Topic: Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures
1) Recently the ambit of RTI was widened by bringing in NGOs under its purview, don’t you think bringing judiciary under the purview of the RTI Act can lead to enhanced public trust in the judiciary? Critically Analyse.(250 words)
Why this question:
To bring further transparency in “public dealings and probity in public life”, the Supreme Court on Tuesday held that NGOs getting substantial funds directly or indirectly from the government fall within the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Key demand of the question:
One must discuss the nuances of bringing judiciary under the ambit of RTI and the outcome of such a move.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.
Structure of the answer:
In brief discuss the relevance of RTI as of today.
The answer body should capture the following aspects briefly –
Explain first the salient features of RTI.
Provide for arguments in favour of bringing the Judiciary under RTI.
In what way it will enhance the public trust in Judiciary – quote necessary reasons such as Transparency, will ensure accountability, help address abuse of discretion, corruption and other administrative malpractices.
Discuss the necessary arguments against bringing judiciary in RTI.
Conclude with fair and balanced opinion.