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DoPT is using all possible legal strategies to dilute RTI Act. WHILE DOING NOTHING ABOUT IMPLEMENTATION.

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 29, 2006

It is a shame that DoPT is getting into legal battles and confrontation 
with Central Information Commission, where it is a champion against the 
implementation of RTI Act in letter and spirit. DoPT is using all 
possible legal strategies to dilute RTI Act, WHILE DOING NOTHING ABOUT 
IMPLEMENTATION. 

A. There in program for educating public under s 26.

B. There is no thrust on changing record keeping to meet the needs of 
RTI Act,envisaged in s 4(a).

C.Section 4(2) has far reaching consequences: nothing is being done to 
ensure suo-moto declaration of information to avoid RTI application 
from citizens.

D. Large scale training of public authorities is essentialfor 
implementing RTI Act, with focus on attitudinal changes to make them attuned to 
transparencu and greater public accountability. 

Aforesaid actions (A, B, C and D) can not be taken by Public 
authorities without budget provisions eramarked for implementation of RTI act. 

THERE IS NO BUDGET FOR THIS PURPOSE.

Dhirendra Krishna
dhirendrakrishna@yahoo.co.uk

4 Responses to “DoPT is using all possible legal strategies to dilute RTI Act. WHILE DOING NOTHING ABOUT IMPLEMENTATION.”

  1. P.K. Aditya, Chandigarh said

    DOPT IS THE ANTI-RTI MOUTHPIECE OF THE GOVERNMENT.

    Mr. Dhirendra Krishna has rightly listed the things that the DOPT has not done, though it was envisaged to do so, as being the implementation agency of the RTI Act. The manner in which most of the Central Government Public Authorities have merely filled useless data under section 4 of the RTI Act is more of a sham. Either few pages of glossy brochures of Public Sector Undertakings have been reproduced in the RTI Portal, just to create volume, or it is mentioned: “There are currently no items in this folder”, on Proactive Disclosures.

    Crux of the matter lies in obligations having been cast upon public authorities to proactively disclose information, to such an extent that the public may have minimum resort to use the Act to obtain information. This has been completely lost sight of. Most of the ‘information’ was hurriedly composed to meet the deadline, and since then the DOPT never spent time and effort to see that it is updated.

    Regarding matters which it was not envisaged to do, look at the matter published on August 23, 2006 in The Hindu, where Vidya Subrahmaniam has quoted from copy of a letter which draws strength from an opinion submitted to the Ministry by Additional Solicitor-General, Gopal Subramanium. Says the letter dated August 21, 2006, by Shri L.K. Joshi: “As directed by the Prime Minister, the matter [of file notings] was examined in consultation with the Ministry of Law, Department of Legal Affairs. A copy of the considered opinion of the Additional Solicitor-General received in this regard is enclosed.”

    It has been made to appear that the PM has freshly directed the said examination, though there is little doubt that the PM has been quoted out of context. The said ‘direction’, if so, must have been prior to the date the PM announced calling off amendment of the RTI Act in the then current session of the Parliament. It is unbelievable that the PM would do such a thing after the said announcement. But who can stop DOPT from doing what it has been doing for long.

    That is precisely how the PM is being led the garden path, misinformed at each step, and also that the impugned alteration in definition of ‘information’ was surely done, without adopting proper lawful process, papers prepared for the Cabinet meeting to take the decision that it took, and the same tirade is being continued by the lobby which is behind the DOPT, or in fact is the DOPT itself, as far as the RTI Act is concerned. No wonder there has been no let up in efforts by the DOPT to still keep the pot boiling.

    Grace demanded that DOPT drop the impugned alteration, gracefully. Alas DOPT.

    P.K. Aditya, Chandigarh, August 29, 2006

  2. P.K. Aditya, Chandigarh said

    DOPT IS THE ANTI-RTI MOUTHPIECE OF THE GOVERNMENT.

    Mr. Dhirendra Krishna has rightly listed the things that the DOPT has not done, though it was envisaged to do so, as being the implementation agency of the RTI Act. The manner in which most of the Central Government Public Authorities have merely filled useless data under section 4 of the RTI Act is more of a sham. Either few pages of glossy brochures of Public Sector Undertakings have been reproduced in the RTI Portal, just to create volume, or it is mentioned: “There are currently no items in this folder”, on Proactive Disclosures.

