Summary of Right to Information Act , 2005
Topics: Government, Right to Information Act, Freedom of information legislation / Pages: 19 (4724 words) / Published: Jan 14th, 2013

Final Report
Understanding the “Key Issues and
Constraints” in implementing the RTI Act*

June 2009

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“…democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of information which are vital to its functioning and also to contain corruption and to hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed” – Source: RTI Act’ 2005

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Contents
Executive summary

3

Introduction

12

Progress made so far

26

Key issues and constraints in implementing the RTI Act

36

Learning from international experience

56

Recommendations

66

Implementation Plan

91

Annexure

95

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Executive summary

PricewaterhouseCoopers
3

Final Understanding the “Key Issues and Constraints” in implementing the RTI Act*

Executive summary
Background
In order to promote transparency and accountability in administration, the Indian Parliament enacted the
Freedom of Information Act, 2002, which was repealed later and a new act, The Right to Information Act, came into force on 12 October 2005. The new law empowers
Indian citizens to seek information from a Public
Authority, thus making the Government and its functionaries more accountable and responsible. The Act has now been in operation for over three years and has benefited many, including the poor and the underprivileged. It has been highlighted in this report through various case studies that RTI Act has adequate “teeth” to bring in transparency and reduce corruption. At the same time it accepted that the Act has not yet reached the stage of implementation which was envisioned. However, it is still a matter of pride that we have given to ourselves, a tool which has the potential to usher in transparency, and reduce corruption. Notwithstanding the improvement requirements, the following achievements are undisputable:


Civil society organisations have been, and continue to be, active in

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