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RTI amendment Bill not to be tabled now

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 18, 2006

RTI amendment Bill not to be tabled now

Friday, August 18, 2006 at 0000 hours IST


NEW DELHI, AUG 17: *The Centre has decided not to table the Bill to amend
the Right to Information (RTI) Act in the ongoing monsoon session of

Though the Opposition and NGOs have been opposing the amendment on file
notings, sources said the decision to defer the tabling of the Bill was
taken after the Centre failed to win over the Left parties even on Thursday.
However, parliamentary affairs minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was cautious
of his words when he said: “We will try to table the Bill in this session if
time permits.”
The Cabinet had earlier decided to amend the Act not to allow the disclosure
of file jottings, except in development and plan-related files. The papers
of Cabinet meetings and examination papers will also be barred from the
purview of the Act.

“Our demand is that the Bill should be sent to a Parliament Standing
Committee before the House considers it,” CPI(M) leader in the Lok Sabha
Basudeb Acharya told FE.


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