- August 29, 2013
- Press Release
August 29th 2013
The support for the demand to refer the RTI Amendment Bill to a Parliamentary Standing Committee to enable public consultation on the bill, is gaining momentum and popularity both, within and outside Parliament.
Ajoy Kumar, the Lok Sabha MP from Jamshedpur, has written a letter to Smt. Meira Kumar requesting her to refer the bill to a Standing Committee. Shri Kumar’s letter states, “The RTI Act is a fundamental citizens’ right and has empowered citizens across the country to access information and demand accountability from the government… As you may be aware there has been widespread public agitation against the RTI amendments. There is also an apprehension among people that the whole political class is coming together to prevent transparency in the political process. Therefore, as we deliberate amendments to this landmark legislation, it is critical that we have detailed debate on it. We must provide common citizens a chance to present their views on the Amendment Bill by referring it to a Standing Committee. Ensuring public consultation on the Bill will help reduce the chasm between people and political parties and will help restore peoples’ faith in parliamentary democracy.” The letter sent by Shri Kumar to the speaker is attached.
Shri Baijayant Panda, Lok Sabha MP of the BJD party had also written to the Speaker requesting her to refer the RTI Amendment Bill to a Parliamentary Standing Committee.
Various petitions addressed to the PM, President, Speaker of the Lok Sabha against RTI amendments have been endorsed by more than 2 lakh people. Several organisations and supporters like Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Satark Nagrik Sangathan and RTI Call-a-thon have petitioned the Lok Sabha Speaker to refer the RTI (Amendment) Bill to a Parliamentary Committee to enable widespread public consultation.
Anjali Bhardwaj, Nikhil Dey, Venkatesh Nayak and Rakesh Dubbudu (Co-convenors of the NCPRI)
For further information, please contact Amrita Johri- 9810273984
[Copy of the press release can be accessed from here]