RTI Act now stands on brink of extinction, Centre considers it ‘nuisance’, says Sonia Gandhi

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi Tuesday said the law now stands on the brink of extinction adding that the present government sees the RTI Act as a nuisance and wants to destroy the status and independence of the Central Information Commission.

Written by July 23, 2019 10:22

New Delhi: A day after the Lok Sabha passed the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 amid strong protests from the Opposition, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi Tuesday said the law now stands on the brink of extinction adding that the present government sees the RTI Act as a nuisance and wants to destroy the status and independence of the Central Information Commission.

“It is a matter of utmost concern that the Central Government is hell-bent on completely subverting the historic Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. This law, prepared after wide-spread consultation and passed unanimously by Parliament, now stands on the brink of extinction,” Sonia said in a statement.

Expanding on how the use of RTI has benefited women and the weaker sections of the society, the UPA chairperson said, “Over the past decade and more, 60 lakh of our countrymen and women have used RTI and helped usher in a new culture of transparency and accountability administration at all levels. The foundations of our democracy have, as a result, been strengthened immeasurably. The weaker sections of society have benefitted greatly by the proactive use of RTI by activists and others.”