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Don`t touch the RTI Act: Info Commissioners to Gov

Last Updated: Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 22:22

New Delhi: Information Commissioners
strongly feel that there should be no tinkering with the RTI
Act to constrict it and instead steps should be taken to
further strengthen it.

They were of the view that "the ambit of the RTI Act
should not be constricted. It should instead be strengthened.
The RTI Act should not be amended at this stage and should be
retained as it is. It is not the time for making any amendment
in it," Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra said
Summing up the events of the two-day annual CIC
convention attended by 65 information commissioners and
experts, Mishra said a wide range of topics were discussed.
These included bringing public-private partnerships under
transparency law, its exemption clauses, pro-active
disclosures and experiences of Information Commissioners.

"Infrastructure and other services like health and
education, governments are taking PPP mode. RTI Act acts on
government funded projects... The Convention came to the
conclusion that PPP projects should be brought under the RTI
Act," he said.

He said experts were of the view that exemption
provisions of the RTI Act should be used only in exceptional
cases while disclosure of information should be the general


First Published: Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 22:22

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