Initiatives for the implementation of RTI act, 2005

Mahesh Chandra Guru, B. P. and Nethravati, C. N. and Dileep Kumar, M. and Shivaraju, H. S. (2015) Initiatives for the implementation of RTI act, 2005. International Journal of Management and Social Science Research Review, 1 (13). pp. 51-54. ISSN 2349-6746

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The Right to Information Act, 2005 heralded a new era of participatory communication, governance and development in India. The inter-governmental organizations, multilateral development banks and other international financial institutions have recognized the right to information. Several non-government organizations like Gujarath based Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel, Agariya Heet Rakshak Manch, All Assam Shramik Krishak Kalyan Parishad, Narmada Bachao Andolan and other organizations have fought for the implementation of Right to Information Act. The activists have also noticed certain irregularities in the implementation of development projects which harmed public interest. They have questioned the lethargic attitude of the elected representatives and officials and prevailed upon them to ensure inclusive development of the marginalized sections of society in India. There is a well-established linkage between right to information and good governance which requires that civil society has the opportunity to participate during the formulation of development strategies that directly affected communities and groups in a democratic society. The civil society, NGOs, media and other institutions have played a crucial role in the enactment of the Act which has come a long way in India. The UPA government played the major role and ensured the enactment after series of struggles, debates and discussions across the country. The courts have also enlightened the policy makers and administrators about the relevance of right to information from social justice and economic development points of view in India. The policy makers and bureaucrats have not played a responsible role in the implementation of the provisions of the Act. Several activists and non-government organizations have launched a drive against the non-compliance with the provisions of the act by the government officials. Efforts are also made by the progressive individuals, activists and researchers to assess the effectiveness of implementation of RTI Act over a period of time. A majority of the commissions have not excelled in the proactive disclosure of information. There are certain advantages and disadvantages identified by the fact finders. Practically, the disadvantages outweigh the advantages with respect to implementation of the provisions of RTI Act, 2005.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Journalism & Mass Communication
Divisions: PG Campuses > Manasagangotri, Mysore > Communication & Journalism
Depositing User: Praveen Kumari B.L
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 09:58
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 09:58

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