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This legislation has the potential to transform the relationship between the people and the government. It recognises what the most striking lacunae in governance are today. 

Anjali Bhardwaj (Social Activist)

There is simply no effective mechanism for grievance redress at all. When someone is not getting the rights or benefits she is entitled to, and tries to complain about it, it's like a black hole.

Anjali Bhardwaj (Social Activist)

We object to the provisions that state that the State commissions would be subordinate to the Central commissions. 

Anjali Bhardwaj (Social Activist)

NCPRI has consistently held that the proposed amendment to RTI Act is unconstitutional. Political Parties ought to be covered as public authorities under the RTI Act. There is no rationale for people who made the law to keep themselves out of its ambit. We feel there are adequate exemptions under section 8 of the Act. The law doesn’t need any amendment.

Anjali Bhardwaj (Social Activist)

We have a sample size of 10,000 grievances from 33 districts across the state. We recorded them on the government’s own webpage. We got 30 per cent complaints about the actions the government took, so we know their actions are in a mess.

Nikhil Dey (Social Activist)

Mining is creating havoc. We didn’t know till we saw it. People have cut hills, dug deep into the ground and higher than the hill was. There are gorges all over, the water table is in a mess, plants and vegetation are caked with dust and silicosis is becoming rampant.

Nikhil Dey (Social Activist)

Right to Know is something like UN declaration of human rights. For human rights, it is vital (for one) to know. No other right can you access unless you know something.

Nikhil Dey (Social Activist)

The tragedy is that we do not have grievance redressal. Citizens use RTI for it because they do not have any other thing for grievance redressal.

Nikhil Dey (Social Activist)

The social sector has become much worse today. There is hardly any imagination about how poverty, farmers, vulnerable groups can be dealt with. 

Nikhil Dey (Social Activist)

We are also seeing the tragedy of Swachh Bharat in the way it is being implemented. In rural India, they have offered Rs 12,000 to each household for building a toilet – an amount that is too little even for the poor. 

Nikhil Dey (Social Activist)

The objective of the Accountability Yatra was to raise people’s awareness on issues of transparency and accountability. We found that people understood two issues — transparency and the right to information. 

Nikhil Dey (Social Activist)

We registered 10,000 grievances and linked them with the broader idea of an accountability framework.

Nikhil Dey (Social Activist)

Public hearings were held to petition the government on some most serious shortcomings in the delivery of entitlements in various sectors of development.

Nikhil Dey (Social Activist)

It’s time we gave space to informed debate – and made our public officials answerable for every act of omission and commission.

Nikhil Dey (Social Activist)

Well, the government of Rajasthan promised to pass a good governance law two years ago – but it has been put into cold storage.

Nikhil Dey (Social Activist)

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