New Delhi, Oct 17 (PTI) The Central Information Commission (CIC) and state commissions have sought more powers, including initiation of contempt proceedings against public authorities for not executing their orders, by amending the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
"Specific provisions may be recommended to be included in the RTI Act itself for dealing with contempt proceedings," the CIC, in a list of recommendations submitted to the Centre today after a day-long conference here, said.
"Power of contempt should be given to the Information Commissions (ICs) so as to implement their orders," the recommendations said.
The 12-page recommendations also suggested that information commissions be given the powers of a civil court for proper implementation of their orders.
"The powers of civil court have been given only for limited purposes. These do not cover powers concerning execution of decrees and recovery of fine etc," they said, adding "proceedings before the commissions be deemed to be judicial proceedings." Minister of State for Personnel and Public Grievances Suresh Pachouri who was present at the conference, assured the CIC and state information commissioners that the Centre would consider the recommendations.
"I assure you of our consideration of the feasible recommendations emerging from this conference," the minister said and stressed that the UPA government was committed to implement the Act in its "letter and spirit".