Info Commissions may get powers to frame `regulations`

Information Commissions will get powers to make "regulations" if an amendment to the Right to Information Act contemplated by government materialises.

New Delhi: Information Commissions will get
powers to make "regulations" if an amendment to the Right to
Information Act contemplated by government materialises.

The Department of Personnel and Training, nodal agency
to implement the transparency law in the country, has said a
new section 29-A could be incorporated in the law which will
empower the Commissions to make regulations.

The department in an RTI reply to S C Agrawal had said,
"Government is examining a proposal regarding amendment to the
Act...to incorporate a new section 29-A empowering commissions
to make regulations."

It, however, made clear that any amendment would be made
after considering views of all the stakeholders.

The department has said besides the inclusion of new
section, there were six other broad areas which are likely to
be amended.

These areas being contemplated by the government include
bringing NGOs in the ambit of the Act and guidelines,
expanding the scope of self disclosure by organisations,
issues of frivolous and vexatious applications and changes in
the working of Information Commissions, the reply said.

PTI

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