And Their Duty to Information?
‘(Kind of) Happy Birthday, RTI’ by Nidhi Sharma (Oct 13) poignantly brings out the stunted growth story of the Right to Information (RTI). Most of the times, the Public Information Officer (PIO) and First Appellate Authority (FAA) deny information, taking the cover of Section 8 that provides for certain exemptions from disclosure. They give flimsy, feeble and unacceptable excuses for non-disclosure citing public interest concerns. And petitioners often move high courts, leading to prolonged litigation. This defeats the core intent of the Right to Information to proactively make information available to the public.