New Delhi, Oct 12 (GCCurrentAffairs) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that the Right to Information (RTI) Act — which has proved to be a significant milestone in the democratic journey of the country — would be less required in the future as the government has taken a number of steps, on a proactive basis, to make the information available in the public domain.
He said RTI is a great initiative which contributes towards effective administration practices and is also against injustice.
Speaking at the 14th convention of Central Information Commission (CIC) here at Vigyan Bhavan, he said the RTI has been successful in bridging the gap between citizens and the administration in last 14 years and it is capable of bringing in good practices for progress of the government.
“In last 14 years, the people’s faith in governance has increased and the RTI has played a big role in this democratic journey of the country and created a aware civil society,” he pointed out.
Mr Shah said that the government’s focus is on making maximum information available on the public domain making it easier for public and thereby is creating infrastructure for the same purpose which will decrease the need for filing RTI applications by the public.
“I am told that over 2.5-crore information pieces have been disseminated since its inception which is certainly a significant achievement,” he further said.
He said that the history of RTI goes back to 1766 and till 1990, only 11 countries had this wonderful tool.
“This Act has been helpful in building a better and transparent administrative set up in the world and India is also one among them,” he elaborated.
“As far as the mechanism and structure of the RTI Act is concerned, I can say that it has been doing well. Under this, CIC as well as the State Information Commissions have been set up and over five lakh information officials are working to deliver,” Mr Shah said.
“ I think, there is no other country in the world, except India, which has engaged over five lakh information officials to disseminate information on governance,” he added.
Mr Shah claimed that Parliament now has given more teeth to this Act.
“Mr Narendra Modi-led NDA Government has been working in such a transparent way that people will not have need for this Act.”
“There are many portals and dashboard where one can see the information and updates such as on dashboard portal, one who has applied for power connection, can find all the details of their application and departmental processes,” he said.
“Today, nobody files an RTI for information about coal block allocation since everything is available online,” he remarked.
He asked the Chief Information Commissioner and other officials to make awareness about ‘Right to Responsibility’ among the citizens.