With citizens protesting across the country to oppose amendment of the Right to Information (RTI) Act that seeks to exclude political parties from its ambit, former chief information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi urged citizens to go a step further and call up members of Parliament to discuss the issue.
At a public meeting on Tuesday, attended by more than 300 people, Gandhi, along with several other activists, asked every citizen to call MPs and reason the amendment with them.
“In the next few days, every citizen should try and call at least ten MPs, whose contact details are available on official websites and urge them against the amendment. It is necessary to tell them to first engage in a citizen debate before bringing it up in the monsoon session,” said Gandhi.
In June, the central information commission (CIC) had issued an order to bring six national political parties under the ambit of the RTI Act as they are substantially financed by the government and had asked them to appoint public information officers within 45 days, but most parties did not comply.
Last week, the government cleared a proposal to amend the Act on the argument that political parties are not public authorities.
If the amendment is effected, the activists plan to move court.