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Right to Information Act 2005 : A Boon or Illusion

6 February 2011 One Comment

It is being said that the use of Right to Information Act 2005 is getting its base stronger in India,but is it really working to its full Potential…not really,more than a Boon its becoming a Illusion for the RTI Activist’s, as even after getting the Information there is no mechanism in place which starts to work on rectifying the errors pointed immediately.Many a times there are superficial or covered up replies provided to RTI Applications by the Public Information Officers (PIO) to cover up or save the skin of Concerned …

Today even our judicial system has errors but where have we rectified it or how much have we rectified it ?

There is a lot of talk about Good Governance but when you see a Scam being un-earthed every day, and the bottom line is not the exposure of a problem which exists but rectifying  the errors pointed out which are more important and which are not looked in to !!

Take the recent Case of IIT-Kharagpur,the former Public information officer T.K.Ghosal and currently the officiating registrar, had given a  false information under the RTI Act about the Joint Entrance Examination-2006.

The CIC in his order took a strong note  in this case as a fact that instead of appearing personally, Ghosal asked law firm Fox Mandal & Associates to represent him in this case. CIC said three people who appeared on behalf of Ghosal — A Patra, public information officer, IIT-Kharagpur, Brig A.K.Joshi and Rajan K.Sarkar were clueless as to why false information had been provided, Public money and interest could have been better served if Ghosal, who is officiating registrar, had appeared before the commission in this matter,after which the CIC had also asked the additional superintendent of police, Kharagpur, to provide security to Kumar after making an assessment of the threats to him and also informed that if any physical harm came to Rajeev Kumar the police will be held responsible for not having performed their duty.But does this happen every time ?

As it happens in our Country every time we are forced to say Justice delayed is most of the time Justice Denied purposely and then the Government proposes regulatory changes in the law to make it more weaker than already it is …..so its not wrong to say that bureaucracy is making the Right to Information Act (RTI) 2005 A Illusion out of a Boon given by Mistake !!

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    RTI Activist >>Right to Information Act 2005 : A Boon or Illusion…

    It is being said that the use of Right to Information Act 2005 is getting its base stronger in India,but is it really working to its full Potential…not really,more than a Boon its becoming a Illusion for the RTI Activist’s, as even after getting the In…