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Omar Abdullah pitches for political parties to come under RTI Act

Even as Parliament is considering to amend the RTI Act to exclude political parties from its ambit, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday made strong pitch for opening their records to the public through the transparency law.

In his valedictory speech at the eighth convention of the Central Information Commission, Omar said he was not sure whether his party would agree with his views but if political parties are availing Income Tax exemption, they should be accountable to the people.

‘As of now, my party is not on that list of parties that have to be part of the right to information and I don’t know whether my party will agree with what I have to say. But if I they did ask me what I thought, I would believe it is justifiable for my party to come under the purview of the Right to Information,’ the chief minister said.
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