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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2022.20.11.NQ66195

EVALUATION OF THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT IN THE INDIAN DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM

Dhananjay Kumar

Abstract

The world's largest democracy is found in India. Public trust in government is the foundation of democratic governments. A truly democratic society is facilitated by the accessibility of information in the public sphere. Information sharing between the government and the general public encourages public discourse. It aids in educating the populace about a transparent and responsible public sphere. According to social scientists, public involvement is essential for participatory development in a democracy. RTI is a key tool for empowering citizens in this context. In all areas of public life, including political, administrative, development, and economic issues, it has been used by citizens. It is rightfully putting pressure on the decision-maker to follow the principles of public welfare.In the history of Indian democracy, the Right to Information Act of 2005 is a landmark law. On June 15, 2005, the Parliament approved the law, which became operative on October 12, 2005. "The Act aims to encourage accountability and transparency. According to the law, public authorities are required to give citizens the information they request. The Official Secrets Act, passed in 1889 and amended in 1923, previously restricted the release of information; it has since been replaced by the RTI Act, 2005.This research paper tries to focus on the Background, Need for the RTI Act,Objectives of the RTI Act, Major provisions of the RTI Act, the Latest Amendment in the RTI Act, Major Drawbacks and Difficulties in the implementation of this law, and finally How the right to information can be made effective so that democracy can be protected and the rights of the people can be provided, for this some suggestions have also been given regarding strengthening the right to information.

Keywords

Right to information, Corruption, Government, Accountability, Public authorities, Transparency.

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