Sunil Mahajan
Professor in Finance
International Institute of Information Technology (I2IT)

One of the most important steps to ensure ‘good’ governance at the national and the state level was the promulgation of the Right to Information Act which entitles citizens to seek information from the government. The Act primarily seeks to introduce transparency in the functioning of the government. We can go further in this direction by using technology in two ways.

A.   Use the power of the internet by mandating that every class I officer of the Government of India and of the States spend half/ one day to write in detail what he has achieved during the month, on the website of his department, available for anyone to access:

1. What were his KRAs during the month
2. What did he do during the month to achieve those KRAs
3. How far have those KRAs been achieved
4. What were the reasons for the underachievement and how can  that be improved
5. Senior level officers who do take decisions either on policy issues or on specific matters must submit what decisions were taken by them and what was the logic behind those decisions

B.   Live telecast of important meetings of the government machinery. This may include such meetings as the budget formulation process, FIPB meetings, departmental meetings for award of various contracts, various meetings to decide on policies, performance review meetings etc. Nothing in this regard should be termed as sacrosanct and therefore outside the ambit of live telecast. I would even want the meetings of the cabinet to be telecast live.

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