Topic: Right to Information
7. Some critics argue that because of the RTI Act senior officers have stopped recording their views frankly on files. Discuss this view.(250 words)
Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by G SubbaRao and P N Chowdhary
Why this question:
The question is based on the lop sides of the RTI Act and in what way it has loopholes that have led to incomplete realization of transparency and accountability in the country.
Key demand of the question:
Explain and highlight the loopholes in the RTI Act of the country.
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:
Start by defining the context of RTI Act in the country.
RTI Act mainly aims at transparency and making government information public. Discuss why it is still being criticized; list down the points that have led to the compromise of the views of the senior RTI officials. Suggest what needs to be done to overcome these loopholes. What actions need to be taken?
Conclude with way forward.