Centre to conduct study on RTI Act, gauge its implementation
New Delhi: The Centre has decided to conduct a study on RTI Act to assess its implementation across the country and find ways to address bottlenecks faced by various stakeholders.
The study will analyse public perception about the extent of reduction in corruption as a result of the functioning of the RTI Act and to calculate cost to the government in providing information under the transparency law among others.
Besides, it will determine the level of satisfaction among the people with the functioning of the transparency law, assess type of information sought by people, record experience of public authorities at different levels and assess trends in filing of RTI applications or appeals.
The Right to Information Act was enacted in 2005 to further the objectives of making governance more transparent and accountable.
"In order to strengthen both the 'demand' and 'supply' side of RTI regime, several initiatives have been taken by Government of India to generate awareness amongst public regarding their rights under the Act and how to exercise those and also to train Public Information Officer in handling the RTI requests fairly and expeditiously...
"To further strengthen the RTI regime, it has been decided to carry out a 360 degree study of the implementation of the RTI Act. The implementation of the provisions of the Act has to be studied from the perspective of both the demand and supply side," an Expression of Interest (EOI) floated by the Department of Personnel and Training, said.
The study will cover both states and central government, across various sectors, and will cover public authorities at centre, state, district and panchayat level.
"The time frame for the study is six-nine months," it said.
Earlier, the DoPT had decided to re-tender an RTI Call centre and portal project, aimed at further simplifying the process to facilitate easy access to government information, in November last year following unfavourable response.