RTI replies should be timely, transparent and trouble-free: PM Modi

Addressing the 10th anniversary of Central Information Commission, PM Narendra Modi said more openness in governance will help citizens as there is no need for secrecy in this day and age.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 16, 2015 1:12 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked government departments to keep in mind three ‘T’s — timeliness, transparency and trouble-free approach — while replying to RTI applications as that would help in reducing errors in governance.

Addressing the 10th anniversary of Central Information Commission, the Prime Minister said more openness in governance will help citizens as there is no need for secrecy in this day and age.

“RTI replies should be timely, transparency and trouble- free. It will help in reducing possibilities of errors,” he said at the function which was boycotted by leading RTI activists, including Aruna Roy, after authorities restricted the invitations to some activists citing security reasons.

Modi said right to information is not only about the right to know but also the right to question as this will increase faith in democracy.

“People should have a right to question the government. This is the foundation of democracy, this will increase faith in democracy. When matters go online, transparency increases automatically. Trust also increases,” he said.

He said aim of the Right To Information Act is to bring about a positive change in governance.

Referring to the role played by the Right To Information Act in bringing positive changes in governance, the Prime Minister said the law can also help in reviewing government policies.

Modi said his government’s initiative of Digital India, which will ensure that all administrative work is done online, is fully linked with the RTI initiative.

“When matters go online, all issues become transparent and the key objective of RTI is to bring transparency in governance…Maximum online, maximum transparency. There is no need for maintaining secrecy in administrative work. Those days are gone,” he said.

On the government’s decision to end the practice of attestation by gazetted officers in photocopies of documents, the Prime Minister said it reflected the government’s trust in people and such a move increases people’s faith in government.

Modi said RTI should be used for bringing changes in governance and not to limit it to just replying to questions on a particular subject.

“If we limit RTI just to reply to questions, there will be no changes in governance. We have to analyse the RTI questions and ponder whether there is need to make changes in policy matters,” he said.

The Prime Minister said to ensure good governance, every department must take every RTI seriously and see that subjects raised are addressed adequately.

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    Dinesh Shah
    Oct 19, 2016 at 7:13 am
    अपनी त्यक्ता पत्नी की आर टी आई अर्ज़ी को ब्लोक करने और कभी जवाब न देने का आदेश दिया और तीन साल से वह बेचारी जवाब के ईन्तज़ार में हैं,तब यह सयानी बात याद नहीं आती ?
    1. Surendera M. Bhanot
      Oct 18, 2015 at 6:52 pm
      Just think and tell me what he said during the RTI Conversion, can it be expected from the BJP regime under him? can he really meant what he said? Does he is doing what he is preaching? Does these worlds of his were another in the series of the Jumlas he is throwing around ever since the 2014 Lok Sabha Poll campaigning and till the last day on which these comments were made by him? Will all the officer, Public authorities, PIOs and the Appellate Authorities now take his words seriously and get to work as he said? Will now the RTI regime change for good or will just the opposite (bad) will happen? What is the creditability of his speech? will this go as another lie in the history of "Great Indian Political Drama"? JUST THINK!! AND ANSWER IF YOU HAVE ONE!!
      1. B
        Oct 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm
        Bring Political parties under RTI and then call it transparent. All gas, feku.
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          Virender Mahajan
          Oct 16, 2015 at 5:53 pm
          It is true that RTI has become a very powerful tool but the officers try to furnish information with manition.This manitive part should not be allowed. There should be regular audit by CIC for these information. Sir, in the interest of suffering mes, I submitted an application to CPIO, Ministry of AYUSH Government of India on 17.06.2015 and there was no response, I submitted an Appeal on 07.08.2015 , however the appeal remained unanswered despite reminders. While delivering judgement, Hon'ble J&K High Court stated that “It is duty of the respondents to ensure that quality Medicines are manufactured as they have direct bearing on the health of consumers/patients, The duty is cast on the authorities under Article 14, 19 and 21 of the Consution of India to ensure that right to carry on trade, business is not infringed and no arbitrary action is taken to affect the rights of the people and the human life is protected in all its shades by providing quality medicines. The medicines manufactured are to be subjected to proper tests and it is to be certified that they are up to the mark and of proper standard" In India large number of untested AYUSH Medicines are being sold in the Market and procured by Government Agencies which can be considered as health hazard
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            Mahesh Kumaraguru
            Oct 18, 2015 at 10:44 pm
            Mr. Modi, You forgot to include that RTI replies needs to be "truthful"
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