Peoples’ Assessment of the RTI Regime in India

Peoples’ Assessments of the RTI Regime in India

In order to objectively assess the use of the RTI law and its functioning, SNS in collaboration with other civil society groups has been undertaking peoples’ assessments of the implementation of the RTI Act. Click on the title below to access the assessment report.

1. Preliminary findings of assessment of orders of the Central Information Commission, 2018

2. Report Card on the Performance of Information Commissions in India, 2018

3. Tilting the Balance of Power: Adjudicating the RTI Act, 2017

4. Peoples’ monitoring of the RTI regime in India 2011-13’, released in 2014

5. ‘Safeguarding the Right To Information’, RaaG & National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI), 2009

6. EMPOWERMENT THROUGH INFORMATION, The Evolution of Transparency Regimes in South Asia, Volume I: Essays, Status Reports, Case Studies, TAG & RIB, 2015

7. EMPOWERMENT THROUGH INFORMATION, The Evolution of Transparency Regimes in South Asia, Volume II: Empirical Studies, TAG & RIB, 2015

 

 

1. Preliminary findings of assessment of orders of the Central Information Commission, 2018

The report is based on an analysis of a sample of orders of the CIC. The report assesses the orders on the basis of-

– Completeness and compliance with the provisions of the law
-Whether violations of the law were acted against as per the provisions of the RTI Act
– Time taken by the CIC to dispose appeals/complaints filed before it
In addition, findings related to the type of information being sought by appellants and complainants in terms of whether such information should have been proactively disclosed and a gender break-up of information seekers is also presented in the report. Read the report.

2. Report Card on the Performance of Information Commissions in India, 2018- Key Findings

This report analyses the performance of information commissions in India in terms of the number of appeals and complaints registered and disposed by the ICs, the number of pending appeals and complaints, the estimated waiting time for the disposal of an appeal, availability of annual reports of ICs, frequency of violations penalised by ICs and transparency in the functioning of ICs. The report by SNS & CES, covers all 29 Information Commissions in India which have been set up under the RTI Act, 2005.

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Read the key findings of the report

3. Tilting the Balance of Power: Adjudicating the RTI Act, 2017

This report focuses on the independent adjudicators of the RTI Act- the information commissions, the high courts, and the Supreme Court of India. The report provides a detailed analysis of the orders of these adjudicators pertaining to the RTI Act.

The assessment by SNS & RaaG (Research, Assessment & Advocacy Group) covers a sample of 2,000 orders of the Central Information Commission and the State Information Commissions of Rajasthan, Bihar and Assam, all the High Courts and all the orders of the Supreme Court related to the RTI Act.

Read the report.

Read a brochure on the report.

Read articles in the media on the report- Times of India, Times of India (Pg 17), EPWAmar Ujala, Nav Bharat Times, The Telegraph, The Hindu, Business Standard, PTI, India Today, TheWire, Deccan Herald, Economic Times, The Tribune, Prabhat Khabar, HT

4. Peoples’ monitoring of the RTI regime in India 2011-13’, released in 2014

Satark Nagrik Sanagathan was involved in a national assessment of the implementation of the RTI Act in India carried out by the Right to Information Assessment & Advocacy Group (RaaG) and the Centre for Equity Studies (CES) in collaboration with civil society groups across the country, including the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI). The national study covered the central government, five state governments, nearly hundred public authorities and information commissions across the country.

Read the report.

5. ‘Safeguarding the Right To Information’, RaaG & National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI), 2009

Read the Report

6. EMPOWERMENT THROUGH INFORMATION, The Evolution of Transparency Regimes in South Asia, Volume I: Essays, Status Reports, Case Studies, TAG & RIB, 2015

Read the Report

 

7. EMPOWERMENT THROUGH INFORMATION, The Evolution of Transparency Regimes in South Asia, Volume II: Empirical Studies, TAG & RIB, 2015

Read the Report