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Freedom of information act of 2002 (India)

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Freedom of information act 2002[1] was the precursor to Right to Information Act, 2005[2] of Parliament of India. The main weakness of this act was that it did not acknowledge the right to information of the people. Consequently, it provided for appeals only within the government bodies. It barred the jurisdiction of the courts and did not ensure any appeal with any independent body.[3]



The government of India set up a working group on the right to information and promotion of open and transparent government in 1997. A people's organization in Rajasthan, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) has been at the forefront of the enactment of this bill.[4]


  1. ^ "The Freedom of Information Act, 2002". indiankanoon.org. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  2. ^ "Right to Information". rti.gov.in. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  3. ^ "Detailed Analysis of the Indian Freedom of Information Act 2002" (PDF).
  4. ^ Mathur, Kuldeep (2008). From Government to Governance: A Brief Survey of the Indian Experience. National Book Trust, India. ISBN 9788123754109.