Right to Information – Master key to good governance

‘KILLING LEGISLATION’ – Govt diluting RTI Act, says Kejriwal –

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 1, 2006

Govt diluting RTI Act, says Kejriwal
From K S Narayanan DH News Service New Delhi:

Arvind Kejriwal, an anti-corruption crusader who was selected for this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award for his contribution to India’s right-to-information movement and empowering poor citizens, criticised the government for diluting the Right to Information legislation.

Soon after hearing about his selection for the prize in Emergent Leadership category, Kejriwal told Deccan Herald: “The government is making every effort to dilute the Right to Information Act by excluding the file noting. The decision to change the RTI Act will kill the entire legislation.”

“The Centre’s proposal to keep file notings outside the purview of the Act will deny key information about decision-making process to citizens. Being in government service, I know how important these notings are and every information of any decision making process has a link with the noting,” said Kejriwal who joined as tax officer in Indian Revenue Service in 1992.

The Magsaysay Foundation’s citation on Kejriwal read: “The brazen corruption of the high and the mighty may grab headlines, but for ordinary people it is the ubiquity of everyday corruption that weighs heaviest. And that demoralises. Arvind Kejriwal, founder of India’s Parivartan, understands this, which is why his campaign for change begins with the small things.”

Magsaysay Award was established in 1957 in honour of the memory and leadership example of the former Philippine President who died in a plane crash.

The other five awardees are Sanduk Ruit (Nepal), Ek Sonn Chan (Cambodia) Park Won Soon (South Korea) and Eugenia Duran Apostol and Antonio Meloto (both Philippines).

Kejriwal, who is on leave for the last two years, founded Delhi-based NGO Parivartan in 2000 that is engaged in right to information campaign. He was one of the key persons who along with Aruna Roy, submitted a draft bill on right to information.


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