Right to information has proven to be strong weapon in the hand of common
man. Earlier there was no any means for citizen to unfold the irregularities and
corrupt practices prevailing in Government organization.
One has to run days and days to get his work done. It was normal practices to
bribe some body so that his application could be expedited. This can be commonly
understood by this example. If one had to get Driving license, he had to process
his application through some broker. It is one of the example.
It was felt that some check has to be there. RTI (Right to Information) has
played important role in reducing the irregularities and corrupt practices
prevailing in Government Sector. Now any citizen can obtain information from a
government organization. The Government officials are not immune?
They are prone to questions of Citizen. At least , the people , who are working
in Government Sector, do have fear of RTI. They are aware that a sword , namely
RTI is hanging on their head. This fear is to be there for the sake of public
But what about private sector? What about Corporate World? Are private sector
immune to corrupt practices? Are these irregularities not prevailing in
Corporate World? In fact irregularities and corrupt practices are more prevalent
in private Sector.
In Corporate World, there is no any norm of work hour. No time schedule is fixed
for leave. Private sector is mostly individual centric. They are solely guided
by individuals or family members of a particular family. Hence are guided by
whims and fancy of those few people.
Its not as if all the private organization are bad. But the kind of fear , which
is there in the mind of Government officials, is absolutely missing in corporate
Its normal practices to cut the salary of employees, if they are taking leave.
Though some rules and regulations are there for workers. Like Labor Laws has
came to rescue such factory workers.
There is no any working schedule. There is no fixed holiday. The flow of cash is
not regulated. However most of the employees in the corporate world are being
exploited. Even they are not allowed to form any association address their
grievances. The result is extreme exploitation of employees who are working in
It is high time that private sector should also be bought within control of RTI.
It will enhance transparency in working culture in Private Sector also. The
corporate culture will become more suitable to their employees in case they are
also brought under supervision of RTI (Right to Information Act).
Written By: Ajay Amitabh Suman, Advocate, Delhi High Court