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    There is no need to amend the RTI Act

    RTI Act is fine, says Misra

    As Reported by Staff Correspondent of The Hindu on Mar 15, 2008

    ‘There is no need to amend the law, it is well-balanced’

    ‘Many suggestions received for changing the law’
    ‘Public servants duty-bound to implement the Act’


    Raichur: The former Chief Secretary and State Chief Information Commissioner [Karnataka] K.K. Misra has said that there was no need to bring any amendment to the Right to Information Act (2005).
    Mr. Misra was here on Friday to attend to some pending cases related to the Act.

    He said the Act had been formulated with an intention to streamline the administration and protect the interest of the public.
    The Government had received many suggestions from experts for some amendments to the existing Act. But the non-governmental organisations wanted the Act to be liberalised.

    But in the existing form, the Act was unique and appropriately balanced, he said.

    Mr. Misra said it was the duty of the public servants to implement the Act in letter and spirit to bring transparency in their administration. Such practices among the administrators would not only help provide good governance but also protect the democratic rights of the public, he said.

    Mr. Misra said that every public authority should take steps to provide information suo motu to the public. It should be easily accessible to the public free of cost as far as possible or at the print cost prescribed under the Act, he said.

    He said the Commission had decided to hold hearings outside Bangalore in order to dispose of the cases filed as early as possible.
    So far, the Commission had sittings in Belgaum, Dharwad, Sira (Tumkur), Mangalore, Madikeri and Gulbarga.

    At its sitting in Raichur on Friday, the commission went through about 130 pending applications, including 106 cases handled by ASTRA, an NGO from Bangalore.

    It served show-cause notices to secretaries of six gram panchayats in the district seeking their explanation for failure to provide information to the applicants.

    In another case related to the Department of Health and Family Welfare here, the officer concerned had failed to clarify the fee required in providing information to person in respect of details sought in the implementation of the Janani Suraksha Yojana.

    He asked the officer to provide information to the petitioner free in this case, he said.

    To a question, Mr. Misra said the Commission had disposed of 6,000 cases since October 2005 and in five cases, it penalised the officials concerned with Rs. 25,000 each. But all of them had approached the High Court.

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