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India's Rights RevolutionHas It Worked for the Poor?$
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S.K. Das

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198081661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198081661.001.0001

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Right to Information Act, 2005

Right to Information Act, 2005

(p.37) Chapter 2 Right to Information Act, 2005
India's Rights Revolution

S.K. Das

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a critical analysis of the Right to Information Act, 2005 and its implementation. It describes the events, which led to the enactment of the legislation, and the adequacy of the law in the light of other country experiences of right-to-information legislations. It reviews the implementation of the Act with reference to the constraints faced by the poor in respect of awareness of the provisions of the Act, filing of applications, hostile official attitudes, quality of information, and lack of infrastructure. The chapter analyses the performance of the appellate authorities and the government in respect of helping the poor to avail of the right to information. It also provides an analysis of the performance of the government departments in proactive disclosure of information and to what extent the poor have benefited from this exercise.

Keywords:   adequacy of law, other country experiences, awareness generation, official attitudes, quality of information, lack of infrastructure, appellate authorities, proactive disclosure

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