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RTI amendment: Activists to launch stir

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 27, 2006

RTI amendment: Activists to launch stir
[ 26 Jul, 2006 1848hrs ISTPTI ]


NEW DELHI: Terming the recent decision of the government to amend the Right to Information (RTI) Act as ‘mockery of democracy’, a group of social activists on Wednesday threatened to launch a nationwide agitation against the proposed move.

Taking a dig at the government, Magsaysay award-winner Aruna Roy said “though a bit late, unfortunately they (government) have understood the importance of the law and the way a common man can use it to get information and that is the reason they want to amend it.”

However, she said they will make all efforts to bring back accountability and transparency in the system by not allowing changes in the Act.

In its July 20 meeting, the cabinet had decided to amend the Act to exclude public noting on files in ‘a few areas’.

“The government is so opaque that in spite of our appeals we have not been told about the exact decision taken by the cabinet last week,” Roy told the press conference.

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare has also threatened to return his Padma Vibhushan award on August 9 to protest the government’s decision, saying he was not ready to keep the award given by a government which is against the rights of people.

On the objections raised by the UPSC that file noting should not be made public, Hazare claimed, “they do not want any transparency. The MPSC (Maharashtra Public Service Commission) chairman has been to jail on corruption charges.”

“We are entitled to know the deliberations taking place before any decision is taken. Many a times I have observed lack of logic while arriving at a particular decision,” said Roy, who quit as a member of the National Advisory Council recently. 


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