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2021, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Part B

The Impact of Right to Information (RTI) on Government Accountability


Author(s): Dr. Jeet Ram Sharma

Abstract:
The Right to Information (RTI) is a fundamental tool for promoting government transparency and accountability. This research paper attempts to discuss the impact of RTI on government accountability, seeking to understand how RTI laws have shaped governance and accountability in a contemporary context. Utilizing a combination of quantitative analysis and case studies, this paper offers insights into the multifaceted influence of RTI on government institutions. It examines the implementation of RTI laws, emphasizing the legal and institutional framework governing the disclosure of information, and assesses the role and responsiveness of government bodies to RTI requests. The study reveals that RTI has facilitated a significant increase in the disclosure of government information, empowering citizens to access and scrutinize government actions. It demonstrates a correlation between the use of RTI and improved government accountability and presents findings related to the number of RTI requests, their outcomes, and their impact on government decision-making. Real-world case studies highlight how RTI has exposed corruption, prompted policy changes, and increased government transparency in specific contexts. The paper explores challenges and barriers, such as bureaucratic resistance and resource constraints by shedding light on the impediments that limit the full potential of RTI. Furthermore, the research underscores the impact of RTI on citizen participation, illustrating how it has empowered individuals to engage in governance processes, thus fostering a more inclusive and responsive government. This paper highlights the transformative potential of RTI in enhancing government accountability. It underscores the significance of RTI laws in promoting transparency, exposing government wrongdoing, and facilitating citizen engagement. The findings of this study have implications for policymakers, civil society, and citizens, advocating for measures to strengthen and expand RTI's influence on government accountability and good governance.


DOI: 10.33545/26646021.2021.v3.i2b.275

Pages: 55-60 | Views: 35 | Downloads: 3

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How to cite this article:
Dr. Jeet Ram Sharma. The Impact of Right to Information (RTI) on Government Accountability. Int J Political Sci Governance 2021;3(2):55-60. DOI: 10.33545/26646021.2021.v3.i2b.275
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