Thursday, January 06, 2011

Punjab rules not in sync with RTI Act: CIC

Taking on the Department of Information Technology and Administrative Reforms, under which the state information commission falls, Punjab CIC RI Singh asserted that the rules framed by the Punjab government were in conflict with the RTI Act. “The powers to make the rules have been vested with the government to carry out the provisions of this Act and not to thwart them,” he said. Singh said although a formal direction to the government may be beyond the jurisdiction of the commission, nevertheless, keeping in view the clauses of the rules, which violate the RTI Act, it was imperative to direct the Department of IT and AR to make suitable amendments so that continuous violation was rectified at the earliest.

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