Good Governance implies service to the people. Government's task is to govern in a way that optimizes the security and welfare of its citizens. The citizen's perception of the state and its functioning is primarily based on its role as a service provider. Improving the quality of administration and providing a responsive interface between its citizens and the public service providers requires a number of new initiatives. Perhaps the most important is the introduction of transparency and accountability in the functioning of government departments and public bodies responsible for service delivery.
Democracy means government of the people, by the people and for the people. However, if the citizens are ignorant of the decisions taken by the government and reasons advanced for the same, there can be no government by the people. The citizens have a fundamental right to know what the government has been doing in its name. An open system of governance is an essential prerequisite for the fullest flowering of democracy. Free flow of information from the government to the people will not only create an enlightened and informed public opinion but also render those in authority accountable.
India has travelled a long way from the Supreme Court judgement of right to know in 1975 to 2005 when the Right to Information Act was passed. It was realized that if India had to emerge as a world power the government's role needs to change from a provider to a facilitator, which, requires certain fundamental changes in the process of governance. It was time transparency and openness became the hallmark of Indian administration. The Right to Information Act is a major milestone and an enabling legislation. In due course of time it will bring about fundamental changes in the working of the government and ensure that the citizen enjoys his rights without any difficulty.
We are a group of professionals from HIPA, Gurgaon, who are committed to promoting transparency and accountability in the working of public authorities with the cooperation and involvement of various stakeholders, particularly the state government, its various departments and the State Information Commission, Haryana This domain is maintained by us under the UNDP, DOPT-GOI, Sponsored project on "Capacity Building for Access to Information".
This site is also a medium for networking between various stakeholders working on right to information. We will be sharing lot of information and material relating to RTI, Good Governance, Transparency and Accountability. Under the Project, we will also be organizing various activities, which will be announced from time to time.
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