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Govt proposes new RTI rule: Ask, but only in 250 words, on only one subject

Posted in CHILD RIGHTS, RTI by NNLRJ INDIA on December 12, 2010
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INDIAN EXPRESS

The government has proposed new rules that require a Right to Information (RTI) application to be restricted to 250 words and only one subject. There’s no word cap currently, and applicants can seek information on any number of subjects in a single application.

The 250 words do not include addresses of the Central Public Information Officer and the applicant. The proposed rules require the applicant to pay postal charges above Rs 10 incurred by authorities in replying to the application.

Applicants do not currently pay postal charges. They pay Rs 10 when filing the application.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has uploaded a 10-page draft of the Right to Information Rules, 2010, on its website and has invited comments from the public by December 27, which is a procedural requirement before the rules can be enforced. Comments are invited to usrti-dopt@nic.in.

PROPOSED AMMENDMENTS DOCUMENT

RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT PROPOSED AMMENDMENTS

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  1. Venkatesh P. Dalwai said, on December 12, 2010 at 12:10

    What a way to kill the RTI Act indirectly. Information can not be curtailed as it goes against the spirit of the RTI Act.

  2. Madhanan Natarajan said, on December 12, 2010 at 13:53

    Thanks for not passing a resolution to totally remove RTI Act.
    Jai Hind.

  3. yogesh said, on December 12, 2010 at 14:02

    If the Govt. is not afraid of leakage of scams, why such amendment. It will increase the workload of the Govt. because whoever has to seek the information, will apply in different letters and they will have to reply all such different letters by different replies. Actually the govt. is afraid of RTI Act and thats why it is trying to curb it indirectly by making such foolish amendments.

  4. Manish Chohan said, on December 12, 2010 at 14:20

    Such an amendment should never see the light of the day. It is absolutely an attempt at curbing the right in an indirect way. If the Govt. is transparent in its affairs, then why such an amendment restricting the applicant to write down 25…0 words and that too only on one subject is being made? The IPOs still have to charge 2/- page for the information, so nothing is going to change on this count. This amendment clearly smacks of ulterior motive to cause harassments to applicants as no one will like to file more and more applications. Nothing better could be expected from this Govt. who stood exposed due to various scams through RTI applications. Whenever I file application under RTI, I write atleast 10-12 pages of small font and ask detail on hundreds of matters/subjects. So It means I’ll have to file HUNDREDS OF LETTERS and pay application fee for every such application. This amendment is totally nonsense. We were demanding some independent organization to take action against the irregularities and frauds on the information obtained under RTI. But this Govt. has took a step to put hindrances on the rights.

  5. Nisha Shah said, on December 13, 2010 at 01:43

    Information can not be curtailed as it goes against the spirit of the RTI Act. Giving Half information given is as equal to a crime, like white lies. Its abetting the wrong the information will help correcting.
    This cannot just be allowed.

  6. kharbindersingh said, on December 13, 2010 at 06:47

    The imposition of the limit of words would be invalid because of inconsistancy with the RTI Act. The power to make rule under s 27 (1) of the RTI Act is conditional and is “to carry out the provisions of this Act”. The words limit could not be properly be classfied as “to carry out the provisions of this Act”. The word limit would cause restriction on the provisions of the RTI Act and therefore would be invalid.

  7. Inder Krishen Wali said, on December 13, 2010 at 07:50

    If The GOI is intending to pass such an ammendment then it clearly proves that they know they are mismanaging the administration and don’t want to be exposed. It will be something like putting their fet in their own mouth. And the general Public would loose the confidence in the UPA Governance…!!

  8. Inder Krishen Wali said, on December 13, 2010 at 07:54

    If The GOI is intending to pass such an ammendment then it clearly proves that they know they are mismanaging the administration and don’t want to be exposed. It will be something like putting their feet in their own mouth. And the general Public would loose the confidence in the UPA Governance…!! Intellectual Masses should oppose any such move. In fact the MPs themselves are cutting their own powers. Because they remain MP only for 5-10 years and if they want any information they can do so only thru this act in its original form to the best advantage of the masses…!!!

  9. OP Thomas said, on December 13, 2010 at 17:08

    Ours is a country of intelligent people being ruled over by Cunning Politicians….Ever wondered why Indians make it big outside their country?… LN Mittal, Vikram Pandit, Amartya Sen, Indra Nooyi, Sabeer Bhatia et al….

  10. penvenu said, on December 13, 2010 at 19:14

    the proposed amendement to RTI Act is not necessary,payment of Rs 10/- and other is not invitable and it will cause hardship to the poor people. providing information to the General public is the duty of the state and union on free of cost.
    –itis my opinion.

    PENJURI VENUGOPAL
    9949697763


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