Right to Information Act

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NAME & KALPESH (22), KETAN (24),
ROLL NO.: LAKSHMI N. (26), LEENA (28),
MANISH (30), MAYURESH (32),
NAVED (34), NISHA (36),
RIDDHI (38), SAHINA (40)

INSTITUTE: IIPM, MUMBAI
BATCH: 2010-2012/FW/B5
SUBJECT: LEGAL SYSTEM
TOPIC:RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT PROVIDES A TOOL TO IMPROVE TRANSPERANCY & VALUE-ADDED PRACTISES IN PUBLIC DOMAIN SUBMITTED ON: November 7, 2010
SUBMITTED TO:

INDEX
SR. NO.| TOPIC| PAGE NO.|
1| INTRODUCTION| 3|
2| RTI & THE ELEMENTS OF GOOD GOVERNANCE| 5|
3| THE 3-STAGE REGIME FOR ACCESSING INFORMATION| 7|
4| HOW A CITIZEN SHOULD GO ABOUT EXERCISING HIS/HER RIGHT TO INFORMATION| 7| 5| A FEW USEFUL TIPS WHEN FRAMING QUESTIONS| 8|
6| DUTIES OF PIO| 8|
7| FEES CHARGEABLE FROM APPLICANTS| 12|
8| INFORMATION WHICH CAN BE DENIED| 13|
9| APPEAL TO DEPARTMENTAL APPELLATE AUTHORITY| 14|
10| SOME EFFECTIVE USES OF RTI| 15|
11| SOME EXAMPLES OF EFFECTIVE USAGE OF DEMANDING INFORMATION UNDER RTI| 16| 12| GREATER TRANSPARENCY| 16|
13| PROMOTION OF CITIZEN-GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIPS| 21|
14| GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY| 22|
15| REDUCTION IN CORRUPTION| 25|
16| RTI & ITS IMPACT ON MAJOR INDICATORS OF DEVELOPMENT| 26| 17| POVERTY ALLEVIATION| 27|
18| DELIVERY OF SERVICES UNDER SUBSIDIZED SCHEMES| 30|
19| HUMAN CAPITAL:EDUCATION & HEALTH CARE| 31|
20| BASIC ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE| 33|
21| EMPOWERMENT OF WEAKER SECTIONS| 34|
22| ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION| 35|
23| CASES| 36|
24| CONCLUSION| 40|

INTRODUCTION
Right to information (RTI) is harnessed as a tool for promoting participatory development, strengthening democratic governance and facilitating effective delivery of socio-economic services. In the knowledge society, in which we live today, acquisition of information and new knowledge and its application have intense and pervasive impact on processes of taking informed decisions, resulting in overall productivity gains People who have access to information and who understand how to make use of the acquired information in the processes of exercising their political, economic and legal rights become empowered, which, in turn, enable them to build their strengths and assets, so as to improve the quality of life. In view of this, almost every society has made endeavors for democratizing knowledge resources by way of putting in place the mechanisms for free flow of information and ideas so that people can access them without asking for it. People are thus empowered to make proper choices for participation in development process. The efforts made thus far to disseminate information and knowledge through the use of communication technologies such as print media, radio and television as well as internet, have yielded positive results. Sharing of information, for instance, about the new techniques of farming, health care facilities, hazards of environmental degradation, opportunities for learning and earning, legal remedies for combating gender biases, etc., have made significant contributions to the well being of poor people. Every individual or section of the society, whether working in farm, industrial or services sectors, requires a wide range of information to be able to effectively function in the knowledge and technology driven economy. Until 2005, an ordinary citizen had no access to information held by a public authority. Even in matters affecting legal entitlements for such subsidized services as food for work, wage employment, basic education and health care, old age pension and food security for destitute, it was not easy to seek the details of decision making process that affected or harmed him. Without access to relevant information, it was not possible for a common man to participate in a meaningful debate on political and economic options or choices available to him for realizing socio-economic aspirations. The Constitution of India has guaranteed (u/s 19) the...
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