The government of India has drafted new rules for the RTI Act and social activists in UP are up in protest against these changes and have launched a drive to attain maximum feedback/comments against the amendments.
POST THE announcement doing rounds that the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training) of Government of India has drafted amendments to the Right to Information Rules, 2010, RTI activists’ group Yaishwaryaj has started a campaign to motivate masses of Uttar Pradesh and all over the nation to send their comments/objections to government against any amendments in the RTI rules. The Government of India has invited feedback and comments on the proposed new rules through e-mail by 27th December, 2010.
As in this country the awareness level is quite low, social activists have started this drive to make sure as many comments reach the authorities as possible. Lucknow-based social action group Yaishwaryaj has started this drive and is bent on getting the maximum number of comments back to government in objection to changes or amendments in certain sections in particular in the present RTI rules. “Two of our group members shall cover Lucknow , Kanpur , Etawah , Shikohabad , Firozabad , Agra , Etah , Budaun , Bareilly , Shahjahanpur and Hardoi districts between December 17 to 24 and try their level best so that maximum people send reasonable comments to the Government of India to oppose the RTI amendments . Anybody who wishes to join the campaign can call group’s helpline numbers,” said Prabhuta, one of the founder members of the group.