Right to Information – Master key to good governance

‘Cabinet meetings must stay secret’:: ARC

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 19, 2006

‘Cabinet meetings must stay secret’


BANGALORE: Dealing with the confidentiality of the information, the second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) headed by M Veerappa Moily has asked each ministry/department to identify information which deserves to be given a security classification.

The Reforms Commission has recommended an amendment to the RTI Act to classify 11 items exempted under Section 8 (1) and 9 as top secret, secret, confidential and restricted.

For instance, under this, information pertaining to cabinet papers – including deliberations of council of ministers, secretaries and other officers – are to be classified as confidential.

Similarly, any information which affected the sovereignty and integrity of the country would be classified as top secret.

Top secret and secret documents will be classified for not less than 30 years, while confidential and restricted information will remain so for a period not exceeding 30 years.

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