Monday, November 16, 2009

Public debate to precede amendments to RTI: Chavan

Department of Personnel and Training Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday assured RTI activists of initiating a public debate before going ahead with amendments to the Right to Information Act. Allaying widespread fears among the public, the minister at a late evening meeting with a delegation of RTI activists said the amendments would not be used to emasculate the transparency law which has since its inception in 2005 given citizens across the country a liberal peek into government functioning. Though Chavan obviously did not deny the department’s intentions to go ahead with the amendments, he added that as of now no Bill had formally been drafted on the proposed changes in the Act.

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