Govt scared of RTI Act, wants to dilute it: BJP



New Delhi: Accusing the government of being "scared" of the RTI Act, BJP on Friday slammed the Prime Minister's statement favoring a "critical look" at the transparency law and warned that any attempt to dilute the act would be opposed across the country.

"Is the government scared now of the RTI Act? The Government wants to turn its back towards the Act. The government, which has already lost its credibility, fears that it would be nowhere if this Act survives for a long time," said BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

The BJP also charged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of giving indications on dilution of the RTI Act and warned the government that any such attempt would be opposed across the country.

"By stating that the RTI Act is a wastage and time and expenses, the Prime Minister is giving a big indication to dilute the Act. We never expected such a statement from the PM," said Rudy.

He claimed the Prime Minister was siding with the rhetoric of such organisations which are seeking exemption from the transparency law.

"The BJP feels that the tenor of the Prime Minister's speech at the 6th conference of Information Commissioners is an attempt or an indication to rake up a debate in this country to dilute the provisions of the RTI, said Rudy.

Terming the PM's statement as "very objectionable" and which no other PM has ever said, the BJP said, "This is a matter of concern, as he (the PM) is talking in complete contradiction to the very tenet of the RTI Act."

PTI