Right to Information Act, 2005 - Sec 2 [f] needs amendment

Right to Information Act, 2005 - Sec 2 [f] needs amendment

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jayaraman sivaraman started this petition to Ministry of Law and

While the basic objective of the Right to Information Act, 2005, is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the workings of the Government, contain corruption and make democracy work for the people in the real sense, it has of late become Right to Deny the information Act.  More and more departments deny the information sought under the RTI Act, if the information is sought in the forms of questions. They often site Section 2 [f] of the Act to deny the information.

While Section 2 [f] of the Act states that  “information” means any material in any form, including records, documents, memos, e‑mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force, it does not  state that it cannot be sought in the forms of questions. Even if it is sought in the forms of questions, what does it matter to the department. As long as the information so sought in the forms of questions are relevant and pertaining to the subject, what is the problem in providing the information.  Further, certain information needs to be sought in the forms of questions only.  Denial of information will only make the people to attach motives.  

Therefore, the the said Section 2 [f] needs immediate amendment to the extent that information sought in any form, including in the forms of questions, should be provided.  It will be a mockery of the Act, if information sought in whatsoever manner, as it long as it is relevant and pertinent, is denied quoting the said section.

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