Monday, August 07, 2017

Did You Know Someone Asked India's Nuke Code As An RTI Reply, Here's What Some Others Did.

India Times: Manindar Dabas : Monday, August 7, 2017.
The Right To Information (RTI) Act that came into being in 2005. It is perhaps that greatest gift given by the state to the masses since independence. It empowers a common people in the truest sense possible.
How many of us knew that Hockey wasn’t our national game, before Aishwarya Parashar, a class VII student filled RTI and revealed that India’s doesn’t have any national game? Perhaps none of us knew it.
Indians file nearly 60 lakh RTIs a year and this number is highest of such information request in the world with most requests are filled in Delhi. On October last year, the government came with a number that since its inception in 2005, nearly 1.75 crore RTIs were filled. 
Whether it’s 2G, Commonwealth scam, Red Cross society scam and much more, which didn’t get to the national media, RTI has been a tool that has empowered common to such an extent that now he alone can make the difference.
Yes, it takes only Rs 10 to right a wrong. The greatest achievement of RTI is that it fills the most powerful sitting at the top of various helms that yes, they are powerful, but not beyond the reach of common man.
Despite RTI being an unprecedented success and an infallible weapon in the hand of common man, most in India don’t file RTI because they think everything around them is hunky-dory and they don’t need to know anything or they simply just don’t know how to file one. Meanwhile, there are some who want to know everything through RTI. Well, almost.