Cabinet Decision - No amendments in the Right to Information Act
The UPA government has dropped proposal to amend changes in the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. It has been reported that opposition from the Sonia Gandhi-headed National Advisory Council (NAC) apart from that by the RTI activists has been the reason for the decision to shelve the proposals. These amendments were criticised for leading to dilution of the RTI Act.
The proposal to make amendments in the Right to Information (RTI) Act included:
- Granting exemption to the file notings from disclosure except in cases of development and social issues.
- Excluding the exam selection process from the purview of the RTI Act.
- Curbing information about public examination and evaluation of an individual for appointment in the government.
Now, all file notings can be made public as before, except those explicitly exempt under the Act.