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Rti amendment proposed 2013

  1. 1. RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT AMENDMEND BILL PROPOSED 2013
  2. 2. MADE BY:- Shrawan Arya
  3. 3. SESSION OBJECTIVE  What is RTI  When and Why it was formed  Need & Benefits of RTI  Proposed amendments of RTI 2013  Group Views regarding acceptance of Amendment Bill
  4. 4. WHAT IS RTI ACT?  The Right to Information Act (RTI) is an Act of the Parliament Of India "to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens" and replaces the erstwhile Freedom of Information Act, 2002.  The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir has its own act called ‟’Jammu & Kashmir Right to Information Act,2009‟‟.  Under the provisions of the Act, any citizen (excluding the citizens within J&K) may Request information from a “public authority” (a body of Government or "instrumentality of State") which is required to reply expeditiously or within thirty days.
  5. 5. GENESIS OF RTI IN INDIA The RTI movement was started in Rajasthan by the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), an organization formed by Aruna Roy, an IAS officer who left her job to actively involve herself in this movement in 1990.
  6. 6. WHEN AND WHY IT WAS FORMED?  This law was passed by Parliament on 15 June 2005 and came fully into force on 12 October 2005.  Information disclosure in India was restricted by the Official Secrets Act 1923 and various other special laws, which the new RTI Act relaxes.  It is claimed to promote a "citizen-centric approach to development" and to increase the efficiency of public welfare schemes run by the government.
  7. 7. NEED FOR RTI ACT?  Promote Transparency of Information  Promote openness in administration  Promote Accountability in the working of every public authority  Empowerment of Citizens  Building capacity of government officials as information providers  Democracy requires an informed citizen  Preservation of confidentiality of sensitive Information.
  8. 8. BENEFITS OF RTI  RTI is the „Oxygen of Democracy‟. Gives meaning to participatory democracy.  Make government responsive.  Marginalized groups are given a voice and tool to scrutinize development activities.  Equitability, economic development and national stability is enhanced.  Promotes openness, transparency and accountability in public administration.  Make citizens part of decision making.  Supports participatory development and is a proven anti- corruption tool.
  9. 9. DISPOSAL OF REQUEST (S.7) Time limit for giving information 30 days If information concerns life and liberty of a person must be given within 48 hrs If information is given by third party then invite objections if any add 10 extra days No action on application for 30 days deemed refusal
  10. 10. RIGHT TO INFORMATION AMENDED BILL 2013 PROPOSED
  11. 11. AMENDMENDS PROPOSED  The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2013 was introduced on August 12 in the Lower House(LOK SABHA) by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, V. Narayanasamy.  The Cabinet had last month cleared a proposal to amend the RTI Act to give immunity to political parties and negate a Central Information Commission (CIC) order to this effect.  The Cabinet‟s decision had come nearly two months after the Central Information Commission‟s order of bringing six national political parties — Congress, BJP, NCP, CPI—M, CPI and BSP — under the RTI Act.  The Government has proposed an amendment in Section 2 of the Act, which defines public authority, to shield the political parties.
  12. 12. CONTINUED..  The proposed amendments, if accepted by Parliament, will make it clear that the definition of public authority shall not include any political party registered under the Representation of the People Act, officials said.  The CIC had in its order on June 3 held that the six national parties have been substantially funded indirectly by the Central Government and were required to appoint public information officers as they have the character of a public authority under the RTI Act.  The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2013 seeks to insert an explanation in Section 2 of the Act which states that any association or body of individuals registered or recognized as political party under the Representation of the People Act, 1951 will not be considered a public authority.  Referring to the CIC order of June, the bill also makes it clear that anything contained in any judgment, decree or order of any court or commission will not affect the status of political parties recognised under the Representation of the People Act.
  13. 13. GROUP VIEWS REGARDING ACCEPTANCE OF AMENDMENT BILL The Amendment should be part of public discussion. Information cannot be generated regarding the funds transfer between political parties and the businessman.
  14. 14. THANK YOU

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