‘RTI must be used to ensure govt accountability’

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 20:05

Mumbai: The objective of filing a query under Right to Information Act must be to ensure transparency and accountability in the government, chairman of National Minority Commission, Wajahat Habibullah said here on Wednesday.

Habibullah, the first Chief Information Commissioner of the country, addressed the 72nd convocation of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) here.

Some people use the RTI to threaten, he said. "It is also used as a threat...If somebody`s work is not done...Then he often threatens of filing an RTI (query)."

However, the ultimate result of RTI must be to strengthen the government, he asserted.
Saying that civil services had increasingly been politicised, he said the bureaucrat of the future must be a "facilitator and an effective motivator".
"The time has come for change and restructuring. A bureaucracy is, by its nature, risk-averse, thus change resistant. It instinctively withdraws from being responsive to new ideas," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 20:05
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