Monday, December 20, 2010

Activist wants public debate before changes in RTI Act

Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel (MAGP) has urged the Department of Personnel Training (DOPT) for a public debate all over the country before the Right to Information Act, 2005, is amended. In a letter sent to DoPT, MAGP secretary Pankti Jog said the debates and discussions were necessary where the restrictions were proposed to be imposed on the citizens' rights. Stating that MAGP had studied the proposed rules, she said while some of the proposals were progressive, others were highly regressive. Giving examples, she said the move to restrict the number of words to only 250 in the request for information was beyond the scope of the RTI Act, 2005. "It is impractical, gives arbitrary powers to the principal information officer (PIO) and will lead to rejection of even genuine applications from the citizens requiring information," the letter said.

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The amendments certainly jeopardise the very essence of RTI ACT 2005.There should be a wide public debate about the changes before effecting it.There is no need to amend the act now.The government should strenghten the act by giving more tooth to it.
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sreekumar mullayil  
It is quite essential to take public debate with reason and causes of amendment because RTI Act are the only ACT for protector of Humans'Right and Freedom.

Chandrakant Shah  
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