Right to Information – Master key to good governance

Please block RTI amendments in Parliament

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 5, 2006

5th August, 2006
Shri. L. K. Advani,
Hon’ble Leader of Opposition,
Lok Sabha,
New Delhi.

Respected Shri. Advaniji,

I have been waiting and watching as to when would the opposition raise the issue of the retrograde steps taken by the Union Cabinet by passing the amendments to the Right to Information Act, 2005. I have been waiting to hear my voice in Delhi question the government of the day, as to why my right to know is being gagged?

These amendments, unlike the Act, which went through a consultative and participatory process, have no basis and are unilateral and arbitrary in nature. Why hasn’t civil society been taken into confidence?

In this monsoon session of Parliament, first it was the Office of Profit issue, today was pesticides, tomorrow it will be the Natwar Singh – Pathak Comittee Report. Amidst all these walk-outs and walk-ins the government is passing all that they want. I fear that tomorrow, while you create a uproar in the LS on the Natwar Singh issue, the UPA Government will pass the amendments to the Right to Information Act, 2005.

Advaniji, this is the only right that the common man has, one which he has received after 58 years too late, and now UPA wants to snatch it to protect the Babu’s! It would have been better not to give it in the first place, and allow the farce called democracy to continue in our country. The government through the pay commission recommendations have already sanctioned, as per news reports some Rs. 20,000 Crores for them.

For a moment, just imagine when Emergency was imposed, and you yourself were incarcerated in jails, would not Right to Know helped you???

This amendment comes in the wake of a hugely successful nationwide campaign – “Drive against Bribe – with RTI” and coupled with the Central Information Commissions decisions on file notings, and reported notices to Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) by them.

I demand that your party and your partners in NDA oppose tooth and nail, these amendments, and not allow passing of the same.

Please note media partners of the national campaign for people’s right to information would start highlighting a “No RTI – No Vote” Campaign, and show case which MP, from which Party did what, when the UPA in the most surreptitious manner is trying to gag people’s right to know.

I and my colleagues would be extremely disappointed, if you, who leads the voice of the citizens in the house of the people don’t fight for our fundamental rights.

Looking forward to witnessing your proactive protection of our rights in Parliament, and if you can spare some time, hearing from you on the subject.

Warm Regards,

Rajesh Darak, Secretary,
(An action group for whistleblowers in India),
Address for correspondence :
8, Varsha, North South Road No.5,
Vile-Parle (West), Mumbai – 400 056.
Tel : 022-26140957 / 26140519 (R),
Mobile : 98206-83005

RTI Act 2005: bureaucracy resists, we insist on genuine implementation.

Rajesh Darak

Mera Bharat Mahaan…Nahi Hai,
Per Yeh Dosh Mera Hai.


One Response to “Please block RTI amendments in Parliament”

  1. ramesh wasudeo said

    LKA had kept maharahtrs RTI under the hat for two years till anna hazare threatened him to be made responsible for his death. in this matter of saving RTI, person calls shots is sonia gandhi. somehow or other she must be motivated for saving RTI.

    an open letter as paid news paper advertisement may help.


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