The controversial bill to amend the Right to Information Act appears as good as junked by the Centre. Following the opposition to the government’s move to keep file notings out of public domain, the bill is unlikely to come up in the monsoon session of Parliament. In fact, it may even be dumped.
Since the cabinet had taken the decision to bring the bill that, if passed, will allow only notings on socio-development projects for public scrutiny, the government cannot officially say it will not pursue it. But, unofficially, Congress leaders say the bill may not see the light of day. They bolster their argument by claiming that Congress president Sonia Gandhi is opposed to the dilution of the RTI Act.
Other UPA leaders too, influenced by the Left's logic, are said to have changed their stance — in favour of not tinkering with the Act. Sources say following the Centre’s experience with the Rashtrapati Bhavan on the office-of-profit bill, it will be a little more careful about controversial legislations.
For the record, the government will continue consultations with the Left on the RTI bill.