The writer is former secretary, DoPT, and a former CIC
The relationship of the RTI with the judiciary has been fraught from the beginning. Since the RTI Act conferred powers on the chief justice of the Supreme Court of India and the chief justices of high courts of states for carrying out its provisions, all these courts framed their own rules.
A number of significant disclosures were forced by the RTI, including the information regarding 2G and Commonwealth Games and so on.
New National Judicial Appointments Commission promises public participation in deciding who will be superior judges
No amount of judicial reform is likely to yield results unless legal education is also cleaned up.
We suspect sudden transfers but ignore the arbitrary rules for appointment.
Competence and accountability are bigger issues for the CBI than independence.
The CSAT is not unfair. Class 10-level skills are not too much to ask for
Restricting decision-making to four levels is a start. Now build on it
The new prime minister must restore the primacy of the appointments committee of the cabinet.
The CBI needs to be strengthened by reforms in recruitment,training and investigative techniques.
Reforming the bureaucracy will yield better results than demanding more laws
Let us treat the bureaucracy as our own with a degree of possessiveness