Topic– Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability,
7) There is a need to iron out the flaws in RTI act rather than manipulating its loopholes. Comment.(250 words)
Why this question
RTI has been a revolutionary legislation and has significantly increased the transparency and accountability in government functioning. However recently there have been certain attempts to undermine the act which needs to be discussed.
Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to express our knowledge and understanding about the RTI act and express our opinion as to whether there is a need to iron out the problems in RTI act or not.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the RTI act- its aims and significance.
- Discuss the present problems with the act and the need to rectify the same E.g right to information formed the foundation of good governance, as transparency is one of its core elements; strengthening of the RTI would be a step towards transforming the covert public administrative system into a “public-centric” administrative system; There is need for measures to toughen the Act and make procedures to access information people-friendly.
- These measures range from the repealing of the Official Secret Act, introducing an oath of transparency to use of multi-media campaigns in local languages for awareness and opening up the working of parliamentary standing committees for public access.
- Central Information Commission took an average of 319 days to hear and give an order on an appeal from the date it was filed before the commission, with the maximum number of days taken by the CIC reaching to 862 days. The callous attitude of Information Commissioners (ICs) reflects in the fact that an average of 56 per cent of orders recorded violations of Section 20 of the RTI, based on which penalties should have been imposed. But a penalty was imposed in only 4 percent of the cases etc.
Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.