Correct Hindi version of Right to Information Act, 2005 is now available
17 Nov, 2012
The Hindi version of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 as posted on the official website of Central Government had some factual mistakes in it.
For example, the English version of the RTI Act says: (i) body owned, controlled or substantially financed (ii) non-government organisation substantially financed, directly or indirectly by funds provided by the appropriate government.” In the Hindi version of this clause (i) reads ‘body owned, controlled or substantially financed by the Central government’. Thus according to Hindi version this clause is only applicable to the ‘Central government’, which is not the case.
The mistakes, 34 in all, were pointed out by an RTI activist Commodore (retd.) Lokesh Batra, who expressed the fear that Hindi speaking states could follow the incorrect version, jeopardizing the spirit of RTI Act.