Re: Suggestion for improvement of RTI Act and it's functionality
I had suggested earlier also. I feel that proceedings of SIC/CIC should be covered live on television like parliamentary proceedings.
This will usher in a revolution, and neither the AA has to be penalised nor the SIC/CIC time limits need to be fixed to deliver a judgment.
While travelling abroad I have noticed that, those countries have fixed cameras on each and every traffic signal, the moment the signal turns red and if one crosses the signal the camera will click photograph of the driver as well as number plate of the vehicle with a huge flash.
Later on one will receive the challan at his address along with the photograph proof. Fine Indian Rs.6000/- along with demerit points which will accumlate in case of repeated offence.
I have seen quite a few vehicles coming to screeching halt once the signal turns red. The rule gets implemented very successfully.
There is difference between RTI and Court Cases (Lower court, Appleant court, High court, Supreme court) and so I feel it is possible to cover RTI proceedings live whereas it would be difficult in case of Court cases. I have tried to list the differences below in favour of making RTI proceedings live. Please correct me in case of a mistake. I would also appreciate if one can add further points.
1. RTI is a quasi judicial procedure whereas Court proceedings are judicial in nature.
2. RTI is simply right to information (disseminates info) whereas court cases decide what and who is right or wrong.
3. RTI except where the queries fall under the provisions of sec.8 & 11, every citizen has a right to know without any reason or locus standi, so no harm in everybody getting to know the information as such everybody had the right to know.
4. RTI does not change the status of a particular case whereas court judgment can change the status of a case.
5. Under RTI a citizen is simply seeking information which any and every one has a right to know and I suppose once having recd the info, one can publish it without any copyright issues whereas in a court case one may have levelled serious allegations which one may not be able to prove later on and the person against whom the allegations were levelled may get defamed till the verdict is delivered in his favor.
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