Monday, November 16, 2009

As govt plans to amend RTI, protests grow louder

With the government's tacit acceptance of the fact that amendments to Right to Information Act (RTI) were on the agenda, activists are planning to step up protests and garner support from political parties. On Saturday, DoPT secretary Shantanu Consul admitted that the government was deliberating on amendments to the Act even as he assured activists that the changes would only be finalised after a public consultation.

National Campaign for People's Right to Information (NCPRI) member and RTI activist Nikhil Dey said that even as it waited for the government's draft version, organisations were working to gather support at state level. "We will be organising state level agitations to resist changes to the Act and also petition political parties to take public position against amendments,'' Dey said. He added that the "threat'' to changes in the legislation were very real but the battle was far from over.

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