Bangalore: The world’s RTI rating which was conducted to find out how strong are the provisions of RTI law implemented in 95 countries, has thrown up surprising results with lesser developed countries having stronger laws. In the list prepared by Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD), an international human rights organization based in Halifax, Canada, India has bagged second position in world rankings after Serbia by scoring high on the legal framework of the Right to Information (RTI), reports Ashutosh Shukla for DNA.
The survey was carried out by two human rights organizations like Access Info Europe (AIE) and the Canada-based Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD). The ranking were based on the various parameters such as right to access, scope, requesting procedures, exceptions and refusals, appeals, sanctions and protections, and promotional measures.
Bhaskar Prabhu of the Mahiti Adhikar Manch, Organizer of regular RTI commented, “While the world is saying legal framework here (India) is the best, people say there is misuse. People are suffering because of non-transparency and lack of information. Empowerment is not happening because information is not being provided,” reports DNA.
In India, it was Mazdoor Kishan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), a people’s organization, that first highlighted the need of the RTI Act. Then, it moved on to a national platform with the formation of the National Council for People Right to Information (NCPRI). Later, the Right to Information Act was passed by Parliament in June 2005 which came into force from October 12, 2005.