Topic: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
7) “In the era of information transparency must be accompanied by accountability”, discuss how far the statement is true in the context of recent Jan Soochna Portal (JSP) launched by the government of Rajasthan. (250 words)
Why this question:
The article talks about the recently launched program by the government of Rajasthan and in what way the launch of the Jan Soochna Portal in Rajasthan is a vital cog in access to the right to information.
Key demand of the question:
One must discuss the significance of transparency and accountability in the government systems.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
In brief narrate the present context of the question.
Explain the salient features of Jan Soochna Portal.
Discuss the effects of the move taken upon the significance of Section 4 (2) of the Right to Information Act 2005.
Discuss the advantages of such a move.
Explain any possible concerns associated and challenges thereafter that need to be looked into.
Explain the significance in detail.
Conclude that Such a process of dialogue should be practiced in all spheres to genuinely harness the benefits of information technology. Digital divide is indeed a serious problem in India. To bridge this, care should be taken to ensure that access points are open and free.