And Their Duty to In­for­ma­tion?

The Economic Times - - Breaking Ideas -

‘(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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.