Tackling Corruption Through RTI: A Base for Good Governance
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March 16, 2010
Corruption today is the greatest enemy of good governance and causing harm to democracy and development. People in India must bow their heads in shame as they are living in a country where every organ, activity and functions are conducted with corrupt practices. Whatever the number of institutions we create, they themselves become other dens of corruption. It seems that good governance and corruption cannot co-exist. If it cannot which is that element supporting such corrupt practices? The Answer is SECRECY. Secrecy in Government is the most important cause of corruption, inefficiency and irresponsiveness and an enemy to good governance.
In addition to other measure made available to people Right to information Act 2005 is a landmark achievement as through this corrupt politicians and bureaucracy would be exposed and there is hope to develop a clean public life. RTI Act 2005 will strengthen democracy and would usher an era of socialistic pattern of society as enunciated by Late Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Since Independence government of India and state governments have been entrusted by the legislature on behalf of people of India, Billions of Crores of Rupees for various schemes for the welfare of the people so that the disadvantaged group of people can enjoy the fruits of freedom. However, under cover of secrecy, top personnel, whether in legislature, or judiciary or executive or Defense or NGOs left no chance to grab the money meant for poor people. There are large number of institutions set-up from time to time to support and help the poor and unprivileged people but vested interests made them non-functional or non-operative rather made them also dens of corruption. One feels pained to read newspapers, see TV and other Magazines which are full of scandals like Satyam. The ideals of socialistic pattern of society enshrined in the constitution have crumbled in the hands of politico-Administrative Leadership.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: Corruption, RTI, Good Governanceworking papers series
Date posted: March 24, 2010
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