Monday, October 12, 2009

Activists want private bodies under RTI Act

Private bodies should also be brought under the ambit of the right to information (RTI) Act, Bombay high court judge justice Dhananjay Chandrachud said on Monday. "We cannot disempower ourselves, thinking that private bodies do not come under the purview of the Act." Celebrating four years of the sunshine act, RTI activists appealed that its scope be widened by including the private sector in the public services under it. "When the Act is for fighting corruption, why not have it for the private sector too?" Ashok Rawat, an activist, asked.

"Disinvestment and deregulation have seen the government handing over public services to private hands. Now, private players are just as important as the government. The RTI Act is not a code to give information, but a constitutional right of a person to know about something. Right to information is now beyond the scope of disclosure," said Chandrachud.

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