Politics and RTI

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Political parties are refusing to come under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI) and the Government has referred an amendment bill on RTI that seeks to keep the political parties out of the Act, to a Parliamentary standing committee for elaborate study and this should come as a relief to those championing the Act. The bill would receive inputs from the parties and its members if the bill went to the standing committee, the Centre opines.

The amendment is unfair since it would rule that `notwithstanding anything contained in any judgement, decree or order of any court or commission…’ and will prevail over any other law for the time being in force.

Fortunately, some MPs have opposed the amendment and vowed to continue building pressure until the political class becomes accountable to the common man. There is need to actively involve all the people in the movement and there should not be any let up, for, this will provide the answer to the age old problem of corruption which the late Indira Gandhi had described as global phenomenon and now, even the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has accepted during his address to newly recruited officials.

The latest move raises hope so much so it is hailed as the first step forward by RTI champions who think that it was going to be a great collective effort to ensure that in the coming months, not a polarised debate but nuanced arguments were made to build a substantive political democratic discourse, according to RTI pioneer Aruna Roy.

But it has to be remembered that people like Ms. Roy are very few and this will meet the same fate as many others like the Women’s reservation bill.

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