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Hazare begins fast against changes in RTI Act

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 10, 2006

Hazare begins fast against changes in RTI Act
Pune, pti:

Social activist Anna Hazare began his indefinite hunger strike on Wednesday at Alandi, a famous pilgrimage centre, near here, against proposed amendments by the Central Government to the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Hazare had to change his earlier plans to fast at the August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai as the state government refused him permission to use that venue.

Speaking to reporters at Alandi, Hazare said the amendments would “eliminate the very essence” of the Right to Information Act. If the proposed amendments which seek to exclude file notes relating to enquiries on departmental proceedings come through, the Act would “fail to serve any purpose”.

He alleged that a strong lobby of bureaucrats and others with vested interests were bent on keeping file notings out of the purview of the RTI, Act 2006.

Hazare also opposed the move by the Centre to make it necessary for the information commissioners after the proposed amendments to seek the government’s approval before making any important decision.

The noted social worker said a similar campaign against efforts to dilute the RTI Act was on in many states including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Bihar, Assam and Uttar Pradesh.


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