Govt to decide on amending RTI after consulting experts
New Delhi: Government will decide on amending
the Right to Information (RTI) Act only after consulting civil
society organisations and experts, the Rajya Sabha was
informed on Thursday.
Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and
Pensions Prithviraj Chavan said during Question Hour that
there was a proposal to strengthen RTI by suitably amending
the laws to provide for disclosure by government in all non
"The Government is examining a proposal for incorporation
of provisions in the RTI Act regarding constitution of benches
of the information commission and rejection of vexatious and
frivolous applications," he said.
The amendment would be done with a view to expanding the
scope of RTI and withdrawing exemptions given to some
It would, however, not be carried out before consultations
with NGOs, civil society organisations, experts and
information commissioners, he said.
If the strengthening of RTI can be carried out without
amending the law, it would be done, he said.
There were apprehensions in the Supreme Court as to
whether RTI law will hamper its work, he said. "We will
examine this issue very carefully."
Vexatious and frivolous applications would be defined and
it would be ensured that "no public authority denies
information" on these counts.
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Helicopter ferrying 6 pilgrims, woman pilot crashes near Katra
- Growing sense of despondency in India from last 6-8 months: Aamir Khan
- 8th Ramnath Goenka Awards: Sudhir Chaudhary awarded for Excellence in Journalism
- Tejashwi Yadav takes charge as Deputy CM of Bihar
- Arvind Kejriwal clarifies his friendly gesture with Lalu Prasad Yadav
- Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh bypoll results: As it happened on November 24
- Lesson for jihadi aspirants? ISIS says Indians not good enough as 6 out of 23 fighters from India are killed
- Aamir Khan feels intolerance growing in India, says his wife suggested moving out of India
- Intolerance issue: When did ‘Incredible India’ become ‘Intolerant India’, Anupam Kher asks Aamir Khan
- Boon for SC/ST candidates? Birth, caste certificates likely to be merged