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  1. ashakantasharma

    Right to Information and Good Governance

    International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention ISSN (Online): 2319 – 7722, ISSN (Print): 2319 – 7714 www.ijhssi.org Volume 2 Issue 2 ǁ March. 2013ǁ PP.11-22 Right to Information and Good Governance The right to information act is a path making legislation which brings to light the secrecy of administration. It is an effective means to promote democratic ideology. The act is powerful instrument to fight against corruption. By realizing this significance the Second Administrative Reform Commission had prepared a detailed blueprint for revamping the public administrative system. The second Administrative Reform Commission, government of India has published its first report in ―Right to Information: Master key to good governance.‖ Through this report the commission directly mentioned that access to information can empower the poor and weaker sections of society to demand and government information about public policies and actions, thereby led to welfare of all. Good governance and right to information are complimentary to each other. A nation whatever form of government it pursues must fulfill the aspirations of common man. Good governance is the only avenue, which can provide guaranty the life of individuals. Good governance is characterized by- political accountability, availability of freedom, bureaucratic accountability, availability of information, effectiveness, efficiency, law abiding citizen and cooperation between government and society. As such the Right to information is a natural corollary of good governance. The enactment of RTI act 2005 introduces an open and transparent government and gives every citizen right to seek and receive information to make administration more responsible and transparent which means good governance. So, World Bank once rightly remarked, ―Right to information is an integral part of good governance.‖ V.K Agnihotri and B.V.R Subrahmanyam opined that Right to Information is a part and partial of success for good governance. They said the minimum expectations of citizens from the governance are- - Timely prompt service. - Minimum Red Tape. - Minimum waiting time. - Minimum visit to multiple officers. - Minimization of Arbitrariness. - Prompt information in delays, waiting times etc, and - Prompt information on status of application. In the following paragraph, this paper tries to examine the right to information and transparency of administration as an effective tool of good governance. (1) Participation Participation of both men and women is the cornerstone of good governance. Representative democracy does not mean the rule of chosen few; it must take into interest of all sections specially the most vulnerable sections in the society. The Right to information acts gives people a chance to participate not just one in five years, but every day and question any decisions. The right to Information act gives an opportunity to the common men to participate in governance and reduce the imbalance in power relationship, provides a tool to oppose injustice and allows collective spirit to make democracy work for everyone. Right to information act also strengthen grassroots democracy and ensures peoples participation in local governance and development activities. (2) Accessibility Right to Information makes it possible to easy access of information from government departments, documents, records, services, finances and policies to all sectors of community. The Right to Information act by providing easy access of information reduces the traditional long gape between citizens and administration and thus helps in nation building process. The right to know and easy access of government information helps the people to understand the limitations of government at different levels. The availability of information also helps to foster in development process and it is a symptom of true and mature democracy. (3) Transparency Transparency is the milestone of good governance. Transparency means that decisions taken and their enforcement are done in a manner that follows rules and regulations. It also means that information is freely available and directly accessible to those who will be affected by such decisions and their enforcement. Transparency and accountability is possible only when the public have access to information. The enactment of Right to Information act 2005, people are now able to seek information from any government department with a definite time frame. The Right to Information act is intended to promote accountability and transparency in government by making the process of government decision making more open. Though some departments of the Union government are exempted from this act but the information can be sought if it is concerned with violation of human rights. Even the information from the private authority can be sought only through the controlling authority and controlling authority will send the notice to the institution concerned under section 11 of the act. In addition to this, the citizens are taxpayers, so they have every right to ask the government. (4) Accountability Accountability is another requirement of good governance. Not only the government, the private sector institutions should also accountable to the people. Information is power and Right to Information act brings accountability and transparency in the administration. The Right to Information act provides people with mechanism to access information, which they can use to hold the government accountable or to seek explanation as to why decisions have been taken, by whom and with what consequences or outcomes. However, accountability can not be achieved without transparency and rule of law. (5) Empowerment Before enactment of Right to Information Act, participation in political and economic processes and the ability to make informed choices has been restricted to India. As a consequence, commoners remain ignorant of various schemes and are unable to resist when their rights become causality. At the same time, people remain ignorant in terms of the ways and means through they can obtain their entitled rights from the concerned departments legally. Now with enactment of Right to Information act people can participate in decision making process and it enables the citizens to know about the government decisions. The Right to Information act empowering people by removing unnecessary secrecy surrounding in decision making process of the government. (6) Equity and inclusiveness Equity is another prominent feature of good governance. It implies everybody is a part of the governance and they do not feel excluded from the mainstream of society. The Right to Information act also does not make any discrimination between rich and poor and it covers all the citizens in India. It always comes forward to fight against inequality, injustice and inhuman activity. (7) Effectiveness and Efficiency The Seventh feature of good governance is efficiency and effectiveness. The concept of efficiency in good governance covers doing work at first speed and effectiveness means doing things effectively with result oriented. In this connection Right to Information act will bring more effective and efficient record management techniques that are needed to facilitate the provision of information in response to public interest. Under RTI provision 4 (1) it is clearly mentions, ―It is the obligatory of public authority to maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed.‖ Under section 4(b) ―every public authority is requested to publish within 120 days from the enactment of the act as many as 17 manuals.
  2. HYDERABAD: Lawyers, human rights activists, civil society members and media persons on Saturday evening reaffirmed the fact that strengthening democratic institutions will help providing the right to information to citizens and good governance. The dialogue on Right to Information (RTI) and Good Governance, organized by the Sindh Community Foundation (SCF) attracted experts and activists to share their views about the blockages of information, depriving citizens of their right to know, which is guaranteed by the Constitution. The event concluded after two-day training of youth, hailing from different districts of Sindh province, mainly students of various subjects, including law, to understand the RTI legislation and hindrances in its way to implementation.Read more at; Right to information linked to good governance - thenews.com.pk
  3. Srinagar, April 12: The Jammu and Kashmir State Information Commission (SIC) has asked the State government to ensure good governance by “ushering in a dawn of transparency and accountability”.The SIC, which is headed by Chief Information Commissioner, G R Sufi, has made several recommendations to the State government and asked it to take measures for accelerating the process of computerized management information systems by all the public authorities in the State.Read at: Ensure good governance: SIC tells Govt - Rising Kashmir. Latest News, Breaking News From Kashmir, Kashmir`s very own English Daily.
  4. Reported by Hindustantimes.com on July 26, 2014 PM throws open governance to people online - Hindustan Times Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched an interactive online platform that allows people to share ideas and suggestions and participate in the country's governance. "Democracy cannot succeed without people's participation in Government and this participation should not be limited only during elections. The participation should be there in fulfilling peoples' aspirations and needs," Modi said while inaugurating the platform. "The platform would bridge the gulf between people and government," he said. The portal, MyGov, will serve as a medium for the people, especially the youth, to connect with the government and thus contribute to nation's development. There are multiple theme-based discussions on MyGov where a wide range of people would share their thoughts and ideas. Further, any idea shared by a contributor will also be discussed on these discussion forums, allowing constructive feedback and interaction. Citizens can upload documents, case studies, pictures, videos, other work plans on the platform. "MyGov presents an opportunity to the citizens to both 'Discuss' and 'Do'," the statement said. The National Informatics Centre (NIC), Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) would implement and manage a platform "MyGov" which would facilitate citizen engagement in good governance. Minister for Communication and IT, Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad and senior government officers were present at the launch of the platform.
  5. ceasig

