A Research Proposal
“IMPACT OF RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT ON ORGANISATION GOVERNANCE: A STUDY ON PUBLIC SECTOR UNITS IN GUJARAT”
Mr. Jayendrasinh R. Jadav
Ashvinbhai A. Patel Commerce College,
Kadi Sarva Vishvavidyalaya,
Opposed Research work
9 (I) Project Title: “IMPACT OF RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT ON ORGANISATION GOVERNANCE: A STUDY ON PUBLIC SECTOR UNITS IN GUJARAT”
Until 2005, an ordinary citizen had no access to information held by a public authority. Even in matters affecting legal entitlements for such subsidized services as food for work, wage employment, basic education and health care, it was not easy to seek the details of decision making process that affected or harmed him. Without access to relevant information, it was not possible for a common man to participate in a meaningful debate on political and economic options or choices available to him for realizing socio-economic aspirations.
The Constitution of India has guaranteed (u/s 19) the freedom of expression and speech. Even then a citizen had no legal right to know about the details of public policies and expenditures. And, therefore, it was not possible for a common man to observe and scrutinize the public actions with a view to providing feedback for rectifying the deficiencies in policy planning and the execution of programmers.
Under the Official Secret Act, 1923, the entire development process has thus been shrouded in secrecy. The people who voted for the formation of democratically elected governments and contributed to the huge costs of financing public activities, had no legal rights to know as to: what process has been followed in designing the policies affecting them, how the programmers have been implemented, who are the concerned officials associated with the decision making process and execution of the schemes...