Right to information act: A step towards transparency and accountability
Neeteesh Kumar, Hadiya Khan
In a democratic setup, informed citizenry is one of the most indispensable pillars. Right to Information Act, 2005 is a major attempt to build up this pillar. One main aim of the Act is to ensure that Justice should be extended to all the sections of society and to bring transparency and accountability in the working of public authorities, as well as to ensure that this law does not become a device to obstruct National development. Right to information Act, 2005 is itself and outcome of Freedom of Information Act, 2002 which failed due to many of its shortcomings. Article 19(1) (a) on the Constitution of India itself provides sanctity to the Right to Information Act, 2005. Though the Act has already proved its might by ensuring transparency in the functioning of government agencies by exposing many malpractices in the working of government, especially in rural areas. But the Act still suffers from some lacunae, which if removed from the Act; will help a lot to further enhance the transparency and accountability in Governance. This Article will also cover the historical background of the Act, as well as will highlight some of the challenges in its effective implementation, a tabular representation of disposal of Appeals and Complaints by SIC (2006-2007) and lastly, will provide some suggestions.