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Bill to curb right to info faces fight : “There is no way that the government can pass this Bill without our support. We have decided that the Act should not be tampered with.”

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 13, 2006

Bill to curb right to info faces fight

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1891041.cms

NEW DELHI: The government’s bid to push through its controversial file notings amendment in the current session of Parliament may be foiled by Opposition as well as Left parties.

Vijay Kumar Malhotra, spokesperson of BJP’s parliamentary wing, told TOI that despite its silence on the proposed changes to the Right to Information Act, the party would demand that the Bill be referred to a standing committee before it was considered by the two Houses.

Not a single line of any law can be changed without a proper scrutiny by the standing committee, Malhotra said, claiming that the only reason BJP had not commented on the file notings issue was that the government had not so far circulated the Bill among MPs.

Such a formality did not however stop CPM from coming out against the sudden move to reduce access to file notings under the RTI Act. The draft released by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his letters to his predecessor V P Singh and social activist Anna Hazare was enough for CPM leaders to oppose the Bill.

Brinda Karat is in fact the first political leader to have condemned the Bill. Addressing an RTI meeting in south Delhi on Friday, Karat said: “There is no way that the government can pass this Bill without our support. We have decided that the Act should not be tampered with.”

Karat made known her opposition the very day personnel minister Suresh Pachauri told Parliament that the government business for the week commencing August 14 included consideration and passing of the RTI amendment Bill.

For all the urgency displayed by the government, the chances of the Bill being passed in its existing form in the current session seem remote.

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One Response to “Bill to curb right to info faces fight : “There is no way that the government can pass this Bill without our support. We have decided that the Act should not be tampered with.””

  1. Dhirendra Krishna said

    Defeat of RTI Ammendments bill in the parliament would be a victory for the democratic forces.

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