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Govt says no to RTI act amendments

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 20, 2006

Govt says no to RTI act amendments


Govt says no to RTI act amendmentsSiddharth Pandey/Sandeep Phukan/Imtiaz Jaleel

Sunday, August 20, 2006 (Alandi/New Delhi):

It’s being called the largest mass movement since freedom struggle and demonstrated its power bringing the vested bureaucratic interests to its knees.

The Prime Minister finally sent a message to Gandhian social activist Anna Hazare that amendments that will dilute the Right to Information will not be made for now.

Hazare broke his 11-day-old hunger strike describing it as a victory for the people.

“We have discussed the RTI issue in detail with the PM. He did not feel it right to introduce the bill in this session parliament. We will discuss with more people,” said Prithviraj Chavan, MoS, PMO.

Hazare breaks fast

Its not a complete victory but still a major one that finally convinced Hazare to end his hunger strike against the government’s decision to amend the Right to Information act.

Hazare and other campaigners have been protesting across the country.

In just nine months the law has enabled thousands of Indians to get their ration cards, passports and water connections without paying a bribe.

This prompted the government bureaucrats to fight back and lobby the government to amend the law.

Ordinary citizens came out in protest against the move and were joined by MPs including from the Left.

The Left parties have had several run in with the government and the proposed changes in RTI would have been another.

The Left says that if the file notings were removed it would have killed the act and that’s why they did not support the law.

Celebrations all over

News of the government’s decision to postpone any changes was celebrated across the country.

In Nagpur firecrackers were lit. While in Delhi it was a victory song.

“It is a victory for the people. The people who voiced their concern against corruption, who took part in the protest, who filled the ballot boxes,” said Aruna Roy, Activist.

They celebrated their victory as soon as the news broke out but from Sunday the activist plan to start the campaign again to try and educate Indians about RTI and how to use it.


One Response to “Govt says no to RTI act amendments”

  1. Lawrence Sathiyaraj J said

    Dear Friends,

    Hats off to all those who made the reversal of RTI act Ammendments possible. Congratulations.

    Lawrence Sathiyaraj J.
    Chennai – 9444259532

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