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Activist oppose corporator's move on rules on RTI implementation

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 - 8:15am IST | Agency: DNA

RTI activist have written a letter to the BMC chief Sitaram Kunte, in respect to a notice of motion moved by a corporator seeking framing of some rules for further implementation of RTI Act. The activist want it to be withdrawn as they feel it is not in a good taste.

dna in its January 30 edition, had reported about a notice of motion moved by BJP corporator Manisha Chaudhury. Chaudhury's notice of motion is to be heard on May 5, in the corporation's monthly meeting. It states that RTI applicants should submit a "letter of guarantee", that the information will be used for constructive purpose only.

It read: "Making it binding on the applicant filing application under the RTI Act, to submit a copy of 'residencial proof', a letter of guarantee that the information will be used for constructive purposes only. And if the applicant wish to withdraw his application then a legitimate reason in writing needs to be submitted."

"What she has stated is against the fundamental right through which the information can be sought by an applicant. Constructive work is a subjective term. What you may find constructive work, may not be for somebody else. This Act is passed by the Parliament and amendments can be done only by it," said Anand Castelino, activist.

"The BJP has been saying that it is against any amendments. This Act by one of their corporator is totally against the RTI Act. The Act states clearly that a person's personal information cannot be asked," said Bhaskar Prabhu, an activist, who has written the letter to the municipal commissioner, adding that all public authorities are bound by these statutes and cannot make additional conditions or changes to any of the provisions.

When contacted Manisha Chaudhury said, "There are some people who are misusing the Act and hence I have framed this up."

Kunte said, "Notice of motion by itself comes as a form of suggestion. It is put forward in the house and comes for a remark to the commissioner. We will apprise them (corporators) of legal position when it comes up."




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