Right to information for Competitive Exams Part 6

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Various Stages of Implementation of Right to Information in India-

  • In 1989 VP Singh,the Prime Minister of India has the first to announce in his first message to the country on December 3, 1989 that the right to amend the constitution and amend the official secret law. However, the government could not implement it.

  • On March 1, 1990, the Central Government tried to know by issuing a semi-official letter on revision points in the official secret law that How to reduce confidentiality in government activities.

  • Workshop on Right to Information in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie in October, 1995. In this, the prominent people and the officials agitating on the Right to Information drafted a draft of the Right to Information.

  • Chief Minister's conference was held on 24th May, 1997 in New Delhi. The subject was 'creation of action plan for the effective and responsible government', it was agreed upon to make the Right to Information Act. The Ministry of Personnel and Public Grievances also recommended such a law in its 38th Report.

  • In 1996, GandhiShanti Pratishthan formed the National Campaign for Pupil Rights Information (NGPRT) in Delhi. The NCCRI and the Indian Press Council prepared the draft document under the leadership of Justice P.B. Sawant and it was handed over to the Government of India.

  • Committee was constituted under the chairmanship of H.D.Shauri to keep the Government transparent and accountable. Shourie Committee presented the draft of the Independence Bill in May 1997. No decision can be taken on the format presented by H.D. Shauri.

  • In the year 2001, the Standing Committee of the Parliament approved the Notice of Freedom Bill.

  • In December 2002, the Parliament passed the Information Freedom Bill.

  • It got Presidential approval in January 2003. It was notified as Act No. 5/2003 on January 2003. But it has not been implemented in the name of making rules.

  • In May 2004, the UPA Government formed a National Advisory Council for the implementation of Minimum Program. The Council presented a complete document of Right to Information.

  • The Right to Information Bill in Parliament was introduced on December 22, 2004. This bill was better than the law of 2002, but there were many flaws in it.

  • It was finally presented in Parliament in March 2005.

  • It was passed on 11th May, 2005 with 144 revisions in the Lok Sabha.

  • On May 12, the Rajya Sabha passed it too.

  • On June 12, 2005, the President approved it.

  • Thus, from 12th of October 2005 the Right to Information has become effective in all the country (except Jammu and Kashmir).