What is Right To Information?
The right to information has been recognized around the world as an important instrument for checking corruption and misuse of power.
(a) Information means any material in any form. This includes records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advice, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material in any electronic form and information relating to any private body that can be accessed by a public authority under any other existing legislation.
(b) The bill defines public authority as any authority or body established or constituted
(c) Freedom of information means the right to obtain information from any public
A powerful legislation like the RTI Act has to be implemented with conviction to achieve transparency and accountability. By themselves, laws can only create a climate for transparency and provide help to determine responsibility. Progressive laws such as these, however, must be backed by a citizens’ movement.