Posted by rtiact2005 on July 27, 2006
Sir,–The Union Cabinet has approved the amendment to the Right to Information Act. The official statement that the amendment was necessary to remove ambiguities and make the Act more effective will not find many takers. This is nothing short of cheating the public.
Ever since the RTI Act came into being, people have become increasingly aware of their right to information. Probably after seeing the people’s response, the Government developed cold feet; hence, such a panic reaction. File notings are the most important part of any information the public seeks from the Government and the latest move is aimed at protecting bureaucrats and their political masters. We can be assured that there will be a consensus on this issue among our parliamentarians. The effect of the RTI Act on making Government accountable has been actually nullified by the proposed amendment and it is a stab in the back of the common people.–Yours etc., Suman Barthakur, Ganeshguri Chariali,Guwahati.