Friday, February 18, 2011

Re: [HumJanenge] Centre must add purpose clause to RTI Act

This will also be a futile exercise and there are so many reasons for saying so specially when section 9, 24 and section 8 with certain exemption in RTI Act are alredy there. 
Person (s) behind such suggestion really deserve (s) kudo for innovate idea to blunt the Act. 

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Subject: Re: [HumJanenge] Centre must add purpose clause to RTI Act
Date: Friday, 18 February, 2011, 6:59 PM

The whole suggessions are absurd. Reason clause or word limiting/subject limiting clause should not be introduced. The organisation spends lot of time for the estralishment needs of the Babus and subordinartes. So whart if some time and money is spared to provide information to the citizen, the real" MALIK". Knknamboodiri
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From: "Govind... Hoping for better" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:34:00 +0530
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Subject: [HumJanenge] Centre must add purpose clause to RTI Act

Ref: Times of India

I completely oppose such move. This will help Babus to deny information. First of all Suo motu disclosure should be implemented, citizens should have free access without time bound to any information. Govt is saying "misuse" because their many wrong doings are coming out. If Government is honest, how one can misuse the information? Misuse can happen only in form of blackmailing. You can let other blackmail you when you know you are wrong. This is a reactive step instead of proactive.


'Centre must add purpose clause to RTI Act'

Prafulla Marpakwar TNN

Mumbai: Given the doubts raised by a section of chief ministers, the Centre is planning to amend the Right to Information (RTI) Act to curb its misuse.
    "A group of chief ministers has approached the Centre for amending the RTI Act. In several cases, it was used to settle personal scores by rival businessmen, builders and politicians," a senior information commissioner told TOI on Wednesday.
    The information commissioner said that when the
Democratic Front government promulgated an ordinance in 2004 to provide for right to information, it was specifically mentioned that a person seeking information will have to state the purpose for which the information is required. When the Centre enacted the RTI Act in 2005, this clause was removed. "If the Centre wants to curb misuse, it must include the purpose clause in the act. It will have to move an amendment bill for the purpose," he said.
    The information commissioner said that in Mumbai, the maximum number of ap
plications are filed by the same group of persons. "We are bound to provide information but we don't know how it will be used," he said.
    In Pune, the commissioner said, of the 2,500-odd appeals pending before the information commission, 800 are filed by 30 persons, while of the 2,200 applications filed
under the RTI Act, 1,400 are by one person. "If we know the purpose, we can decide his case on merit," he said.
    If the Centre is serious, the commissioner said, it should ask the states to follow Karnataka government's example. "Karnataka has made it clear that an application will not have more than 250
words and that in one letter, the applicant will ask questions only about one issue. This has ensured that only genuine applicants seek information," he said. Secondly, the commissioner said, the act should allow for punitive action against mala fide applicants. Information is provided free of cost to below poverty line (BPL) applicants. In a recent case, a BPL applicant sought information on a project, which comprises 50,000 pages. "It seems that someone was using him to get the information free of cost," he said.

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