The announcement by Goa Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai that he his ready to bring the Goa Raj Bhavan within the ambit of the Right to Information Act was great news for our State on Gandhi Jayanti.
This will end the needless protracted litigation which is now pending before the Supreme Court after having commenced before our High Court,
For over a decade the Goa Raj Bhavan has not been submitting itself to this Transparency law by strangely claiming that it is not a ‘Public Authority’ despite all other Raj Bhavans across the country and even the Rashtrapati Bhavan being under the purview of RTI Act which was enacted to ensure Transparency and Accountability in Governance.
The move now by Governor Pillai is most appropriate while sending a powerful message on the need of a citizen-centric approach of transparency, openness and accountability in governance. This would be in the best interests of the democratic principles and the Constitutional mandate of the RTI Act.