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அவசரம் ; Invites Suggestions on The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2013


அரசியல் கட்சிகளுக்கு விலக்களிக்க தகவல் சட்ட திருத்த மசோதா

The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2013


  • The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2013 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on August 12, 2013. The Bill amends the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act).

  • In June 2013, the Central Information Commission held six political parties to be public authorities under the RTI Act and hence subject to the transparency and information requirements under the Act.

  • The amendment Bill removes political parties from the ambit of the definition of public authorities and hence from the purview of the RTI Act.

  • The amendment will apply retrospectively, with effect from June 3, 2013.

  • The Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill states that there are already provisions in the Representation of People Act, 1951 as well as in the Income Tax Act, 1961 which deal with transparency in the financial aspects of political parties and their candidates. It also adds that declaring a political party as public authority under the RTI Act would hamper its internal functioning and political rivals could misuse the provisions of the RTI Act, thus affecting the functioning of political parties.

இந்த மசோதா பாராளுமன்றக் கூட்டத்தொடரில் 12-8-13 1அன்று தாக்கல் செய்யப்பட்டு விவாதம் எதுவும் நடைபெறாமலேயே நிலைக்குழுவின் பரிந்துரைக்கு 5-9-13 அன்று அனுப்பப்பட்டுள்ளது . இந்த திருத்த சட்டம் குறித்து மக்கள் 5-10-13 ஆம் தேதி வரை கருத்துக்களை தெரிவிக்குமாறு நிலைக்குழு கேட்டுக்கொண்டுள்ளது ஆகவே தாங்கள் தங்களது கருத்துக்களை உடனடியாக அனுப்பிட இந்தியன் குரல் கேட்டுக் கொள்கின்றது.

1. The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice Invites Suggestions on The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2013


Last Date: 5 October 2013


The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2013, as introduced in the Lok Sabha on 12 August, 2013 and pending therein, has been referred to the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice headed by Shri Shantaram Naik, M.P., Rajya Sabha for examination and report thereon within a period of three months. The Bill intends to amend the Act to keep the political parties out of the purview of the RTI Act, with a view to remove the adverse effects of the decision of the Central Information Commission dated 03.06.2013 which has held that political parties are public authorities under section 2 (h) of the said Act.

Those desirous of submitting memoranda to the Committee may send two copies thereof, either in English or Hindi, to Shri Ashok Kumar Sahoo, Joint Director, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, 222, Second Floor, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi - 110001 [Tel: 23035365 (O), Fax: 23016784, E-mail: rs-cpers@sansad.nic.in within 15 days of publication of the advertisement.

Press Release
Bill Text
இந்தியன் குரல் தனது கருத்தை கீழ்க்கண்டவாறு ஒப்திவு செய்து அனுப்பியுள்ளது தாங்கள் விரும்பினால் அதை அப்படியே உங்கள் பெயரை இட்டோ அல்லது உங்களது கருத்துக்களை இணைத்தோ இ மெயில் அல்லது பேக்ஸ் அனுப்பிடவும் தபாலில் அனுப்பிட கால அவகாசம் இல்லை ஆகவே  கவனத்துடன் இந்த திருத்தத்திற்கு எதிரான தங்களது கருத்துக்களை உடனே அனுப்பிடவும்.

Madam/ Sir,
   If you want to bring all the Political Parties in the ambit of RTI Act., 2005 ie. to make them answerable to the people , YOU MAY FORWARD THE ATTACHED LETTER to the Parliamentary Standing Committee rs-cpers@sansad.nic.in                  
VOICE OF INDIAN  94434  89976    9444305581

இந்தியன் குரலின் ஆலோசனை ..............


