Right to Information Act is a landmark legislation in India. Although, the dramatic change that one expected after its coming into effect was not immediately apparent, the fact that government orders, file notings, media and all such information formerly tucked away inaccessible in the far-away lands of sarkari attics is not RTIable. This brings in the opportunity for us to understand public policy issues better and “push” for action sometimes, and at other times, make noise about inaction. RTI in the hands of an informed citizen is a wonderful opportunity to bring about change.
I have been trying to use RTI to understand how data of various forms that is either collected by or vested with the Government is used (or not used). In this series of articles, you will find updates on these efforts.
(All my RTI’s are filed through RTINation. If you are already not using it, please do.)