Kolkata: Union Minister M Veerappa Moily
on Monday disfavoured any amendment to the Right to Information
Act, but cautioned that it should not be used as an instrument
of "blackmail for vested interests or agendas of political
"There is no need to amend the RTI Act or its provisions
even though there are inbuilt weaknesses in it," Moily said
here on the sidelines of an interactive session at the Indian
Chamber of Commerce.
"There can be a debate on it, but that does not mean it
should be amended. We want people to enjoy the right offered
by the Act," he added.
The Corporate Affairs Minister, however, cautioned that
the RTI Act should not be misused by vested interests.
"While empowering citizens with transparency, it should
not be used as an instrument of oppression or as an instrument
for blackmail for vested interests or agendas of political
parties," he said.
Significantly, the minister had recently observed that
the RTI Act was "transgressing into government functioning".