The Centre has moved to notify new rules for the Right to Information (RTI) Act under which an RTI case would cease to exist after the death of an applicant. In its first attempt to change the working of the transparency legislation, the Modi government has come under fire over this controversial rule as RTI experts say this would increase the attacks on applicants.
The department of personnel and training (DoPT), the nodal department for the implementation of RTI Act, has drafted new rules and sought comments till April 15. The exercise comes five years after RTI rules 2012 were notified. After the Congress-led UPA government withdrew a controversial draft rule, the Modi government has sought to introduce it again much to the alarm of RTI activists. Read More