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IMPACT OF RTI ON VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS

 IMPACT OF RTI ON VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS 


India is one of the largest democracy in the world, but it still has not been able to gain trust of its citizens, it can be only achieved when people have access to all the data and are able to use that information efficiently. Information is one of those things that one cannot do without. It guides us and helps us to make up our choices. India is a democratic country where we have had the freedom of expression and opinion for a very long time. India is one place with full of diversity where every opinion matters. To form these opinions, a citizen must have an ample amount of information with correct and credible facts. People being the most important pillar in a democracy should be aware of the workings of the administration to see if they are not being deceived and the policies and decisions are being implemented in the intended manner. 


Keeping in mind all these key points, RTI, one of the most revolutionary acts introduced in India, empowers people to seek information from any public authority which creates a two way communication channel between the government and its citizens. After the introduction of RTI in 2005, there has been increase in transparency, accountability and responsibility which leads to good governance. India being cursed with poverty, problems regarding shelter, food and employment ; RTI is the need of the hour to stop corruption from hindering the development of our country. In the recent times, RTI has come out to be an effective method to curb the evil of corruption and protect the fundamental rights of people. 


Some of the institutions which have been highly influenced by this act are: 

  • RESERVE BANK OF INDIA : RBI has been covering our Indian banks shortcomings since time immemorial but the problem gets serious when the publicʼs money and interests are at stake where RBI should disclose the relevant details as to save the public from misguided decisions. One of the major game changing case in regards to this is Bank Of India vs. Jayantilal Mistri. 


  • FOOD DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM : PDS is one of the most prominent schemes which has been proved very beneficial for the impoverished section of the society. But one of the major shortcomings of this system is that it is plagued with corruption. Due to this, the system is not only moving away from of its goal of equity but is also tarnishing the ideology behind it. There have been cases where shopkeepers have defaulted and indulged in unfair practices. RTI has compelled these shopkeepers to maintain proper records which has helped in fighting with systematic corruption and also help the poor at the same time. 


  • NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS : There have been cases where NGOs have been siphoning off the funds for illegal practices. After RTI, people have become more aware and are able to raise queries against something which they find dubious. This has led to increase in trust for the NGOs which are actually contributing for the greater good of the society and consequently helping in the upliftment of the people. 


  • JUDICIAL OFFICE : RTI has not been an act without any limitations. It has gone through major developments in accordance with the changes that have taken place in the society. One such instance is where recently the office of Chief Justice Of India has included under the purview of RTI. This has enabled the citizens to question the highest judicial body of India. 


  • EDUCATION SECTOR : Indian government has always stressed upon the need for better education. This act has led to evolvement of some revolutionary changes in the education system as it has given power to people to question government teachers and school administration which has improved the services provided by government schools. Not just this, at a higher level, aspirants of various competitive exams can call out the the selection committees if they believe that the process was unfair. 

  • ADMINISTRATION SECTOR: Various offices of government have come under the purview of this act and consequently, under the scrutiny of public. They have to answer for their actions, like a citizen can file an application against a police officer who arrests or detains a person not in accordance with law, pensioners who were not able to avail the benefit of pensions can now come forward. 

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