Activism in Policy Making: Creating Socio Political Change

By Keerthana Chavaly, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi & Gargi Kothiyal, Graphic Era (Deemed University), Dehradun

Public policy can be defined as ‘government action to address public issues’. It is essentially a government decision undertaken to pursue a certain goal or objective which may or may not be enforceable at the Central, State or local level of governance. Policy-making thus remains a dynamic process which is changing dramatically with the increased involvement of different stakeholders. Given the multiple voices of different stakeholders at various levels of policy-making, it is necessary for civil society to be proactive and create spaces for people’s involvement in public policy. One way of ensuring that people’s voices are heard and determine the fate of policy-making has been through activism.

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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…)