizations like CIVIC, CREAT, Kria Katte and PAC, organized a discussion on Saturday to assess how well the Act has been utilized in the past four years. CHRI programme coordinator Venkatesh Nayak said a study is needed to find out if it has affected government operations. RTI has worked best in tackling corruption and holding officers accountable, he pointed out. "The first two objectives of creating informed citizenry and transparency in government functioning haven't improved much."

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