Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through Effective Implementation of the Right to Information Act

The Centrally Sponsored Scheme “Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government through Effective Implementation of the Right to Information Act” was launched in August 2010. The Goal of the Scheme was to contribute towards more accountable and transparent government. The Purpose of the Scheme was effective implementation of the RTI Act. The scheme aimed to achieve the following Outputs:

  1. RTI requests are filed by public with ease. The components designed to achieve this were:
    1. Awareness Generation through Mass media campaign; organisation of workshops, Publication of Guide books etc and innovative awareness generation programmes
    2. Simplification of processes for filing of RTI Requests and Appeals to central Government Authorities which included setting up of a call centre and portal for filing of RTI requests in GOI offices.
    3. Setting up of an institutional mechanism for collaborative working with CSOs and Media and included consultation meetings of the National RTI Committee, RTI Fellowships, etc.
  2. Improvement in quality and speed of disposal of RTI requests and appeals. The components designed to achieve this were:
    1. Capacity building of PIOs and AAs through training of CPIOs, SPIOs and AAs, online certificate course on RTI, Knowledge management, etc
    2. Streamlined Processes for receipt, disposal and Monitoring of RTI Requests/Appeals by setting up of RTI Cells in Central Public Authorities.
    3. Improved Record Management.
  3. Effective Information Commissions to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Act through capacity building of Central/State Information Commissioners