Assessing the Impact of the Right to Information on Promoting Transparency and Accountability

  • Shreyash Singhal and Kashish Garg
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  • Shreyash Singhal

    Student at Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, Mumbai, India

  • Kashish Garg

    Student at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India

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In India, the enactment of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) aimed to enhance transparency and accountability in governance by granting citizens access to information held by public authorities. The act empowers citizens to seek information from government bodies, and mandates public authorities to proactively disclose certain categories of information. This paper aims to assess the impact of the RTI Act on promoting transparency and accountability in governance in India. The paper examines the literature on the RTI Act, including its implementation, challenges, and outcomes. It also considers case studies of the RTI Act's impact on various sectors such as health, education, and corruption. The paper finds that the RTI Act has been instrumental in promoting transparency and accountability in governance. The Act has led to increased citizen participation in governance, better public service delivery, and reduced corruption. The proactive disclosure of information by public authorities has also improved the quality of information available to citizens. However, challenges remain, including the lack of awareness among citizens, bureaucratic resistance to implementing the act, and inadequate infrastructure for implementing the act. Overall, the paper concludes that the RTI Act represents a crucial milestone in fostering transparency and accountability in the governance of India.. However, further efforts are needed to address the challenges in its implementation and to ensure that the act is effectively leveraged for promoting good governance”.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 2, Page 936 - 944


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