Parties may escape RTI noose
Your right to know how political parties turn themselves in India will be curbed as the government’s bid to keep them out of the Right To Information (RTI) law is now official.delhi Updated: Jul 31, 2013 01:01 IST
Your right to know how political parties turn themselves in India will be curbed as the government’s bid to keep them out of the Right To Information (RTI) law is now official.
The Cabinet on Thursday is expected to consider the proposal of the Department of Personnel and Training (DopT), the nodal ministry for the transparency law, to change the definition of ‘public authority’.
The government has proposed an exemption clause to bypass section 2h (d) which brings bodies substantially financed by the government under the RTI. The Central Information Commission in June this year had declared six national political parties — Congress, BJP, CPI, CPIM, BSP and NCP — as public authorities.
To nullify the order, the department has proposed exemption for the political parties on the ground that they are not substantially financed by the government.
There will also be an explanatory note on why the political parties cannot be covered under this definition.
Many experts believe that private bodies being indirectly financed by the government would also benefit.
If cleared on Thursday, the government is likely to introduce the changes in the first week of the monsoon session starting from August 5.
Unlike other legislations, getting RTI law amendments cleared would not be difficult as all parties are supporting the government on the issue.