Deputy chief minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal, on Monday, released a book on the Right to Information (RTI) written by IPS officer Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh.
The writer cop penned down the book titled "Right to Information: Law & Practice"which will cater to the needs of law students, information-seekers and information-givers.
The deputy CM appreciated the efforts of the cop and said he always believed in openness of the governance system. He said his government went a step ahead by implementing right to service for the benefit of the common people.
Sukhbir Badal also emphasised that in democratic governance system openness should be a rule and secrecy an exception.
The book-release ceremony was organised in the APICON (Association of Physicians) conference organised in Ludhiana where Badal addressed an impressive gathering of noted physicians of India. At this occasion senior officers of administration and police were also present. Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander, Dr Rajinder Kumar Bansal, Dr Sandeep Puri and Dr RS Chhina graced the occasion.
According to the author, the RTI was an emerging field and the law on RTI was at the development stage by way of statutory amendments (so far proposed), interpretation by the Supreme Court, high courts, information commissions and to some extent by the executive guidelines.