The essence of Democracy lies in power bestowed to ordinary people. Governments represent the citizens, and they are accountable for any actions or laws they enact. A single entity cannot withhold information in a democratic form of administration.
Transparency is critical, and the Right to Information Act 2005 enables its implementation.
RTI Act is a powerful tool available to people to enforce the government to release information.
Two famous cases:-
Here are two famous cases brought to light following an RTI filing –
Adarsh Housing Society Scam
The RTI revealed how government officials were purchasing real estate at the newly formed Adarsh Housing Society in Colaba, Mumbai, for prices below standard rates.
Army veterans and war widows were the primary audiences for accommodation.
Commonwealth Games Scam
The Housing and Land Rights Network applied for an RTI into the Delhi Government’s Rs 744 crore diversion from social welfare programs to arranging the games. Dalits were the main benefactors of the funds.
The primary objective behind the RTI act:-
RTI Act empowers free speech and expression in the country. A well-informed society is a primary objective behind the act.
The application procedure is accessible and available to anyone belonging to any age group or social background.
RTI extends power to the people. People have the right to know how their government and public agencies function and hold them responsible.
Political parties work for the welfare of people and uplift society, and the RTI Act ensures they are in line with the laws.
Citizens can file an RTI to request publicizing party fundings and campaign expenses.
Corruption is seen as a pitfall of a democratic system. India faces tax evasion and financial crime, leading to $462 billion of illicit cash flow since independence (as of 2015).
RTI empowers anyone to expose fraud and foul play in any sector. While it is not seamless, it mitigates the chances by releasing records to the public.
How to file RTI?
Apply for an RTI at rtionline.gov.in. You can also file through speed post or registered post.
The Public Information Office or First Appellate Authority (FAA) can help you identify the department that concerns you.
A nominal fee of Rs. 10 accompanies the application. In case of failure in passing the order, you can apply for a second RTI.
For further information on RTI Act, fill-up the form on our website and get in touch with legal advisors and attorneys.