Cerebral Shangrila

Monday, July 31, 2006

Right to Information

India is a bundle of contrasts. Arvind Kejriwal , head of Parivartan, gets the Ramon Magsaysay award for his contribution to the Right to Information movement (RTI) and empowering poor citizens to fight corruption.

NDTV meanwhile petitions the Govt on this , " We are appalled to learn that the Cabinet has approved an amendment to exempt file notings and cabinet papers from disclosure under the Right to Information Act (RTI) 2005.

In the last few years, RTI has emerged as a very effective tool in the hands of the common man to check corruption, fight injustice and make governance transparent. The proposed amendments would make RTI in-effective. This will prevent people from knowing why a particular decision was taken and who said what in that decision making process. It will prevent people from knowing why no action was taken on their applications and who the guilty officials were. In effect, the Government would end up protecting the corrupt and dishonest officials.

We request you not to sign the amendment bill, if it is ever sent to you. You may decide either to just sit on it indefinitely or to return it to the Government."

Indian politicians are afterall a different class.

3 Comments:

  • FYKI the RTI didnt work properly in its current form in UP. It is not a brahmastra to change ppl's deep rooted attitudes.

    By Blogger gormandizer, at 10:52 PM  

  • Yeah, no doubt that it is a good initiative. If you ask whehter it reached illiterate people, answer is "NO". so.....

    By Blogger ILA(a)இளா, at 7:40 PM  

  • gorm - its not a brahmaastra (nothing is) but definitely a powerful weapon.

    By Blogger Cogito, at 11:03 PM  

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