Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bring paramilitary forces under RTI Act: CIC

The paramilitary forces which are enjoying exemption from disclosure under Right to Information Act should be brought under it on the lines of defence forces like Army, Navy and Air Force, Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah says as the Act completes its four years into being. The first Chief Commissioner of the transparency watchdog feels that RTI Act can be strengthened if some organisations are taken-off from those listed in section 24 of the Act which gives blanket cover to 18 intelligence and security agencies from any disclosing any information. "Yes. The matters concerning national security are already exempted from RTI disclosure. What happens is that matter of personnel management in these forces also get exempted from disclosure," Habibullah told PTI when asked whether paramilitary should be brought under the RTI Act.

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