Eradicating Administrative Corruption Through Transparency in Public Governance: Global Scenario and the Right to Information Act, 2005, in India

AuthorJyoti Rattan,Vijay Rattan
DOI10.1177/00195561221080447
Published date01 June 2022
Date01 June 2022
Subject MatterArticles
Eradicating Administrative
Corruption Through
Transparency in Public
Governance: Global
Scenario and the Right to
Information Act, 2005,
in India*
Jyoti Rattan1 and Vijay Rattan1,2
Abstract
Modern governments after having put much of their services on the e-governance
mode through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
and the internet have as a result thereof brought about greater transparency in
public governance especially at the government-citizen interface level. This has
proved to be a giant step in the eradication of administrative corruption. Further
impetus was added to this by the advent of Right to Information Law that went
a step ahead by opening up the internal functioning of the government to public
scrutiny and making bureaucrats accountable for their actions.
The article is a humble attempt to examine how and in what ways the Right to
Information in India has resulted in bringing about greater transparency in public
governance particularly in India, thereby proving to be a milestone in the fight
against administrative corruption.
Keywords
Administrative corruption, public governance, Right to Information, public
administration, United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Article
Indian Journal of Public
Administration
68(2) 174–188, 2022
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* This is a modified version of the article accepted for oral presentation at the 2018 Congress of the
International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), Belgium, organized in Tunis, Tunisia, 25–29
June 2018.
1 Professor of Law, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.
2 Consultant to the United Nations; Life Member, Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) and IIPA,
New Delhi; formerly Professor of Public Administration, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.
Corresponding author:
Jyoti Rattan, Professor, Department of Law, Panjab University, Sector 14, Chandigarh 160014, India.
E-mail: jyotirattan@gmail.com

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