UPA govt defends amendment to RTI Act
Posted by rtiact2005 on July 27, 2006
New Delhi, July 26
Faced with criticism on the proposed amendment to the Right to Information Act, the UPA government today clarified that only a small portion of file notings now remain exempted from disclosure.
The exempted notings were “related to subjects that are already exempted under sub-section (1) of Section 8 of the Act and to personnel-related matters like examination, assessment and evaluation for recruitment, disciplinary proceedings,” an official statement said.
The Act specifically provides that file notings of all plans, schemes and programmes of the government that relate to development and social issues shall be disclosed, it added.
The Manmohan Singh government claimed that the amendments approved by the Cabinet would enhance the independence, autonomy and authority of the Centre and state information commissions.
These amendments include powers to the commissions to take measures to promote the use of electronic record keeping and to facilitate effective disclosure of information and information management, powers to make recommendations regarding effective implementation and monitoring mechanisms, to make recommendations regarding systems and tools that need to be developed and deployed and development of guidelines, minimum requirements, proactive disclosure of information, and methods of publication.