Five ways to save the spirit of RTI9 min read 29 Jul 2019, 10:39 PM IST
In the wake of a bruising battle over the RTI Act, much-needed steps to improve transparency are being ignored
In June, more than 9,000 of the 31,000 total appeals were pending for more than a year. Currently, four out of 10 posts of information commissioners are vacant
In the winter of 1994, the village of Kot Kirana in Rajasthan’s Pali district was the site of a public meeting that would someday perhaps be memorialized in a Bollywood movie. A young Indian Administrative Service (IAS) probationer, straight out of the “Mussoorie academy", had released all the vouchers and muster rolls maintained in government records for public works undertaken in the district, according to Aruna Roy’s book The RTI Story: Power to the People on the early days of the Right to Information (RTI) movement. The public meetings which followed, in village after village, in the presence of hand-wringing government officials, is now the stuff of legend.
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