Govt of India And the CIC Gut The RTI Act

The Govt of India weakened the RTI Act by quietly issuing the new rules through a gazette notification. The new rules, I believe, limit each application to 500 words and change the appeals process and the increase fees for information provided.  Here’s an article from HT.com by Chetan Chauhan: Govt of India and CIC tireade to Kill the RTI Act

This is sickening.

Here is a clipping from the Hindustantimes which explain the changes to the RTI Act:

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Click here for the updated rules:  Right to Information Rules 2012

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9 Responses to “Govt of India And the CIC Gut The RTI Act”


  1. 1 Carlisle Collins August 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Dear Minitree of Personal,
    Public Grievances and Penthouses
    (Department of Personnel and Training)
    New Delhi

    Sub: Request For Information per the RTI Act 2005 and clandestine amendments thereafter. Reg.

    I read your Notification GSR 603(E) dated 31st July, 2012 with more difficulty than is commonly related to painful peristalsis when passing a brick (sideways). One must admire your noble drive at transparency in governmental affairs placing emphasis on brevity and succinctness in RTI applications. Five hundred words should ordinarily be more than sufficient to express one’s Need-to-Know no matter how complex or complicated the lawful request may be.

    In this regard, I have a need-to-know whether there exists any divergence between your interpretation of “ORDINARILY” or mine? Or is the descriptor deliberately included so as to anoint the law with sufficient ambiguity and render dispositions subject to the arbitrary discretion of the deciding tribunal.

    I was taught in Law School that a vague law is no law, but that was many, many years ago. Things have changed since then as is obvious with your current innovation.

    Another concern that is playing havoc with my encrypted gastric rumblings and chronic constipation is the situation where my RTI requests made prior to your Notification (No. GSR 603(E) dated 31st July, 2012) are still pending with Public Agencies and awaiting resolution. Would these Agencies be within their purview if they were to DISALLOW my requests on ground of being “excessively wordy” (since they’re precluded to REJECT them for the same reason)? Bureaucratically speaking, is there a distinction between “DISALLOW” and “REJECT” (or have I had one too many)?

    I was taught in Law School that ex post facto laws (that retroactively changes the legal consequences of acts committed or the legal status of facts and relationships that existed prior to the enactment of the law), for the most part, are illegal per Article 20(1) of the Indian Constitution and numerous Supreme Court rulings as going against the grain of Natural Justice. But that was a long, long time ago. Things have changed now since the concept of Natural justice has evolved to mean Frontier Justice or “Revenge” – naturally!

    Yet another hemorrhoid-popping issue of great concern to my recreational proctologist is, “What if the Public Authority (represented by its Public Information Officer) also happens to be the First Appellate Authority”? Would my initial Request For Information also be deemed equivalent to an Appeal? If not, would it negate any intrinsic conflict of interest if I were to shut my eyes to the fact that the respondent Public Authority also happens to be the Trier of Fact, i.e., his own critic vested with punitive powers of abatement?

    As you see, these are legitimate concerns that are having a direct impact on my constitution.

    I do not know whether or not my RTI request has exceeded your prescribed 500-word limit. Of course, I could compress all the above questions into a one-sentence query: “WHAT KIND OF CROOKED STUNT ARE YOU PULLING ON US, DUDE?” but you wouldn’t have a clue as to what is blocking my colon.

    Anxiously awaiting your sympathetic, mineral spirited reply,

    Very painfully yours,

    CARLISLE COLLINS.

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