Push for law to ensure transparency rules: 

Push for law to ensure transparency rules


  • The government could consider introducing a new law to ensure transparency of rules, the Economic Survey has recommended.

The recommendation

  • The problem is that it is not easy for ordinary citizens [and businesses] in India to navigate the multitude of rules, regulations, forms, taxes and procedures imposed by various tiers of government.
  • Moreover, these rules frequently change and sometimes contradict each other.
  • Arguing that if the average citizen could easily access the latest rules and regulations in a comprehensible format, India would benefit enormously.
  • The survey suggests a Transparency of Rules Act (TORA) as a possible solution.
  • Explaining that it is not referring to the content of the rules but solely about the ease of finding out what the citizen is expected to so.
  • The Survey said even government officials struggle to keep up with ‘the latest version’ of complicated rules.


  • The TORA is an endeavor to change in some ways the relationship between the average normal citizen and the State.
  • All forms of governance are based on citizens being expected to follow the rules.
  • Unfortunately, in India, very often, the rules are not so transparent.
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