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Under pressure from UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, the Manmohan Singh government Thursday withdrew the controversial amendments aimed at diluting the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

“The cabinet decided to withdraw the amendments to the RTI Act”

The campaign against the amendments was led by activist Aruna Roy, a member of the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council.

The withdrawal of amendments would mean it would be possible for the citizens to ask for information related to file notings, except on issues about national security, privacy and protection of commercial interest. The amendments had sought to restrict disclosure of file notings only to social and developmental issues.

Nikhil Dey, who works closely with Aruna Roy on the RTI Act told “It is an important decision. The amendments would have killed the RTI Act and there would have been no transparency in governance”

Roy even met Gandhi on the government’s plans to dilute the act. Chief Information Commissioner Satyanand Mishra was also not in favour of the amendments, said sources.

The RTI Act was introduced during the previous UPA government to bring more transparency in governance and fight corruption.

One Response to “Government withdraws RTI Act amendments”

  1. vijay

    As it is the Hon’ble CIC diluted RTI Act by not even listing and even if the appeal is listed, directs the applicant to repeat the process at the expenses of the citizens of India. Where is justice system. Supreme Court never bothers about the people of India. It appears bothers about person coming in person by spending huge money and personally file PIL. This is the delivery system in India. What common man expects. the individuals sitting in the chair does not know. How can we expect justice for people of India?


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