The interim constitution of Nepal has recognized Right to Information (RTI) as one of the fundamental rights of people. RTI Act 2007 and Rule 2009 help citizen exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to know.
Though the posts of information commissioners are currently vacant, we have independent semi-judicial institution, the National Information Commission (NIC), to hear appeals from information requesters if they are denied requested information by public agencies. However, it must be said that access to information situation is still weak.
Three pillars vital for enhanced access to information are: strong demand, proactive supply and properly recorded and managed information. In Nepal, demand side is slowly gaining in strength. We do not have a proactive supply side but i