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No dilution of RTI Act by any agency: Narayanasamy

PTI  New Delhi, October 13, 2012
First Published: 20:58 IST(13/10/2012) | Last Updated: 22:00 IST(13/10/2012)

Government on Saturday said it would not allow dilution of the Right to Information Act by "any agency."

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Speaking at the valedictory session of seventh annual convention of the Central Information Commission, minister of State for Personnel and Training V Narayanasamy said "one more thing, very vital issue, burning issue...is recent Supreme Court judgement that is Namit Sharma's case. You have a lot of grievances on the judgment, I also have a lot of grievances on the judgment."

"As far as the government is concerned, we have taken steps immediately...We have filed a review about two days back after taking views of the Law Ministry. I assure you in this forum that we will not allow dilution of the Right to Information Act at any cost by any agency," he said.

The minister said the RTI Act is a very simple Act which even a common man can read and understand, its provisions of dissemination of information, without much expenditure.

"I don't want to go into the legal issue as I might be held for contempt. It is a very simple act...Therefore, I would like to say that government is committed to the full implementation of the Right to Information Act in its present form. I will assure from the government side that we would not be wanting any dilution of the Act," he said.

In a recent judgment in the Namit Sharma case, the Supreme Court court had termed the Commissions as quasi-judicial bodies and directed the government that Chief Information Commissioner at the Centre or state level should only be a person who is or has been a chief justice of the high court or a judge of the Supreme Court of India.

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