Centre proposes to amend laws to strengthen RTI Act

Centre proposes to amend laws to strengthen RTI Act
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First Published: Thu, Jul 09 2009. 12 14 AM IST

New ideas: Union minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions Prithviraj Chavan has said that NGOs and social activists will be consulted on the proposed amendments. Harikrishna Kat
New ideas: Union minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions Prithviraj Chavan has said that NGOs and social activists will be consulted on the proposed amendments. Harikrishna Kat
Updated: Thu, Jul 09 2009. 12 14 AM IST
New Delhi: The Union government on Wednesday said it proposes to strengthen the Right to Information (RTI) Act by making changes in the laws to provide for disclosure by the government in all non-strategic areas.
New ideas: Union minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions Prithviraj Chavan has said that NGOs and social activists will be consulted on the proposed amendments. Harikrishna Katragadda / Mint
“It is proposed to review the number of organizations in the second schedule to the Right to Information Act, 2005, and make rule for more disclosure of information by public authorities,” Union minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions Prithviraj Chavan told the Lok Sabha.
The government has received representations expressing doubts about the proposed amendments. Non-governmental organizations and social activists will be consulted on the proposed amendments, Chavan said, adding that “no time-frame can be fixed for completion of the process”.
The government has also conducted a study through an independent organization to assess the key issues and constraints in implementation of the Act.
“The study recommended measures for improving awareness on right to information, improving convenience in filing information requests, improving efficiency of the information commissions, enhancing accountability and clarity of various stakeholders,” Chavan said.
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