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…)