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Changes in RTI law not in current session

india Updated: Aug 18, 2006 00:05 IST
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In view of protests against a move to amend the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the government on Thursday appeared to have backed out, saying the changes in the legislation may not be moved in the current session.

The amendments in the RTI Act are unlikely to be brought in the current session, government sources said in New Delhi on Thursday night.

The rethinking in the government has been prompted by protests by social activists, like Anna Hazare and Shabana Azmi.

As part of the amendments in the one-year-old act, the government was believed to have decided to remove file notings from its purview.

Critics of the move said it would make the law ineffective.

The proposed amendments to the RTI law do not just stop at blocking access to file notings but also recommend taking away the independence of the Information Commissions, National Campaign for Peoples' Right to Information have said.

The NGO launched a movement against the amendment move and got support from activists like Anna Hazare, Aruna Roy, Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan.

The proposed amendments also will keep the decision-making process out of the reach of public scrutiny.

If the amendments come into force, the common man will have access only to Cabinet decisions, which are anyway in the public domain and not give access to the Cabinet notes, the NGO has maintained.

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