Sunday, October 18, 2009

Vice President's valedictory address at 4th Annual Convention of CIC

The Vice President of India Shri. M. Hamid Ansari has said that in any democratic society, a level of dissatisfaction among the citizenry towards their government should be taken as a given. Delivering valedictory address at the "4th. Annual Convention of the Central Information Commission (CIC)" here today, he said that far from being a nuisance to the process of governance, it is such dissatisfaction that propels government to improve its functioning, be sensitive and empathetic to the problems of citizens and ensures efficient allocation and spending of public resources.
He opined that it is no surprise that the Right to Information Act is no exception to this trend. When passed in 2005, it was hailed as a revolutionary step aimed at fundamentally altering the balance of power between the government and citizens. Four years hence, dissatisfaction is evident.

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