RTI refers to the Right to Information Act. According to the provisions of this Act, it is mandatory for every Government office to keep the public informed about certain information, even if people did not ask for it.
This Act was passed in the year 2005.
The offices have an officer who is called Information officer and there is one more officer who supervises his work. The time frame for providing information has also been specified in the Act.
The following is one of the success stories relating to the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Public Distribution Scam in Assam:
In 2007, members of an anti-corruption non-governmental organisation in Assam, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, filed an RTI request which revealed irregularities in the distribution of food for people below the poverty line. Many government officials were arrested.
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