Right to Information

Changes in the RTI Act: Diluting Democracy?

By Priya Singh, Christ University, Bengaluru.

The Parliament recently passed the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019. This Amendment Bill was proposed to amend the Right to Information Act of 2005. Despite strong opposition protest in the Lok Sabha and an opposition walkout in Rajya Sabha, the Amendment Bill has been ratified by both Houses of the Parliament. The opposition had proposed to refer the Bill to a standing committee that would decide its constitutional validity, however, this was not assented to by the majority.  (more…)

Right to Information: An Analysis

By Shalvi Singh, WBNUJS, Kolkata.

The Right to Information Act (RTI) came into force on 12th October, 2005. It replaced the erstwhile Freedom of Information Act, 2002. The Act was passed to “set out the practical regime of right to information for citizens in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority. It applies to all States and Union Territories of India except Jammu & Kashmir (where J&K Right to Information Act is in force).   (more…)

Pros and Cons of the RTI Act, 2005

By, Amrita Dasgupta, South Calcutta Law College.

An 82 year long movement came to an end in May, 2005 when the Right to Information Act was passed unanimously by both the Houses of Parliament. It is marked as the dawn of a new era. It is a powerful tool for the citizens to know the system better and also how tax on their hard-earned money is being used by the authorities. It became effective on and from October 13, 2005 and extends to the whole of India except the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Central Information Commission (CIC) consisting of a Chief Information Commissioner and the Information Commissioners not exceeding 10, is given the authority to interpret the RTI Act, 2005. (more…)

Political Parties under RTI: The only way out to fight corruption?

By Shruti Sharma, Campus Law Centre, Delhi University.

Right to Information Act, which replaced the erstwhile Freedom of Information Act, 2002, was passed by the Parliament on 15th June, 2005, but it came into force on 12th October 2005. The basic and foremost objective of bringing this act into force was to promote transparency and increase accountability in the working of every public authority in India. (more…)