New Delhi: The paramilitary forces which are
enjoying exemption from disclosure under Right to Information
Act should be brought under it on the lines of defence forces
like Army, Navy and Air Force, Chief Information Commissioner
Wajahat Habibullah says as the Act completes its four years
into being on October 13.
The first Chief Commissioner of the transparency watchdog
feels that RTI Act can be strengthened if some organisations
are taken-off from those listed in section 24 of the Act which
gives blanket cover to 18 intelligence and security agencies
from any disclosing any information.
"Yes. The matters concerning national security are
already exempted from RTI disclosure. What happens is that
matter of personnel management in these forces also get
exempted from disclosure," Habibullah told a news agency when asked
whether paramilitary should be brought under the RTI Act.
The list includes all the major paramilitary forces like
BSF, CRPF, ITBP, CISF, NSG and Assam Rifles.
When asked how the Act can be strengthened, Habibullah
said taking off some organisations from exemption list and
enforcement of section 4 besides other measures.
He said it can be considered as government has earlier
taken-off similar organisations like Coast Guard from the list
of exempted organisations.