Bring paramilitary forces under RTI Act: CIC
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Last Updated: Sunday, October 11, 2009, 15:08
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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, October 11, 2009, 15:08

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