Monday, December 14, 2009

UPA wont dilute RTI in name of amendments: Chavan

The UPA is fully committed to ensuring transparency in governance and the proposed amendments in the Right to Information Act are in no way aimed at diluting it, Union Minister Prithviraj Chavan said here on Sunday."The proposed amendments in the RTI are aimed at removing certain legal shortcomings and would in no way render it ineffective. We are working on certain recommendations from the Administrative Reforms Commission with additional inputs from private organisations and NGOs.

"People must not fear that their right to information would be curtailed," the Minister of State for Public Grievances told reporters on the sidelines of a function.Chavan said the government is, "in fact, of the view that all matters of governance other than those relating to national security and hence deserving confidentiality should be made available on respective websites so that people can get the information required by them without even undergoing the cumbersome process of filing an RTI application".
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