RTI affecting govt functioning, ministers concerned

Last Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 18:29

New Delhi: Some union ministers have
expressed concern that the Right to Information (RTI) Act is
affecting government`s functioning; Rajya Sabha was told
on Thursday.

Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions V
Narayanasamy replied in affirmative on the question regarding
concerns raised by ministers on the RTI Act affecting the
government`s functioning.

To a question about bureaucrats expressing apprehension
about putting their views on controversial issues because of
the RTI Act, he said "some concerns have been expressed that
the improper use of Right to Information Act and
indiscriminate and impracticable demands for disclosure of
sundry information unrelated to transparency and
accountability in the functioning of public authorities may
adversly affect the efficiency of administration."

"The honourable Supreme Court also expressed similar
views in Civil Appeal No 6454 of 2011 (Central Board of
Secondary Education Vs Aditya Bandopadhyay and others," he
said.

Narayanasamy said while the central government agrees
that "indiscriminate and impracticable" demands for disclosure
of "sundry" information under the RTI Act unrelated to
transparency and accountability in the functioning of public
authorities may adversly affect the efficiency of the
administration, it is of the view that officers need not have
fear while giving their free and frank advise on government
matters.

On a separate question, he said Central Information
Commission has a pendency of 20,232 cases as on September 1,
2011.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 18:29

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