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RTI Amendment Bill likely today

A bill seeking to amend the RTI Act to shield political parties from providing information under the transparency law is scheduled to come up for discussion in Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2013 was introduced on August 12 in the Lower House by minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions V Narayanasamy.

Narayanasamy ‘to move that the Bill to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005 be taken into consideration. Also to move that the Bill be passed,’ said the list of business for Lok Sabha on Monday. The RTI amendment bill could not be discussed on earlier occasions on 23, 24, 26 and 29 August.

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 under the RTI Act.


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