Every citizen of India should file one Right to Information (RTI) on monthly basis. Filing one RTI, every month will be very useful and beneficial in eradicating the corrupt activities witnessed in every government sector. This enables the citizen to know about the progress of action taken by the government officials in that particular sector. RTI, helps in keeping the check on the actions of the respective government. But this positive change can take place only when every citizen of India will be aware about this Fundamental Right.
Right to Information Act of the Parliament of India, provides for the setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens. Right to Information Act 2005 mandates timely response to citizen requests for government information. This Act replaces the Freedom of Information 2002. Hence, this law was passed in June 2005 which therefore, came into force on October 2005.
The Objective of Filing One Right to Information Every Month:
The primary objective of filing one Right to Information (RTI) is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government withholding corruption and make our democracy work for the people in real sense. ‘One Citizen, One Right to Information’ will help citizens to become well informed and he will be better equipped to keep necessary vigil on the instruments of government. This will make the government more accountable to the the governed. Hence, Right to Information Act 2005, has established a practical regime through which the citizens of the country may have access to information under the control of public authorities. Therefore, it will help to establish a better place for our future generation.
Know Your Right Better:
In today’s scenario many of us are so ignorant about the Fundamental Rights that the Constitution lays upon us. It is very important for us to have a complete awareness about such matters. Ignorance is one of the main reason that stops us from using our Right and get benefited by it. Lack of information increases the danger of corruption in various government and public sectors. Every individual should work for the ‘Betterment of Society.’
Moreover, by filing one Right to Information (RTI), citizens can gain information in any form. This includes Records, Documents, Memos, e-mails, opinions, advises and press release. Using your Right will help you access the circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models ans lastly data held in any electronic form. Further, it gives us the Right to be informed about the information that is related to any private body which can be accessed by the public authority under any law for the time being in force.
Why to File Right To Information:
Every individual should make use of this Right, in order to provide ‘Better Tomorrow’ for our future generation. It will help to form a society which is corruption free and gives access to equal opportunities to every strata of society. It will not only help us eradicate corruption but will also help us eradicate the discrimination existing in the society. Hence, it will enable us to make India a better place to live in and work for the welfare of the mankind as a whole.
Moreover, about 60,127 RTI applications have been rejected by public information officers in the year 2013-14. Therefore it is time to wake up and make the use of power given to us by the Constitution. The biggest offenders are The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (28.85%), PMO( 20.49%), Finance Ministry(19.16%) and 44% of RTI applications filed by the citizens were rejected without citing any valid reason.
Source: (Media Reports, CHRI Reports )
When Our Right Makes Us Bleed:
Right To Information Act has recently completed glorious 11 years but the current picture in this regard has not changed. The Right of citizen is making them pay a high price by taking away their life. It will not be wrong to say that RTI is Making the Citizens Bleed. This is because most of the activist who have tried to extract any kind of information has to pay the cost by giving up their lives. For Instance, Bhupendra Vira from Mumbai, targeting illegal construction was shot dead. Further, In March, Vinayak Baliga, hacked to death because he unearthed electricity theft and irregularities in construction etc. Hence, facts suggest that 311 attacks have been undertaken altogether on RTI Activists. The most Risky and Unsafe States in this regard are Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. Therefore, the time has come when we really need to come forward and do something in this regard.
Thus, every individual should do his bit in establishing ‘Better Tomorrow’ and help us make our very nation Corruption Free. You may visit https://rtionline.gov.in/ to file an RTI online. It’s quick and easy.