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Tripura CM against RTI amendment

Agartala, Dec. 11: Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar has firmly opposed the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement on amending the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005.

“During the past year, the Prime Minister has stated his intention to have the RTI Act amended. This possibly stems from his frustration over exposure of so many scams and scandals because of the application of RTI Act by activists,” Sarkar said.

He said this while addressing a seminar organised by the state information commission on the occasion of launching its Bengali website in the state government-run Prajna Bhawan auditorium this morning.

Sarkar said the objective stated by the Prime Minister, if implemented, would lead to a curtailment of a crucial legal right.

“This will be not be acceptable to neither common people nor media, nor any individual, that a right that was earned through struggle can be snatched away like this,” Sarkar said. “Between 1966 and 2005, altogether 76 countries enacted legislation making right to information legal. China also made a law, conferring right to information on people, in 2008,” Sarkar said.

He also said the state information commission should organise more awareness campaigns to make the common people as well as government officers and employees aware of the details related to the RTI Act.

He stressed the preservation of information and records for future generations through digitisation.