Right to Information – Master key to good governance

Activists hanker after more

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 2, 2006

Activists hanker after more
Himanshi Dhawan
[ 1 Aug, 2006 0143hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]


 NEW DELHI: The cabinet decision may have attempted to disable the Right to Information Act but that has not stopped activist Aruna Roy from using the same legislation to pack in a punch.

She has requested the cabinet secretariat for details based on which the cabinet decided- to omit file notings except those related to social and developmental projects- from the purview of the RTI act.

In an application filed with the cabinet secretariat on Monday, Roy has asked for “the decisions of the council of ministers, the reasons thereof, and the material on the basis of which the decisions were taken, relating to amendments to be made in the Right to Information Act of 2005.”

The controversial decision- to allow file notings related only to social and developmental work to be made public-has stirred a hornet’s nest. While social activists have described the move to tinker with a legislation that has been enforced for less than a year, the government has tried to paint the move as a progressive one.

File notings have become such a point of debate because of their importance. It is these notes that hold the rationale for government actions, or the lack of it, change in certain policy, why a certain contract is given or why a sanction was withheld to prosecute a particular corrupt official.



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