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No decision over keeping political parties out of RTI ambit

No decision has been taken yet by the government on giving immunity to political parties from providing information under the Right to Information Act as the six-week deadline by the Central Information Commission ends on Monday.

Officials in the Department of Personnel and Training, which is the nodal department for the implementation of the RTI Act, said the government was not very keen on bringing an ordinance to keep political parties out of the ambit of the transparency law.

The DoPT, which is under the charge of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, may also go for consultation with other stake holders including civil society before deciding to bring an ordinance, which has been approved by the Law Ministry, to pave way for amendments in the RTI Act, they said. The amendments in the RTI Act, if approved by all stake holders, can be brought as early as during the Monsoon Session of Parliament which is likely to begin from mid-August.
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