Monday, February 21, 2011

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

Friends, Whether it is section 6(2) or section 8, the Act is basically to enable the right to information.  The referred sections are only regulatory in nature and for guidance and can be reviewed by the judiciary. The basic nature is to provide the information.   If an MLA or an MP who represents the elected public , the information that cannot be divulged to a citizen can also be denied to  the elected representative.  The electred representative has an opportunity of getting the information on top priority.  Who he is serving.  Whatever allegations of misuse of the RTI information could also be reflected  on our representatives. Wherever nationl secrets are dealt with there is sufficient protection all other civil matters where the secrecy is placed or restrictions are placed are not in public interest.  The elected members cannot function in their private capacity. Any thing they act officially is of the nature of public and belongs to public.   Only they do not care to divulge. RTI Act is not for regulation of national secrets or other secrets.    There are other laws in the country which take care of all these matters including the Cr PC, Official secrets Act ( to take actions), etc., etc.,   Diluting the RTI Act must not take place.   The Centre has to apply its mind and avoid the situation otherwise it will have effects which limit the privilegs and powers of the elected representatives themselves. Regards, dwarakanathdm 

On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 2:34 PM, Govind... Hoping for better <> wrote:
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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But because of the silence of good people!"


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