New Delhi, Aug. 12: The government today moved the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2013, in the Lok Sabha to keep political parties out of the ambit of the transparency law.
The bill, moved by minister of state V. Narayanasamy, will amend the RTI Act to exclude parties from its purview with retrospective effect from June 3, which would nullify an order of the Central Information Commission. The CIC had in an order on June 3 declared that parties could be treated as public authorities covered by the act.
Most parties were upset with the order and had asked the government to take corrective steps.
Narayanasamy said “political parties are neither established nor constituted under the Constitution or by any other law made by Parliament”.
“Declaring a political party as public authority under the RTI Act would hamper its smooth internal working, which is not the objective of the said act and was not envisaged by Parliament. Further, the political rivals may misuse the provisions of (the) RTI Act, thereby adversely affecting the functioning of the political parties,” he said, adding the amendment would remove the adverse effects of the CIC decision.