RTI Act transgressing in govt work: Khurshid

Law Minister Salman Khurshid said RTI Act was being "misused" and officials feel the transparency law was transgressing into govt functioning.

New Delhi: Law Minister Salman Khurshid
on Monday said the RTI Act was being "misused" and officials and
even judges feel the transparency law was transgressing into
government functioning.

"Undoubtedly, it has been misused. But you have to weigh
misuse with usefulness of the RTI Act. We would like our life
to be miserable than the life of a citizen," Khurshid said.

Asked about recent remarks of Corporate Affairs Minister
M Veerappa Moily that the RTI Act was "transgressing into
government functinoning, Khurshid said "it is not only the
government officers or ministers who fee that way, judges
also feel it."
"There was decision by a division bench and we have an
RTI application as to why one judge was silent? It is
difficult to answer such queries," Khurshid told a press
conference here.

However, section eight of the RTI Act gives a wide range
of exemption clauses which keep out of the ambit of the
transparency law some categories of information including
judicial and quasi-judicial functioning of courts.

He said the RTI Act was brought after wide consultations
and they are still on.
Minister of state for Personnel V Narayanasamy said
government has received 6.05 lakh RTI applications and 90 per
cent were dispose of.


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