The Candid Eye

June 15, 2009

Right to information takes lives

The corruption in India has been enforced from top to bottom in the governmental hierarchy. When your senior official has got corrupted, you have no choice but to do the illegal things and sooner or later get corrupted yourself.

A standard way to earn money has been asking money by causing delay in work. One would never know what stage your application is, and the file won’t proceed from one table to another, unless you have fed something under each table.

To bring transperancy, the RTI Act was passed. Right to information was considered a fundamental right for the first time.

Here is a blog totally dedicated to the RTI activity.

This is the Government’s official website for the Right to Information Act.

The official statement of the act is here. Notice that the Act is not valid in Jammu and Kashmir! If you want to know anything about J&K, you cannot use RTI which is valid for the rest of the India! J&K retains its secluded status in this matter also, giving free hand to the government there to do whatever they wish to, without being questioned about it.

So how much success has RTI Achieved? Well, many governmental institutions have started putting up a information portal and its open to public who would like to know.

How much safety do the applicants have, is a debatable issue. The pursuit to uncover scandals and black money frauds has taken many lives! Mr. Venkatesh was killed in Bangalore for using RTI to uncover land encroachment worth 30 crores.

National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) is placed to give 100 days of guarranteed employment in villages. Its one of the employees doing a social audit was killed in Ranchi.

The Act promises information in maximum 30 days and in 2 days in case of emergency matters. However, it is delayed at times, as in the case of this RTI activist waiting for 14 months for information related to mining works.

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