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CIC order on parties: Bill to amend RTI Act in Lok Sabha today

Last Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 09:43

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Thursday is expected to take up the bill aimed at amending the Right to Information Act for reversing the landmark Central Information Commission (CIC) order that political parties were to be treated as public authorities and brought under the purview of the RTI Act.

The Cabinet move to amend the Act was a reaction to the CIC order which declared six political parties to be public authorities under the RTI Act.

Political parties like the Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) have vehemently opposed the CIC order.

Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi had said that the party disagrees with the order and such "an adventurist approach" will create lot of harm and damage to democratic institutions.

CPI-M had said: "This (CIC) decision is based on a fundamental misconception about the role of political parties in a parliamentary democracy."

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had also justified the move to keep political parties out of the ambit of the RTI Act, saying it will save them from being "unnecessarily burdened".

However, Trinamool Congress has strongly opposed to keeping political parties outside the realm of the RTI Act. TMC leader Derek O` Brian had said that political parties cannot have double standards by allotting separate laws for the people of the country and themselves.

The Union Cabinet’s decision to approve an amendment to the RTI Act which would keep the political parties out of its ambit, have attracted severe criticism from activists as well.

The CIC had passed an order June 3 to bring six national political parties under the ambit of the RTI Act, since they receive substantial funding from the government.

First Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 09:39
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