Information maintained by the democratic government is a national asset.
The ability to seek, receive and circulate information is crucial to secure human rights. An information-driven society leads to transparency and accountability.
When officials recognize that their decisions will be open for the public, they will be less motivated to act randomly.
The decisions, rules and regulations are in the public domain. It thoroughly reduces chances of corruption, nepotism, favouritism etc.
However, it is possible that the source may not have the desired information or the information may not be satisfying. But information sharing does not mean information creating.
Transparency upholds openness in decision making and the freedom of information to the member of public and media. Its dimensions include,
- Exposes counter-productive and inhibiting rules.
- More careful utilization of public funds.
- Public servants take decisions more rationally and objectively.
- Hold public servants accountable for their mishandling of public time and money.
Prerequisites to achieve Transparency
- Parliamentary control: Question hour, debates etc.
- Legislative framework: RTI act, time bound service delivery.
- Ombudsman system.
- Independent Judiciary.
- Free Press.