Right to Information – Master key to good governance

cg somiah former CAG’s letter on rti to pm

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 2, 2006

--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: MKSS Rajasthan <mkssrajasthan@gmail.com>
Date: 02-Aug-2006 03:16
Subject: Fwd: cg somiah former CAG's letter on rti to pm

One of the many open letters that have been coming in from former 
bureaucrats and constitutional authorities who have held high office, and 
have had an impeccable reputation, appealing to the government not to 
amend the Right to Information Act...

Pasted below is the open letter from the former Comptroller and Auditor
General (CAG) of India
to the P.M. on file notings.
Address for further communication :
115 4th main 2nd cross HAL 3rdStage Bangalore 560075
telephone  :  080-25293620

Dear Prime Minister,

I had written to you earlier about the early enactment of the Lokpal 
Bill as an imperative step to control corruption at the decision making 
level in Government. I am enclosing a copy of my earlier letter as a 
gentle reminder.

Civil society in India was highly appreciative when the Right to 
Information Bill was recently enacted by the Government. It was indeed a 
giant step in favour of good governance, tackling the menace of corrupt 
practices at all levels. It also provided a shield to honest officers 
against manipulative governance as it enabled them to express their 
opinions in an unbiased and objective manner, knowing full well that their 
notings would be subject to public scrutiny. This shield will 
unfortunately be removed with the recent proposal to amend the Right to Information 
Act. There is growing protest in the country against the amendment and 
many reasons have been quoted in the plethora of representations made 
to Government against the amendment. My plea to you is simple – the 
honest officer deserves the shield and your support as an honest Prime 

With regards,
Yours sincerely,

C G Somiah

Nikhil Dey
Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan
Village Devdungri, Post Barar,
District Rajsamand,Rajasthan 313341

One Response to “cg somiah former CAG’s letter on rti to pm”

  1. Dhirendra Krishna said

    Very interesting perspective from a former civil servant, who was also posted as Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

    Total transpaency in working is welcome by honest officers. Only the officers who have something to hide are against public exposure. The movement towards diluting RTI Act shows that there are more dishonest officers than the forthright and straight-forward ones.The steel-frame seems to have corroded, but for few notable exceptions.

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