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    CIC seeks more power for effective implementation of RTI Act


    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".





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    Re: CIC seeks more power for effective implementation of RTI Act


    The full details of the 12-page recommendations resulting from this conference of the CICs & SICs can be viewed in the following link:

    http://cic.gov.in/Conference-2007/Recommendations.pdf
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    Re: CIC seeks more power for effective implementation of RTI Act


    Thanks Mr. Siddhartha for your news on implementation of CIC decisions. Actually none of the power given to CIC to implement the decisions. I think every one feels it. On allowing the power for contempt the RTI will be more effective.

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    I think every one feels it. On allowing the power for contempt the RTI will be more effective.
    Hello Mr. Gupta,
    'Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.'

    The CICs & SICs are yet to utilize properly & effectively whatever power vested to them in the act.

    So asking for more power will only open the Pandora's box.

    As they say The jury is still out on them.

    Sidmis

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    Mr. Siddhartha,
    I am of the same opinion but at present I am feeling that without power of contempt the CIC is not position to implement the RTI every where. You may analyse it if some officers so not want to supply the information where a person will approach. Ok he will approach to CIC/SIC but on getting decision from these bodies whether a person is in position to implement the orders. Govt officers have fear from Judiciary only due to Judiciary power of contempt. Indian Judiciary is not doing well so that this RTI comes in need only. The power of contempt will make all of us effective implemenation of RTI.



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