Miffed activists boycott PM's speech at RTI convention

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the 10th annual convention of the Central Information Commission (CIC).

Updated: Oct 16, 2015, 11:28 AM IST
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the 10th annual convention of the Central Information Commission (CIC) here.

However, the two-day convention had come under criticism from RTI activists even before its start as a large number of them had not been invited due to security arrangements for the event.

In fact, several RTI activists including Aruna Roy decided to boycott the inauguration of the annual CIC convention, which is celebrating 10th anniversary of the transparency law.

Other activists who had decided to skip PM's inaugural speech included Lokesh Batra, Venkatesh Nayak, Anjali Bhardwaj and Nikhil Dey.

These activists were invited for the convention but they decided to boycott the inauguration after the authorities restricted the invitations to some activists citing security reasons.

In an unusual action, the CIC had expressed its inability to invite a larger number of activists and even its own staff.

The annual convention of the CIC is congregation of RTI activists who discuss issues related to implementation of the transparency law across the country through no-so-formal sessions where they are able to question and counter-question the experts and commissioners.

During all but one past conventions, Prime Minister or President have inaugurated the function but activists were never barred from participating in it, activists alleged.

The CIC has invited only seven RTI activists for the function to be held starting today.

The two-day convention is being organised on the theme of "RTI: Outlook for the future - Trust through Transparency".

(With PTI inputs)