Azmi joins campaign to save RTI act
Posted by rtiact2005 on August 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 (New Delhi):
With a week to go before the present session of Parliament concludes activists have stepped up their protests against the government’s move to amend the Right to Information act.
On Wednesday noted actress and former MP Shabana Azmi joined the protest saying that the amendments will rob the people of their basic right to information.
They say that they will press other MPs to vote against the amendments if they are brought in this session.
The activists plan to take the anti corruption rath across the capital and other cities in their campaign to put pressure on the government to drop the amendments to the RTI law.
“We will oppose the move to amend the law. This has been such a powerful law that has worked the government should not change it,” said Azmi.
Left parties have already said they will oppose the amendments, several MPs from the NCP and Trinamool congress have come out in support.
That despite being seen as going back on one of its major achievements the Prime Minister in his Independence day address said that RTI will bring about accountability.
“We have to improve the way governments function and deliver public services. I sincerely hope that the Right to Information Act enacted by our government will empower our people who will be able to use their rights to make government more accountable,” said Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister.
But activists are clearly not in a mood to back off for past eight days now noted Gandhian and Padma Bhushan awardee Anna Hazare has been on an indefinite fast at Alandi near Pune.
He is trying to convince the government not to go ahead with the amendments.