Jose John June 5, 2016 No Comments
 NEED FOR TRANSPARENCY IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Deliverance comes not from electoral forms but informed franchise, not from the mystic authority of franchise but from the enlightened participation of the populace in the public affairs. — Justice Krishna Iyer Transparency in public administration would go to mean that any citizen of India either has a fundamental right or a statutory right to have access to information about state’s affairs. Furthermore, denial of access to any information to the public by the public authorities, without proper reasons, would be an offence under the law. But would not free access to information threaten national integrity and security? On similar thinking the Britishers had enacted the Official Secrets Act, 1923, to deter the Indians from empowering themselves through access to information. Unfortunately, the tradition of keeping the official information as secret continued even after independence in the name of national integrity and security. Thereby denying the people the right to know the way they are being governed. No wonder that India is the seventh most corrupt state in the world ranking. Of late, there has been an increase in demand for transparency administration due to the increasing interference by the government the social realm of people. The Supreme Court, recently, gave constitutional status...
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