    Crux of the matter lies in obligations having been cast upon public authorities to proactively disclose information, to such an extent that the public may have minimum resort to use the Act to obtain information. This has been completely lost sight of. Most of the ‘information’ was hurriedly composed to meet the deadline, and since then the DOPT never spent time and effort to see that it is updated.

    Regarding matters which it was not envisaged to do, look at the matter published on August 23, 2006 in The Hindu, where Vidya Subrahmaniam has quoted from copy of a letter which draws strength from an opinion submitted to the Ministry by Additional Solicitor-General, Gopal Subramanium. Says the letter dated August 21, 2006, by Shri L.K. Joshi: “As directed by the Prime Minister, the matter [of file notings] was examined in consultation with the Ministry of Law, Department of Legal Affairs. A copy of the considered opinion of the Additional Solicitor-General received in this regard is enclosed.”

    It has been made to appear that the PM has freshly directed the said examination, though there is little doubt that the PM has been quoted out of context. The said ‘direction’, if so, must have been prior to the date the PM announced calling off amendment of the RTI Act in the then current session of the Parliament. It is unbelievable that the PM would do such a thing after the said announcement. But who can stop DOPT from doing what it has been doing for long.

    That is precisely how the PM is being led the garden path, misinformed at each step, and also that the impugned alteration in definition of ‘information’ was surely done, without adopting proper lawful process, papers prepared for the Cabinet meeting to take the decision that it took, and the same tirade is being continued by the lobby which is behind the DOPT, or in fact is the DOPT itself, as far as the RTI Act is concerned. No wonder there has been no let up in efforts by the DOPT to still keep the pot boiling.

    Grace demanded that DOPT drop the impugned alteration, gracefully. Alas DOPT.

    P.K. Aditya, Chandigarh, August 30, 2006

  3. P.K. Aditya, Chandigarh said

    I had sent comment yesterday, but the by line still says “No comments”. I tried to sned it again, but reply is that one was sent yesterday, psted on Govt of India. Even there one finds the by line “No comments”. May be I am unable to understans what and where is it wrong. Kindly help my understanding through my email: premaditya@gmail.com Thanks

    P.K. Aditya

  4. P.K. Aditya, Chandigarh said

    DOPT IS THE ANTI-RTI MOUTHPIECE OF THE GOVERNMENT.

    Mr. Dhirendra Krishna has rightly listed the things that the DOPT has not done, though it was envisaged to do so, as being the implementation agency of the RTI Act. The manner in which most of the Central Government Public Authorities have merely filled useless data under section 4 of the RTI Act is more of a sham. Either few pages of glossy brochures of Public Sector Undertakings have been reproduced in the RTI Portal, just to create volume, or it is mentioned: “There are currently no items in this folder”, on Proactive Disclosures. Crux of the matter lies in obligations having been cast upon public authorities to proactively disclose information, to such an extent that the public may have minimum resort to use the Act to obtain information. This has been completely lost sight of. Most of the ‘information’ was hurriedly composed to meet the deadline, and since then the DOPT never spent time and effort to see that it is updated.

    Regarding matters which it was not envisaged to do, look at the matter published on August 23, 2006 in The Hindu, where Vidya Subrahmaniam has quoted from copy of a letter which draws strength from an opinion submitted to the Ministry by Additional Solicitor-General, Gopal Subramanium. Says the letter dated August 21, 2006, by Shri L.K. Joshi: “As directed by the Prime Minister, the matter [of file notings] was examined in consultation with the Ministry of Law, Department of Legal Affairs. A copy of the considered opinion of the Additional Solicitor-General received in this regard is enclosed.”

    It has been made to appear that the PM has freshly directed the said examination, though there is little doubt that the PM has been quoted out of context. The said ‘direction’, if so, must have been prior to the date the PM announced calling off amendment of the RTI Act in the then current session of the Parliament. It is unbelievable that the PM would do such a thing after the said announcement. But who can stop DOPT from doing what it has been doing for long.

    That is precisely how the PM is being led the garden path, misinformed at each step, and also that the impugned alteration in definition of ‘information’ was surely done, without adopting proper lawful process, papers prepared for the Cabinet meeting to take the decision that it took, and the same tirade is being continued by the lobby which is behind the DOPT, or in fact is the DOPT itself, as far as the RTI Act is concerned. No wonder there has been no let up in efforts by the DOPT to still keep the pot boiling.

    Grace demanded that DOPT drop the impugned alteration, gracefully. Alas DOPT.

    P.K. Aditya, Chandigarh, August 30, 2006

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