The enactment of the Right to Information Act, 2005 is a historic event in the annals of democracy in India. Information is power and now a citzen has a right to access information “held by or under the control of” the public authorities. Concurrently, it is the duty of all public authorities to provide information sought by citizens. A sea changed can be achieved towards transparency and accountability in the governance by implementing the Act in letter and spirit.
India being a welfare State, it is the duty of the Government to protect and enhance the welfare of the people. It is obvious from the Constitution of India that we have adopted a democratic form of Government. Where a society has chosen to accept democracy as its creedal faith, it is elementary that the citizens ought to know what their Government is doing. The citizens have a right to decide by whom and by what rules they shall be governed and they are entitled to call on those who can survive without accountability and the basic postulate of accountability is that the people should have information about the functioning of the Government. It is only if people know ..
State Chief Information Commissioner