Making the Right to Information a Reality

More than 90 countries around the world have laws guaranteeing the right to information. But getting an information law on the books is only the beginning. Making sure that public information actually reaches ordinary citizens is a challenge of its own.

In the first three years after India passed its 2005 Right to Information Act, there were over two million requests. Even with a network of information commissioners in place to facilitate applications, the system was facing crushing backlogs. Shailesh Gandhi, a Central Information Commissioner in New Delhi, set out to create a new approach to keep cases moving.

Learn more about Open Society’s work on freedom of information at


2 thoughts on “Making the Right to Information a Reality”

  1. Can you elaborate/ discuss questions allowed and those likely to be rejected while seeking information under RTI ? This could be of great help to public using this platform.

    Thanking you

    Dr R D Mohile

    1. Primarily, the questions need to relate to “information” on record. There is no scope for opinions or judgements. The information may be in the form of documents, notes or other material which the authorities have on record.

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