Is Right to Information Life Threatening?
By Team Legistify / 2016-04-07
Read about the risks associated with Right to Information (RTI) Applications in India to a person's life.

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The government of India has proposed amendments to the RTI Act, one of the most empowering pieces of legislation. On 31st July 2012, the Central Government notified the RTI Rules under Section 27 of the Right to Information Act, 2005. The Rules provide that an RTI application will ordinarily be not more than 500 words (subject to exception) with a nominal fee being charged from each applicant.

However, the legality of the CIC (Management) regulations of 2007 was challenged before the Delhi High Court and these were quashed. The matter has been pending before the Supreme Court. The Government, therefore, decided, in consultation with the CIC, that a comprehensive set of rules be notified by consolidating the key provisions of CIC (Management) Regulations and also the Rules of 2012. Same had been put up in public domain for comments.

The key provisions of the RTI Rules, 2012 have been identically incorporated verbatim except the provision whereby the RTI application stands disposed of if the applicant passes away. Otherwise, no changes have been made in the RTI fee structure.

The most controversial amendment pertained to Rule 12. It would allow the withdrawal of an application in case of the applicant’s death, making the job of those who file RTIs even riskier.

Imperative to Protect the Applicant

We should also consider giving RTI activists greater cover by keeping the names and personal details of applicants confidential. The requested information should be in the public domain, assuming, of course, that the request is considered fair. In the UK's Freedom of Information Act, applicants' names are always blanked out; even in communications between government departments and in public uploads of responses to queries.

Read about the risks associated with Right to Information (RTI) Applications in India to a person's life.

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