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What Has Worked, What Has Not and What Can be Improved

One Decade of the RTI Act

Tilting the Balance of Power: Adjudicating the RTI Act published jointly by Research, Assessment and Analysis Group, Satark Nagrik Sangathan and Rajpal and Sons, New Delhi, 2017; pp xvii + 291, 400.

The Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 (hereafter, “the act”) is an excellent example of a grass-roots movement culminating in the promulgation of groundbreaking laws and policies to achieve its ends. Originally envisioned to ensure that entitlements reached intended beneficiaries, the act has been used by citizens across the country to fight for a range of rights and entitlements, fight corruption, carry out research, and usher in a modicum of transparency in the functioning of public authorities. A decade after the law was enacted and the relevant institutions set up, it is now the right time to look back and take stock.

Tilting the Balance of Power: Adjudicating the RTI Act has therefore come out at just the right time. Attempting a full-scale study of the act, it examines the way the provisions of the law have been applied by the information officers of the central and state governments. The book also analyses how the law has been interpreted by the judiciary, and addresses the working of the institutions set up under the act.

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Updated On : 1st Jun, 2017

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