Has the RTI-Act made the public stronger?
October 5, 2006 12:47am CST
File notings reveal the element of corruption involved, who has exercised what kind of pressure and on whom, which officials have caved in, and who are the honest and upright officials (few indeed nowadays) who have opposed pressure. If "file notings" is exempted from the RTI Act an examinee applying for a recheck of the copy of an Academic or Competitive Examination would be denied access to the answer scripts. Similarly, a contractor would not know on what grounds his tender has been rejected. Another example is that villagers would not be given information about how much funds have actually been allocated for a particular project sanctioned in their area, and how much money was actually spent for it. Similarly,in the town area for instance, you would not get information of when your town's water supply tank was last cleaned, or why it has been delayed. "In a list of most corrupt countries of the world, our position is quite high.RTI gives us a chance to bring down our ranking in this respect. Let us not throw it away," says O. P. Kejriwal,commissioner, Central Information Commission and winner of the 2006 Magasaysay Award. I agree with him. Let us vote for cleaner minds and pockets! Sources of the above Info:Times of India, NDTV.Com, rti.aidindia.org