Right to Information – Master key to good governance

“Information, minus file notings, amounts to taking the life out of the RTI Act” says O. P. Kejriwal

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 2, 2006

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Sent: 02 August, 2006 9:44 AM

2ND AUGUST 2006,

Dear All,

Warm greetings!

As we all know, UPA cabinet has recently taken decision to amend Right to Information Act 2005, to exempt file notings, Cabinet papers and inforamtion regarding promotion, public services examination and selection procedures etc from RTI act.

Mr O P Kejariwal, Member Central Information Commission, recently said that “Information, minus file notings, amounts to taking the life out of the RTI Act”.

1. Putting file notings in the realm of exemptions will make  the Act weaker. There are a lot of instances where honest officers have recorded their objections to illegal proposals, and the higher officers/Ministers have overruled them, which would come to light.

2. The act was drafted after lots of consultation and deliberations. The proposed amendments are arbitrary and is mocekery of the whole nine months process of consulation by beuracrats, parlimentarty committee, citizens, from August 2004 to May 2005.

3. The Government has made no attempt to disclose to the Public, what great harm has accrued to governance in the last few months, which could not be covered under the present exemptions under Section 8.

This decision needs to be widely opposed from being tabled in the parliament. Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel, will stand in solidarity with efforts from other states to oppose this amendments. At the same time, there is one suggestion from Pahel member to have signature campaign and letter writing campaign to PM and MP’s. Another suggestion is to have one day public programme at Kocharab Ashram to oppose the amendements.

In many of the states like delhi, students have also joined in the protest campaign saying NO VOTE if AMENDSEMENTS ARE MADE TO THE ACT.

A short meeting is planned on Saturday 5th August 2006, at Kochrab Ashram, Paldi, Ahmedabad Between 12:00 to 2:00 pm to discuss about FUTURE COURSE OF ACTION.

Your presense is atmost important and we request you to please attend the meeting.

Harinesh Pandya
Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel


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