A Guide to Right to Information Act, 22 of 2005

India got Independence in 1947 and proclaimed itself a Republic in 1950,with a great Constitution. However, in practice, a brown elite replaced the white masters and Swaraj did not come. Mahatma Gandhi had said, Real Swaraj will come not by the acquisition of authority by a few but by the acquisition of capacity to resist authority when abused. A few did acquirethe authority and retained it, but the capacity to resist misuse of authority eluded the average Citizen of India. Right To Information -RTI now empowers him to do that.
The Right To Information is derived from our fundamental right of expression under Article 19 of the Constitution of India. If we do not have information on how our Government and Public Institutions function, we cannot express an informed opinion on it. This has been clearly stated by various Supreme Court Judgments, since 1975. We accept that the freedom of the press is an essential element for a democracy to function. It is worthwhile to understand the underlying assumption in this well entrenched belief. Why is the freedom of the media considered as one of the essential features for a democracy ? Democracy revolves around the basic idea of Citizens being at the center of governance and rule of the people. We need to define the importance of the concept of freedom of the press from this fundamental premise. It is obvious that the main reason for a free press is to ensure that Citizens are informed. This being one of the main reasons for the primacy given to the freedom of the press, it clearly flows from this, that the Citizens Right To Know is paramount. Since the Government is run on behalf of the people, they are the rightful owners who have a right to be informed directly. Justice Mathew ruled in the Raj Narain case, “In a government of responsibility like ours, where all the agents of the public must be responsible for their conduct, there can be but few secrets. The people of this country have a right to know every public act, everything that is done in a public way by their public functionaries. They are entitled to know the particulars of every public transaction in all its bearing. Their right to know, which is derived from the concept of freedom of speech, though not absolute, is a factor which should make one wary when secrecy is claimed for transactions which can at any rate have no repercussion on public security.
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  1. Hello sir. My name is poonam Shankar shivnani, 38, freelancer commission agent for hdfc ltd & DHFL fixed and recurring deposit. Res.at 3, Maya mohan apts. Gurudwara road, above Sindhi gurudwara, Devlali camp dist Nashik. Sir I am facing all organised gang stalking activity which is really scary and torturous. It all started with secret physical and technical surveillances, for which I was earlier in start unaware of things. But all my personal communication was been leaked and things were being manipulated and spoiled which resulted in lot of disturbances and destroy relations with family, friends, relatives and clients. Purposely I am forced to raise my voice and my negative image is created. Sir one mobile number from 12.10.12. Started messaging me my day 2day activities and personal information on my number. People neighbouring me all of a sudden started speaking all rubbish .. “Tu burkha pahenkar nikalna shuru kar” … ” mang kaad na baher tila”.. ” jithe Sindhi ayi musalman rahan uta kha tu paree raho”… ” ab toh tere darne k din chalu hogaye, darna mat maregi nahi, akhri mein toh main he tujhe uthakar lekar jaunga.”.. etc.
    Sir in my day to day life I am kept under secret detention everywhere these people purposely try to show / give acknowledgement to me in any way for whatever work I do, or will be doing. My advocate took money from me .. But she had added wrong number in affidavit and took my signature. Purposely time pass is done everywhere I approach for help. Tamasha banaya jaraha hai sir. Ye logo ne mere aaspass k logo se he kehelvakar mujhe todne ki har sambhav koshish ki jarahi hai.. And options are been given to me .. Why don’t you get married.. Why don’t you leave your business… Ye devlalicamp mein rakha he kya hai, why don’t you shift your place, go for rented house…etc
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    Poonam Shankar Shivnani
    Mob98 220 74031.
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