Right to Information and Good Governance (Revised and Enlarged Edition)

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Overview

  • Author :Rajvir Singh Dhaka
  • Year of Publication :2018
  • ISBN: :9789351252917
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: X, 342
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Law, Political Science, Public Administration

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About the Book :

It is now widely recognized that democracy to be meaningful ought to be based on the notion of an informed public participating thoughtfully in its own governance. Information and knowledge are the instruments for transformation because an empowered citizenry tends to make administration more accountable and participatory. It also ensures greater transparency and acts as a deterrent against the arbitrary exercise of official powers. The RTI has not only improved governance that is why it has now been recognized as an essential requirement of good governance. The enactment of RTI Act in India in 2005 marked a paradigm shift in Indian democracy. The experience of ten years shows that the response to it has been very positive. A wide spectrum of people from various strata of society have been seeking different types of information from various authorities.
The 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, important judgements of Supreme and High Courts 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.