    RTI for Ecologically Safe India

    Dear all members of community. Greetings for peace, It is a matter of pleasure to learn about this portal dedicated to RTI and the mission of making governance accountable,transparent and responsible. I am happy to be here and seek be a part of co-learning community for working for socially inclusive and ecologically safe India. UPA government did a wonderful job in facilitating the passage of this act. In various capacities, I have been supportive of the act right from the stage of its conception through supporting programmes and initiatives for making RTI provisions an effective tool for empowering the masses.
  6. Panaji, July 12 (IANS) Goa got its Right to Information (RTI) law almost a decade ago but its citizens are now pressing for greater transparency in governance under India's federal law on RTI passed in 2005. While there has been some debate about how the two laws compare with each other, and whether the old state law (passed in 1997) has been repealed or not, campaigners here are largely agreed that the state could do with more transparency in its governance. The New Delhi-based Media Information and Communication Centre of India (MICCI), the International Centre, Goa, and the German foundation Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), which has its branches in New Delhi, held a state-wide in Goa meet to take RTI initiatives forward. This saw the setting up of a Goa RTI Forum at the end of a two-day seminar. Goa's former chief minister and currently assembly speaker, Pratapsinh Rane, argued that RTI laws need to be used but not misused. But he conceded that not many even among the educated were aware of its existence and how it was to be deployed. Salgaocar Law College principal M. Pinheiro said government officials fail to adequately acknowledge that if official information is suo motu made available to people, then a lot of time - of the people as well as government officials - will be saved instead of taking resort to applications under RTI. Journalists from Mumbai and Goa noted how the media could do much more to create awareness about the act and its success stories. It was also felt that the media itself should use RTI more than before, particularly in a state where the Right to Information Act has been under implementation for 10 years. It was strongly felt that the Goan government should voluntarily maintain a fair share of transparency and should index, catalogue and disclose all relevant information as required under the 2005 central Right to Information Act. Mangalorean.Com- Serving Mangaloreans Around The World!
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