Right to Information and Good Governance

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  • Author :Rajvir Singh Dhaka
  • Year of Publication :2010
  • ISBN: :9788180696596
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XII, 474
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Political Science, Public Administration

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About the Book :

Meaningful substantive democracy ought to be founded on the notion of an informed public adequately equipped to participate thoughtfully and actively in the governance of the country. If transparency and accountability are the imperatives for sustaining democratic governance, access to information is a vital instrument of societal transformation. The Right to Information Act, 2005 has been enacted to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for the citizens to ensure access to information under the control of public authorities, and its chief aim is to promote transparency and accountability in the working of public authorities. RTI has the potential to empower the citizens in relation to the state by making administration more accountable and participatory. Besides, apart from ensuring greater transparency it acts as a deterrent against the arbitrary exercise of public powers. The governance is, therefore, undoubtedly strengthened by the RTI. This book analyses the right to information in international and national scenario. The book offers a comprehensive appraisal of the need of the RTI Act, 2005, it covers salient features, FAQs, important judgements of Central and State Information Commissions and point outs the grey areas of the Act as well. The book also highlights the role and responsibilities of the Assistant Public Information Officers, Public Information Officers, First Appellate Authorities and Information Commissions. In addition, the book delineates the practical aspects of its implementations, therefore, pinpointing the impediments in its effective implementation as well as charting the roadmap for the bright future in the days to come. To facilitate the comparative and better understanding of the implementation of RTI Act in the states, certain relevant and important RTI Rules of Centre and States have been included in the book at the end. The book is designed to help the information seekers, policy-makers, public authorities and of course the students.

About Author :

Rajvir S. Dhaka with 23 years of Teaching and Training Experience, is currently a Senior Faculty at the Haryana Institute of Public Administration, Gurgaon. He has Masters Degree in Public Administration, MBA in Human Resource Development and Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science. For pursuing doctoral research he was given Senior and Junior Fellowship by UGC, Government of India. At HIPA, Dr. Dhaka is In-charge of Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Right to Information Cell, Right to Services Delivery Cell and Sevottam Centre. He has been professionally trained at Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Civil Service College, Singapore and Australian Civil Service Commission, Canberra, in Professional Development Programme in 2010. He has also been trained at Asia Climate Change Education Centre, Jeju, South Korea in October, 2017 on latest issues in governance in the developing countries. Dr. Dhaka is the Master Trainer on RTI Act and he is also State Nodal Officer for DOPT & UNDP sponsored project on "Capacity Building for Access to Information" since 2007. Dr. Dhaka has also been the member of the Committee constituted by DOPT Government of India to examine the Recommendations of Committee of Experts on suo motu Disclosure.
Dr. Dhaka has published five books and has contributed more than three dozen articles in National and International Journals, Magazines and Newspapers. As a Master Trainer on RTI, Dr. Dhaka is guest faculty to various National and State Academies, PSUs & Academic Institutions.