Topic: Probity in Governance: 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.
6. RTI is termed as a master key to good governance. Highlight and explain the role of RTI in making the administration and governance of our country more ethical and responsive. (250 words)
Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications
Why the question:
The question is based on the topic of RTI.
Key Demand of the question:
It is about examining the role of RTI in good governance and ensuring ethics in administration.
Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Define and explain briefly about RTI.
The answer body must have the following aspects covered:
- Few lines of introduction to RTI as a key to good governance; explain that RTI has been termed as a master key to good governance by second administrative reform commission as it ushers in an era of transparency, openness, participatory democracy and people centered governance. It has brought a significant shift in our administration and governance culture.
- Then its role in making administration and governance more ethical.
- Then separately its role in making them more responsive.
Conclude by highlighting challenges and concerns and suggest how despite all that it still holds a key place.