Kejriwal flays parties for RTI amendments
Sonia Gandhi should stop her party's government from tampering with the Act, said Arvind Kejriwal.india Updated: Aug 07, 2006 14:40 IST
Criticising political parties for trying to make the Right to Information Act meaningless through proposed amendments in the original bill, Magsaysay Award winner Arvind Kejriwal has said a nationwide agitation would be launched in protest against the move from Wednesday.
"Sonia Gandhi played a major role in getting the RTI Act passed in Parliament. We have no hesitation in admitting this. However, I am quite surprised at her silence on the proposed amendments."
"She should stop her party's government from tampering with the Act. It seems as if the majority of political parties have succumbed to the pressure of a section of corrupt bureaucracy, which does not want to divulge information to the people," Kejriwal told a private news channel on Sunday night.
Enactment of RTI law was a major victory of Indian democracy and was one of the most beautiful legislations in the world. However, after its passage, the Union Government will lack the will to implement it in the right spirit- Right from the appointment of former bureaucrats to State Information Commissions and the Central Information Commission, he said.
The Government's attitude clearly shows it wants to scuttle the implementation of this bill.
"More recently, the move to amend the RTI Act barely less than a year after it came into existence, clearly shows that a majority of political parties in the country are under pressure from a section of corrupt bureaucrats, who want to repeal this Act through back-door manipulations," Kejriwal, a noted RTI activist, said.