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Govt gives clarification to RTI Act

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 10, 2006

Govt gives clarification to RTI Act


Press Trust Of India

Posted Thursday , August 10, 2006 at 17:48

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New Delhi: Based on the experiences of working of the Right to Information Act, 2005, the government proposes to make certain amendments and clarification to the Act, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

Government proposes to specifically provide in the RTI Act, 2005, that substantive file notings on plans, schemes and programmes relating to development and social issues shall be liable for disclosure, Minister of state for Personnel Suresh Pachouri said in a written reply.

However, he made it clear that it would not make the RTI Act ineffective.

Replying to another question, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priyaranjan Dasmunsi denied that the Government has drafted a comprehensive set of guidelines contemplating a series of “do’s” and “don’ts” for broadcast


“No, sir”, was his reply to the question asked by C Ramchandraiah who wanted to know if the government has any such proposals following some sensational sting operations undertaken by the electronic media.

The information and broadcasting minister also denied that any broadcasting code / guidelines being drafted on ‘sting operations’ by the Government.

However, he said a Committee has been constituted to review the Programmes and Advertising Codes, which have held a number of sessions.


One Response to “Govt gives clarification to RTI Act”

  1. P.K. Aditya, Chandigarh said

    “Substantial File Notings”

    In the face of so much talk, and discusions, on this matter of ‘substantial file notings’, may the Honourable Minister kindly let be provided provide, for enlightenment of the citizen, some concrete information on a few typical cases, during the last one year, of the so-called: “plans, schemes, programmes of the Central Government, that relate to development and social issues, of which substantial file notings are proposed to be disclosed by the Government”. One or two examples of ‘substantial notings’ contrasted with the ‘conventional notings’ would be highly useful to understand the said terms.

    P.K. Aditya

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