Sunday, October 18, 2009

RTI amendments on govt menu

With the government keen on amending the Right to Information (RTI) Act, controversial issues like the constitution of Benches and filing of `frivolous and vexatious requests' for information are likely to be discussed at a day-long consultation with information commissioners on Wednesday. Among other issues on the agenda are amendments to schedule II that includes agencies like Intelligence Bureau, RAW, ITBP and others which are exempt from the Act unless the information sought deals with human rights violation or corruption. Constitution of Benches has become a bone of contention between the department of personnel and training (DoPT) and the Central Information Commission (CIC).

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