Trans­parency of Rules Act on Cards

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New Delhi: The Eco­nomic Sur­vey has pro­posed Trans­parency of Rules Act (TORA), a leg­is­la­tion to end any asym­me­try of in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions faced by an av­er­age cit­i­zen.

TORA will re­quire all de­part­ments to manda­to­rily place all cit­i­zen-fac­ing rules on their web­site. Of­fi­cials will not be able to im­pose any rule not men­tioned be­fore­hand. All laws will have to be up­dated by the de­part­ment while pro­vid­ing ac­cess to his­tory of the same web­page, the gov­ern­ment’s mid-year Eco­nomic Sur­vey, re­leased on Fri­day said. Web­sites will have to no­tify the date and time of each change made. The Sur­vey has spec­i­fied that “laws would nor­mally be ap­pli­ca­ble af­ter a spec­i­fied time (say seven days) af­ter the rule has been posted”. TORA’s ob­jec­tive is to help cit­i­zens over­come “an opaque mesh of com­pli­cated rules” that of­ten leads to cor­rup­tion and end­less lit­i­ga­tion, it said. Once a de­part­ment has shifted to the plat­form, it can be deemed “TORA­com­pli­ant” and cit­i­zens can be sure that the in­for­ma­tion is authen­tic and up­dated.

Act will re­quire all depts to place cit­i­zen-fac­ing rules on their web­site

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