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Omar Abdullah's comments were appreciable at CIC-convention
In the inaugural session of Annual convention of Central Information Commission on 2nd September 2013, nothing newsworthy emerged out of the formal speech given by the President of India, to the disappointment of many. But, it was different, when Omar Abdullah spoke, as he spoke more like a member of civil society rather than the Chief Minister of a state (Jammu & Kashmir) at the Valedictory session of the convention on 3rd September 2013.

He rightly pointed out that the Right To Information Act gave citizenry more power than it is available to Parliamentarians or state-legislators because a citizen gets three chances forgetting response to an RTI questionnaire, while elected representatives get just one in a written reply in the House.

He cited his own example of curbing expenses on his tours, travels and renovation/furnishing of government-accommodations because of anticipation of RTI petition on such expenses.

His most vocal and forceful support for political parties being under purview of RTI Act deserve all compliments and appreciation. His comments expressing rightful concern on some cases of misuse of RTI Act need to be studied for effective remedy to make the working of the Transparency Act of India, as ideal and best in the world. 

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