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2016-01-16T19:09:29+05:30
The right to information is implicitly guaranteed by the Constitution. However, with a view to set out a practical regime for securing information, the Indian Parliament enacted the Right to Information Act, 2005 and thus gave a powerful tool to the citizens to get information from the Government as a matter of right. This law is very comprehensive and covers almost all matters of governance and has the widest possible reach, being applicable to Government at all levelsUnion, State and Local as well as recipients of government grants.1 “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce, or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives” 2 Governance is an all-inclusive term covering various aspects of the organization and structure of government, which have an impact on the efficiency of government and the delivery of public services, and incorporates accountability, transparency, financial devolution, political/administrative decentralizationand administrative vigilance to check corruption. Good governance can be related to the basic goals of a society as enshrined in its constitution and other policy and plan documents. A faceless citizen is now blessed with a tool with the help of which he can now demand from the high and mighty in the government to know the details of every action they take, professedly on behalf of the people. The responsibility of ensuring that the RTI Act will deliver its potential rests with us.3 “Four years ago I said to you that an important challenge we face is the challenge of providing good governance. The right to information act was one major step. We have initiated refoem and modernization of government.” 
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