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Centre issues proposed amendments to RTI act; seeks citizen participation

Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 4.09.54 PMMonday: As per PTI reports, the government has made a draft of an amended RTI Act.

A notice has been put out by The Department of Personnel and Training on their website seeking suggestions from the public before April 15, 2017.

An applicant can, now, file complaints within 135 days of filing the RTI application, according to the amendments. A further power of converting a complaint into second appeal has also been given to the Central Information Commission by the govt. Presently, Section 18 of the RTI Act provides for complaint while Section 19 of the RTI Act provides mechanism of second appeal.

The Centre will also allow the Commission to decide whether an appeal or a complaint can be withdrawn by the applicant upon request. Although, such withdrawals will not be permissible once the matter has been decided.

April 3, 2017

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