For those that are not aware of advancement in technology transparency in Democratic India, RTI stands for Right To Information (Act 2005). By all means, a Citizen can make a petition with the concerned Information Officer of a Public Organization on the transparency of an operation. This request should be honoured unless otherwise it is deemed against the National Security (a fancy term that Democracies use these days).
But then on a cynical scale, one shouldn’t blindly believe that in the name of National Security, the Defence Ministry’s expense goes unaccounted in the name of Vehicle maintenance or Arms purchases that exists only on paper. Those that care little about Civil Liberties would care more about the privacy of their $ accounts at some tax haven. OK, coming back to the topic, hope the flow helps you to better understand how RTI works in India.
Yes, RTI is powerful; but the nexus of the PIOs & ICs are more powerful than the RTI & the citizens. That is why only 3 % of the appellants could get justice/ info even after intervention of the ICs. ICs disrespected the RTI law openly by penalising only 0.2 % of the proved guilty PIOs.
ICs can neither be penalised; nor be removed from govt service even after thousands of their proved misdeeds.
They are immune in eyes of govt.
We studied 15000 decisions of the ICs. Out of these Only 100 were up to the standard of RTI Act.
Situation is really grim. But someday it can improve if better govt will take charge.