For those of us who (despite the complete failing of the Duty To Publish aspect of the Right To Information Act) believed that the coming of the RTI was the most progressive move India has made in a long time– it is time to be despondent again.
You could say that we could fight back. Sure we can– but the fact that an amendment of the RTI, was ever considered, tells us one thing for sure. Real democracy has a long way to go in this country. What the RTI in its original form was meant to do was to make information freely available to anyone who wanted it. It is this fact, simple as it may seem which the Indian government finds scary.
The proposed amendment makes ‘file notings” inaccessible to the public. Why is this a bad thing? Two reasons: 1) File notings by individual officers are dead giveaways as to who has made what change and therefore allows for the gulity to be traced. Secondly file notings reflect a governmentt thought process, which is a valuable source of information and a valuable process to critique as well.
Its worth thinking- Without this is the RTI of any use any longer?