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Right to Information (RTI), an essential weapon to fight for transparency and accountability in the government. It has never been safe though for RTI activists. A 51-year-old RTI activist was hacked to death in Mangaluru. This incident happened near his residence by unidentified assailants.
In recent times though, it has been slowly on the decline, according to the 2014-15 Annual Report of Central Information Commission (CIC).
The report, which was tabled in the parliament, is still not uploaded online.
Based on media reports, Catch highlights some major findings of the report:
Number of applications has reduced this year by 79,000.
RTI Act, introduced in 2005, went on to becoming a strong mean of the freedom of information, particularly important for a democracy. Many organisations came about fighting for information rights and went on to uncover big scams - from Adarsh Housing Society, PDS scam in Assam to Red Cross Society scam.
This efficient instrument led to many attacks on RTI campaigners in the country, as malpractices in the politico-administration, started getting revealed.
Unfortunately, share of RTIs rejected in 2014-15 was 8.4%, 1.2 percentage points higher than what it was in 2013-14 (7.2%).
Edited by Sahil Bhalla