SC decision on Electoral Bonds case: Will it revive the flagging RTI Act?

Syllabus: GS-II

Subject: Polity

Topic: Rights issues

Issue: Right to Information

  • The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling declaring Electoral Bonds unconstitutional has bolstered the Right to Information Act (RTI).
  • Upholding voters’ rights, the SC emphasized transparency and accountability in political funding.
  • However, the RTI regime faces challenges with vacancies, backlog, and non-compliance.
  • The RTI needs revitalization to maintain India’s global standing.
  • The government’s commitment to transparency, echoed by the Prime Minister, should guide reforms.
  • The SC’s decision should catalyze efforts to strengthen and restore the RTI Act to its former prominence.
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