RTI- Opacity Behind the Transparency
Puneet Jain & Riya Jain
University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University
The hallmark of true democracy is the installation of transparent and participative processes where in the citizens need to be well informed on all issues relating to public interest. To achieve the bi-model of transparency and accountability in public affairs, a watchdog provision, Right to Information (RTI) came into being in 2005. RTI refers to the right of every citizen of the state to access information from the public authorities and consequently expose corrupt practices prevalent under their governance. The Supreme Court in its various dictums has undoubtedly recognized RTI as an implicit part of the Right to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Art.19 (1) (a) of the Constitution. But in recent years RTI has happened to be fatal for those who questioned the incompetence and lacunae in governance. It is rather becoming Obstruction to Information (OTI) where the giver of information utilizes all his strength to prevent the disclosure of same. The concept of quid pro Quo where in “an individual sees the sovereign as its protector and in return that individual adhere to the rules and laws formulated by it”, is nowhere seen. In order to set right this anomaly, RTI was enacted which not only aims at ending the long lasting opaque governance of the government but instills the feeling of respect and harmony among the subjects of the nation. So the present paper broadly exemplifies the roots and extensive coverage of RTI in the country.