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Ordinance to keep political parties out of RTI?
ActIT Jammu, Projects, Java,, C# Training Jammu
Dear Editor,

Media-reports suggesting about Union government working on an ordinance to keep political parties out of purview of RTI Act endorses correctness of a well-drafted CIC-verdict by full bench of our knowledgeable Central Information Commissioners, because none of the affected political party could find a flaw in the reasoned CIC-verdict to be challenged in the courts. Earlier there were indications that Union government would not adopt short-cut route of amending RTI Act to keep political parties out of purview of RTI Act.

Any decision to amend RTI Act will be indicative of an unholy alliance amongst political community cutting across party-lines when their self-interest is involved, like they do while supersonic passing of bills to raise their pay and perks, many-a-times in mid-night sessions of Parliament. However, morality and ethics demand that ordinance/bill to keep political parties out of purview of RTI Act must be a pre-conditioned that they will have to return land and bungalows allotted to them by Union and state governments at subsidised rate and lease apart from making all other government-facilities like voters’ list, radio and Doordarshan timings etc available on payment of cost. Even tax-concessions available to them should also be abolished with certain information about their funding and others stipulated by Election Commission mandatory to be put on their respective websites.

The said ordinance should make all cooperative societies including multi-state-cooperative societies (MSCS) and Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP) and all sports-federations including also national and state level cricket bodies specified to be covered under RTI Act. All those getting land and accommodation from governments at subsidised lease/rate etc should be declared as public-authorities under RTI Act. Considering dominating role of private-sector on day-to-day aspects of public life like telecommunications and banking, private sector above certain specified turn-over should also be brought under RTI Act.

--Madhu Agrawal

1775 Kucha Lattushah

Dariba Delhi

News Updated at : Monday, July 8, 2013
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