Ensure RTI no longer excludes disabled people, directs Supreme Court

The Right to Information (RTI) Act, which has helped expose major scams, is one of the most important laws in India. The aim of RTI is to promote accountability and the Act makes it mandatory for public authorities to give a timely response. Yet, a large number of disabled people are unable to exercise the RTI.

Now the Supreme Court has stepped in and asked that guidelines be issued to ensure that disabled people are no longer left out. This was during a hearing of a public interest litigation Aseer Jamal v. Union Of India, which has highlighted how disabled people are unable to use the RTI like other Indian citizens.

The court has said that guidelines must be issued after which states must amend the RTI rules of 2012 so that people who are visually impaired, physically disabled, or unable to red or talk in Hindi are able to use the provisions of the Act.

Many states have made a provision of Braille, audio files and help desks.

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