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Activists slam Prime Minister's remarks on RTI Act

Activists said the existing Right To Information Act has adequate provisions to reject applications that are not legitimate.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:October 13, 2012, 9:09 PM IST
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Activists slam Prime Minister's remarks on RTI Act
Activists said the existing Right To Information Act has adequate provisions to reject applications that are not legitimate.
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New Delhi: Social activists, led by National Advisory Council (NAC) member Aruna Roy, on Saturday slammed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's observations on RTI Act alleging it signals support from the "highest quarters" to those keen on diluting the law.

The "concerns expressed by the PM will support and pass a signal to those who want to dilute and weaken the Act that they have support from the highest quarters," a statement signed by several RTI activists said in New Delhi.

In a point-by-point rebuttal of the Prime Minister's observations, they said the existing Right To Information Act has adequate provisions to reject applications that are not legitimate.

The Prime Minister, in his address to the Annual Convention of Information Commissioners yesterday, had voiced concern over "frivolous and vexatious" use of the RTI Act, stressed on protecting personal privacy and favoured exemption of public-private-partnerships (PPP) from the purview of the law.

Besides Roy, who is a member of the NAC which advises the government, the statement was signed by Nikhil Dey, Anjali Bhardwaj and eminent journalist Kuldeep Nayyar among others.

They said that on the issue of protection of privacy, the Prime Minister had neither elaborated why the provisions of the law were inadequate nor cited cases in which personal privacy had been infringed because of the RTI Act.

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