Request to Information Act or RTI was enacted in the year 2005 A.D.
If used correctly, request made to the government pursuant to RTI act can been a very potent tool to fight corruption within the Indian bureaucracy, judiciary, police force and even the politicians.
Not all subjects of such RTI requests fully comply with such requests in the spirit of the act. This is because it has potential to expose their corrupt behaviors and also as they think they’re above the law. The brown skin British Raj still continues in parts of the Indian bureaucracy.
At this point it is important to clarify that the RTI Act does not apply to the Judiciary, at least NOT in practicality. Judiciary is the only institution funded by the Tax payers of India, who chooses not to be held accountable or liable by various acts of the Parliament ( whether RTI or prevention of corruption), the very laws they are supposed to protect citizens from are the ones the Indian Judiciary chooses not to abide by.
The courts and judges in India DO NOT seem to fully comply with RTI requests, in the spirit of the act.
None the less, it is worth mentioning that a common man can use the RTI act to his or her advantage, in order to ensure that the public officials do not misuse their powers, follow the law, the procedures laid out by the law and serve honestly.
The principle of filing an RTI is simple:
Ask what you want to know, do not leave anything for guess work.
If you want to know everything, ask for everything. Be specific and ask everything” in writing.
At the time of drafting a RTI request, it is good to rundown the check list of :
- WHO ( By Who, To Who )
- WHEN ( Before, During, After)
- WHERE ( Public Place, Private Place, Office, Home, etc.)
- WHAT ( Was communicated, heard, written, interpreted )
- WHY ( the motive, intent etc. )
- HOW (the method) , How Much ( quantity, money, time ) , How far (the distance), etc.
to be continued, next week …
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