Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Five unnecessary amendments & Two dangerous ones proposed, says Shailesh Gandhi (Central Information Commissioner)

It is strange that the government is speaking of the need to amend the Right to Information (RTI) Act, because there is no demand from any quarter for such an amendment. Neither of the two nationwide studies on RTI implementation, conducted by PriceWaterhouse Coopers and NCPRI-RaaG, say that there is a need for any amendment. In fact, on the contrary, there is a fair amount of consensus among Information Commissioners, citizens and even public authorities that the RTI Act needs to be better understood and implemented in its present form
said Shailesh Gandhi, the leading RTI activist who became a Central Information Commissioner 13 months ago. He was addressing a meeting of Mumbai’s activists at BCAS Foundation on Tuesday, 20th October.
The meeting was organized by leading activists Narayan Varma (BCAS Foundation & PCGT) & Bhaskar Prabhu (Mahiti Adhikar Manch). It was well attended by over 50 activists and media persons.
For detailed report of Shailesh Gandhi’s frank talk with Mumbai (Maharashtra) activists, visit at: Detail Report

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