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  1. Changes in RTI Act in the offing



    Nagpur, Jan 5: An amendment in Right to Information Act (RTI) is in the offing whereby an applicant may be asked to file an affidavit while seeking information, Information Commissioner of Vidarbha region, Vilas Patil said today.

    "The Central Information Commissioner is contemptlating such an amendment whereas the applicant, seeking specific information, will be asked to file an affidavit if not satisfied by the information provided by any department", Patil, who took over as the Information Commissioner for Nagpur and Amravati divisions, told reporters here today.

    He said once changes were made at the Centre, it would be done at the state-level too and added that the affidavit will put some kind of curb on applicants.

    Changes in RTI Act in the offing .:. NewKerala.Com, India News Channel




  2. That is a news


  3. Quote Originally Posted by ganpat1956 View Post
    "The Central Information Commissioner is contemptlating such an amendment whereas the applicant, seeking specific information, will be asked to file an affidavit if not satisfied by the information provided by any department", Patil, who took over as the Information Commissioner for Nagpur and Amravati divisions, told reporters here today.
    Why do they want the applicant to file an affidavit, when a great majority of the PIOs and event the AA do not even reply, let alone provide the information in a proper manner. In short its very clear as per the Act that all communications to the applicant have to be in an affidavit manner with a proper index of documents provided.

    So instead of making the Public Authority responsible, they wish to pressurise the applicant instead?

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    CIC says it is too early to amend the RTI Act



    CIC says it is too early to amend the RTI Act
    as reported in NewKerala.com

    New Delhi, Sep 2 : The Central Information Commission(CIC) has put off consideration of changes in the Right to Information Act, saying the new law should be given sometime to work.

    Ever since the Act came in October 2005, it has been criticised by right to information activists for ''lacking teeth.'' ''The Act having been in force for a little of over two years, it would be premature to recommend amendments to the RTI Act,'' said a sub-committee constituted by CIC for coordinating the suggestions received from the State Information Commissions and to review the suggested amendments in the Right to Information Act, 2005.

    The Committee consisted of ten members, of which nine are Chief Information Commissioners of States and one a Central Information Commissioner.

    Although the mandate of the sub committee was to coordinate the suggestions received from State Commissions and to review the suggested amendments in the Act, the Committee decided to concentrate on the first objective alone.

    The other task of the committee were to identify the major obstacles in flow of information and to outline ways and measures for removing them for facility of the public.
    The Committee felt that a fundamental change in attitude was necessary within the bureaucracy to enable it to comply with the Act in letter and in spirit.

    ''It is the responsibility of the respective Governments to inculcate in the bureaucracy a respect for citizen's right and to give up the cloak of secrecy and opaqueness that its functioning is characterised by,'' the committee said.

    It said that for the RTI Act to be an instrument of accountability and transparency, political and administrative support and ownership of reform was critical.

    The quality of leadership in supporting necessary reform measures and in enabling effective compliance will, to a large extent, determine the effectiveness of the Act, it said.
    Finally, it said that for the efficacy of the Act, the role of Information Commissions must be recognised as critical for the efficacy of the Act.
    --- UNI
    CIC says it is too early to amend the RTI Act .:. NewKerala - India's Top Online Newspaper

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    Re: Changes in RTI Act in the offing


    There is no need of changes. moreover, right to change the RTI Act rests only with the Parliament. Changes must be in the behaviour of the 'implementing agencies' i.e.CIC , SICs, PIOs , AAs .Mishra rightly said that RTI act is O.K. At the most The I.Cs & AAs can be made accountable , punishable.

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    For the full report of the sub-committee referred to in the above article , please see:

    https://www.rtiindia.org/forum/6495-s...ight=committee

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    the only change required right now is INSTANT PENALTY for delayed/incomplete/wrong information given by CPIO/PIO's.
    LAGE RAHO RTI KE SAATH

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    PIOs can be made to supply the demanded info on affidavit; so that the PIOs may not tell lies. Applicant can never demand false/ non-existent info ; hence no need of his affidavit .
    Last edited by ganpat1956; 03-09-08 at 07:37 PM. Reason: Extraneous discussions unconnected with the subject deleted.



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