The e-Panchayat project, implemented with a tech solution from the National Informatics Centre, is a positive development.
India’s right to information is perhaps a hallmark law, considering the fact that in the 21st century information is the basis of equity, empowerment, rights and access. While the law has caught the imagination of the people, it is still limited by at least two factors: lack of information access and communication infrastructure, and adoption as a proactive practice rather than reactive obligation.
We have been advocating for a long time that unless we have seamless digital and Internet infrastructure, the pervasive adoption of the transparency law cannot be achieved. Unless the people have the means to either access or consume information, even if they have rights