Right to Information – Master key to good governance

DOPT is misleading PM and all, CIC has full powers.

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 24, 2006

Govt jerks info panel: your order valid only if all of you hear case


sarin is absolutely right. decision on file notings was taken by union 
cabinet for moving an amendment bill in parliament and not for its 
implimentation by govt departments streight away.

A Govt Resolution (GR) is binding on departments only in respect of 
specific powers vested in cabinet under a law and a law can be enacted or 
altered only by law making forum i.e parliament. one doubts if a GR was 
issued in the first place by the cabinet secretary to this effect.

the RTI law in its present form does not provide for constituting a 
bench to hear appeals and petitions. perhaps it may be desirable, but for 
that the RTI needs to be amended in so far as the powers and 
obligations of ICs and CICs are concerned. No one is above law.

CIC has unbridaled powers at present and should not succumb to 
pressures from DOPT. he needs to impose punishment under his power for 
commiting and abetting violation of the RTI law on the concerned PIO after 
granting hearing before two or three ICs bench as desired.

Ramesh W.


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