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Any `hiccups` in RTI should be examined: Khurshid

Last Updated: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 21:47

New Delhi: There is no proposal to have a
relook at the RTI Act but if there are any "hiccups", they
should be examined, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid said
here on Monday.

"...I know of no such proposal.... If there are any
hiccups anywhere, should we not examine them, should we not
talk about them, should we not debate them and see what`s to
be done," he said when asked if the government was
contemplating any changes in the Right to Information Act
Referring to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s remarks on
the issue, he said, "I certainly think as the Prime Minister
has said, we must discuss it, we must at least look at the
experience of RTI.

"We should not just shut ourselves from all the
experience of RTI or for that matter any legislation that is
essentially beneficial...."
Suggesting that a "critical look" be taken at the RTI Act,
Singh has said, "The Right to Information should not adversely
affect the deliberative processes in the Government.

"We must take a critical look at it. There are concerns
that need to be discussed and addressed," the Prime Minister
had stressed last week.

There have been demands for amending the transparency
law by certain sections of government who feel it is
"transgressing" into their functioning.


First Published: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 21:47

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