Govt to go beyond RTI to share information

Govt to go beyond RTI to share information
PTI
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First Published: Tue, Sep 09 2008. 02 22 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Sep 09 2008. 02 22 PM IST
New Delhi: The UPA government is considering a proposal to go beyond the Right to Information Act (RTI) by posting all but strategic information in the public domain.
While the RTI is a tool for citizens to extract information from the government, the new system would give information without the public asking for it.
“The central government is also examining our data sharing policy to bring all non-strategic information in the public domain,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said inaugurating a national conference on statistics here.
Singh said a proactive policy of disclosure would be in keeping with the spirit of the Right to Information Act.
Under the RTI, dubbed as one of the success stories of the UPA government, a person can seek information after paying a fee and formally applying for it.
“Information collected at huge cost, with the tax payers’ money, should be made available to the general public without their having to ask for it. This will improve the quality of the data as it will be subject to informed public scrutiny,” he said.
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First Published: Tue, Sep 09 2008. 02 22 PM IST