Article on Right to Information in India: An Effective Tool to Tackle Corruption
September 28 is celebrated internationally as Right to Know Day, highlighting the critical importance of people’s right to access information held by their governments. In India, following a nationwide campaign led by grassroots and civil society organizations, the government passed a landmark Right to Information Act in 2005. Since then, social activists, civil society organizations, and ordinary citizens have effectively used the Act to tackle corruption and bring greater transparency and accountability in the government.
Right to Information laws, or “sunshine” laws as they are commonly called, grant citizens the legal right to access information held by their governments, bringing much-needed transparency in the otherwise opaque functioning of government. Globally, more than 80 countries have now enacted such laws, with the list growing each year. India’s RTI Act is internationally recognized as a strong and effective law.
Indian women might have broken through the glass ceiling on the political, professional and corporate fronts, and urban women especially have made remarkable progress and asserted their independence in many areas involving their career and personal choices, but the fact remains that insecurity haunts them on the streets, in offices, in their own homes or even in the mother’s womb, activists say.
Women activists say that measured against the vastness of the country’s billion-plus population, nearly half of them women, ground realities are really harsh and paint a grim picture of women and their status in society.
In a stunning twist to the 2G case, an audio tape of a CBI senior public prosecutor purportedly advising a key accused on how to counter prosecution’s charge has emerged, breathing fresh life into the mega-swindle and bringing fresh trouble for the government.
The tape sent to the CBI anonymously has the agency’s senior public prosecutor A K Singh speaking to Sanjay Chandra, MD of Unitech and one of the main accused in the scam case, tutoring him on how to strengthen his defence and weaken CBI’s case against him. “I have been muddling up the matters only for you,” Singh purportedly tells Chandra in the tape that has been sent for forensic investigation…
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What are the first three facts you can tell others? Fact one: Today, 95 percent of child molestation can be prevented. We have the knowledge to stop it. Fact two: Today, living in the United States, there are 39 million adults who have survived child sexual abuse. Fact three: Today, more than three million American children are victims. Most of them are children, struggling alone, believing there is no adult who can help them. To help prevent child molestation from happening to the children closest to you, begin by telling others the basic facts.
But why you? Shouldn’t stopping sexual abuse be left to professionals – physicians and therapists? Better yet, shouldn’t the police and the courts take care of it? Click here to read more on child molestation
The importance of planning your savings and understanding tax components that you can utilise to maximize your income cannot be stressed upon enough. One of the best ways to plan your taxes is to start well in advance on this exercise; right in the beginning of the financial year and not wait till the end of the financial year, when there are bound to be constraints on the cash flow and a confusion over what investment route to choose.Click here to read more…
The slaying of 3-year-old Riley Fox was a crime that rocked the small community of Wilmington, Illinois. The woman said she and Scott Wayne Eby began dating about four months after Riley was killed. The woman, who did not want to be named, said she
Growth is slowing. At the 5.3% official growth rate, India has grown the slowest in the March quarter in 8 years. Even that is considered suspiciously high, since we are shown a massive growth in exports and subdued imports that no other data point seems to corroborate. The Reserve Bank of India needs to cut rates, say many observers, while fighting for an armchair with yours truly.
RBI controls the rate at which banks can borrow from it, overnight, called the “repo” rate. If they do cut interest rates, how does it impact growth? The traditional answer — when banks can borrow at lower rates from the RBI, they will cut rates for industry and consumers, who will find their loans cheaper and thus make more profits, which will fuel investment and consumption and overall, more growth.Click here to read more…
Hazare also contributed to the development and structuring of Ralegan Siddhi, a village in Parner taluka of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan—the third-highest civilian award—by the Government of India in 1992 for his efforts in establishing this village as a model for others.