The government wants to share information power with the poorest citizens; it wants to empower the most vulnerable. It is exactly because of this reason that the Right to Information has to be maintained for everybody. On July 25, 2000, the Freedom of Information Bill was introduced in parliament. The fundamental right to free speech and expression is guaranteed by Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. Knowledge and information are required to exercise this right. The lack of accurate information on public-interest issues would only fuel wild rumours and guesses, as well as unnecessary accusations against persons and institutions. As a result, the right to information becomes a constitutional right as part of the right to free speech and expression, which also includes the right to acquire and gather information.
This will also assist citizens in carrying out their essential responsibilities as outlined in Article 51A of the Constitution. A well-informed citizen will undoubtedly be better prepared to carry out these responsibilities. As a result, citizens would benefit from having access to information in order to fulfil their responsibilities. The Freedom of Information Bill of 2000, which declared that the public had access to information in practically all government proceedings, was designed primarily to ensure government transparency. The ideal type of government, or good government, is feasible in a democracy with the highest amount of transparency.
National stability is attained when the public has complete trust in their representatives. In India’s past years of democracy, there have been many major ups and downs, with one of the key causes being a lack of transparency. The right to information has long been recognized by the courts as a component of the fundamental right to free expression and speech. To create a statutory framework for this right, an Act is required. The mechanism for bringing this right to life will be outlined in this statute. The single most important cause of corruption in society is a lack of access to knowledge. It makes shady dealings, arbitrary decisions, manipulations, and embezzlement easier.
However, the government bears a significant risk by disclosing the information since, first and foremost, the Official Secrets Code Act of 1923 prohibits it, making it legislatively unlawful. The government is unable to provide information on its priority sector as well as its economic policies. There must be a distinction made between official secrets and information that will be made public. The Official Secrets Code Act and the Right to Information Act must be balanced. As a result, the government must establish a balance between Official Secrets and information to be released to the general public. Strategic sectors must be kept out of the purview of the purveyors.
Thus, all that can be said about the right to information is that it is a very vital legislation, and the government must enact it in order to ensure high levels of transparency in government processes and to actualize and convey the true meaning of the word democracy.
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