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Government Brought Most Public Authorities Under RTI Act

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  1. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  2. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

 

Government Brought Most Public Authorities Under RTI Act

 

What to Study?

  • Static Part: About Department of Personnel and Training, RTI Act

Context: The government has brought most of the public authorities under the purview of the RTI act, which is in keeping with the commitment to ensure maximum transparency in the working of these Institutions.”

Department of Personnel and Training (DOP&T):

  • It is the nodal department for the Right to Information and Central Information Commission.
  • So far it has successfully covered nearly 2000 public authorities under the RTI Act.

Background:

Right to Information Act 2005 mandates timely response to citizen requests for government information.

It is an initiative taken by Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions to provide a RTI Portal Gateway to the citizens for quick search of information on the details of first Appellate Authorities, PIO, etc.

It replaces the erstwhile Freedom of information Act, 2002.

Under the provisions of the Act, any citizen of India may request information from a “public authority” (a body of Government or “instrumentality of State”) which is required to reply expeditiously or within thirty days. The Act also requires every public authority to computerise their records for wide dissemination.

The Act is applicable to whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir.

Objective of the RTI Act:

  • To empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government, contain corruption, and make our democracy work for the people in real sense.
  • It is a big step towards making the citizens informed about the activities of the Government.