Thursday, August 26, 2010

Transparency law to be amended to curb frivolous pleas

The government is considering amendments to the Right to Information (RTI) Act to discourage frivolous representations, the Rajya Sabha was told Thursday. In a written reply to P. Rajeev of Communist Party of India-Marxist, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Prithviraj Chavan said the amendments to the law will be made after consultation with all the stake holders. There were proposals to modify the provisions about the disclosure of cabinet papers, he added. Amendments to safeguard the sensitivity of the office of the chief justice of India have also been proposed, the minister said. The minister said another proposal pertained to the constitution of benches of the commission (Central Information Commission) and to incorporate a new section empowering the commission to make regulations.

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