ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Revisiting 11 Years of RTI

The enactment of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in India in 2005 marked a paradigm shift in the Indian democracy. It was the first confession on the part of the political parties that democracy needs continuous dialogue between the people and the government that comprises political leaders and civil servants. It is now widely recognised that democracy, to be meaningful, ought to be based on the notion of informed public participation in its governance. The RTI Act has not only improved governance, but also made the administration of the corporate houses and industries, which operate for profit, more transparent and accountable.

The experience of 11 years shows that the response to the RTI Act has been positive. During the initial years, public offices were inundated with RTI applications. A wide spectrum of people has been seeking different types of information from the authorities. It has served the twin purposes of accountability as well as transparency.

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