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Which among the following statements are true about the role of RTI in ensuring transparency and accountability in governence?
  1. It raises public participation in decision-making process of the government.
  2. It is crucial to uncovering spending of public money and combat corruption.
  3. It facilitates the delivery of socio-economic services.
  4. It ensures the safety of whistleblowers against all potential threats.


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The correct options are
A It raises public participation in decision-making process of the government.
B It is crucial to uncovering spending of public money and combat corruption.
C It facilitates the delivery of socio-economic services.
The RTI is a significant instrument to access public information. It empowers ordinary citizens to seek accountability and appropriation of the functioning of the government. RTI activists have exposed corruption and inefficiencies in government schemes and state bureaucracy. Though the RTI Act is helping in promoting good governance, RTI activists have faced threats to their life. The government should strive to curtail the pendency rate of applications and protect the whistleblowers to strenghten the RTI.

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