Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Reversal Sought in RTI Amendments

Dozens of people in Patna on Monday, under the banner of Right to Information Campaign, sat on a daylong dharna to protest the recent amendments in the RTI Act made by the Nitish administration. Expressing anger over the government's decision to charge a fee for the information, the protestors said such act was undemocratic and was against the true spirit of the Act. Before the recent amendments, a petitioner could seek information on many issues on a single request but the new rules force the information-seekers to file separate requests for separate documents with a price tag of Rs. 10 each. Officials, however, cite growing abuse of the RTI Act leading to increased fee in the service.
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