From                                                                                                        29-09-2013         

M. SIVARAJ., 71, 
Founder member
VOICE OF INDIAN ,
No. 12, Arumugam Street,
Vasanthapurakm,
VELLORE 632  001
TAMIL NADU                               

To    Sri Shantaram Naik., MP
TheChairperson,
Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public   Grievances,  Law and Justice ,
  Rajya  Sabha  Secretariat,
# 22 2, 2nd Floor,
Parliament House Annex;
New Delhi - 110001

  Respected sir,


 Sub:     SUBMISSION   TO   REJECT THE  RTI  AMENDMENT   BILL 2013 & TO   RELEASE   OUR    NATION    FROM  POLITICAL  PARTIES’   DICTATORSHIP –


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   “ Public Service  is a public trust  requiring in public mentor place Nation first and above personal gain.” (Dr. Rajendra Prasad speaking  at the constituent  Assembly session after the constitution was drafted in 1949)

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

      We the VOICE OF INDIAN , bearing in mind the above prophetic words , place hereunder  our views  on the proposed  RTI amendment bill 2013



    At the outset  we would like to caution the Central and all the State  Governments through  this  Standing  committee  that excluding political parties  form the ambit of the RTI would encourage    innumerable  Non Governmental Organizations, Clubs , Associations, institutions, Boards,  entertainment organizations etc. , which are there to mint money by corrupt means and don’t want to disclose their  real identity , receipt and  charges , their  functions etc.,     to declare their respective  institutions/ organization as  Political Party, to get registration from the State / Central Election commissions  and for name sake field candidates  in the Elections.        These are all just  because  of the WIDE  UNLAWFUL benefits viz. that they would be  kept beyond the limits of questioning  by the people under RTI Act.,



       Secondly,  we  do submit that the people of  India almost lost hope with the political parties and rather scare about them because of their corrupt and atrocious activities .    Infact in each and every major riot , corruption, scam , breach of law and orders , gambling , gang rape , massacre etc., unfortunately visibly are invisibly  undisciplined politicians’ hands are there.   In this pathetic situation , if the political parties are totally kept  beyond  the limitation of questioning their activities and money transactions etc., by the people under the RTI Act.,   would add fuel to fire .                          

People would   become vexed on our parliamentary system of Democracy and choose some other  path to  achieve their legitimate  needs.



      Thirdly , we  have carefully  read the minds of those  six political parties which  recorded  their views in this connection through several medias.  According to our understanding from such interviews  the Political parties come out mainly  with the following contentions for  excluding them from the ambit of RTI  Act.,                                                                                                  ...2...

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  Contention No.1: The Political parties receive funds from Un-known sources /sources not to be disclosed.       If they disclose the name and address of the donors , it would cause several damages  to the donors   and that   they would stop their donations. 

Contention No.2:    Political parties  are already submitting their  Audited Accounts  to the Election Commission as well as to the Income Tax Department and thus no need to disclose it again and again to the people under RTI Act.,   

 Contention No.3:    Political parties’ closed door discussions cannot   be disclosed.  

Contention No.4:  The reasons or norms adopted for selecting  and  giving Election ticket to the persons to contest in elections cannot be revealed because it would amount to  unnecessary interference  in their rights/ strategies etc.,  and at times affect their winning opportunity .



        We  hereunder do meet their above  contentions keeping ourselves within the bounds of RTI Act. and also our Constitution of India.



Reply to Contention No. 1:  

      First of all  the purpose   stated by the Political Parties for keeping  the indentify of  the donors as confidential  may not on any account justifiable. Such confidential  transactions should be considered as  a few    being taken  place behind the back of the Nation’s welfare particularly against    conduct  corruption free Elections and forming parliament/Assemblies  . Also  such transactions with  un-known sources/sources not to be disclosed  will not only breed corruption and  black money besides  unlawful favors to such un-known sources (ineligible persons/institutions ).etc.,      If these kinds of transactions are  allowed un-checked  no force on the earth can stop major  accumulation of Black money,   the riots , corruption, scams, breach of law and orders , gambling , gang rape , massacre, terrorism , bomb blasts , besides  becoming  a source to such  un-known sources to purchase MLAs., MPs., Ministers etc.,  



Reply to Contention No. 2

     Yes. It is true that the Political parties are submitting Audited Accounts to the Election commission.  But it is an open secret that even without sending their accounts to any door , they can obtain the audit certificate.      It is equally true that in no case either the Election commission or the Auditors worry about nature of  each and every receipts and charges.  This is the vulnerable point/stage  /juncture  where from   entire havoc starts.   When both the above agencies  do not worry or have time or has failed to verify the nature source of receipt and charges,

none-else except the people of India  have the obligation of verifying those aspects in the interest of the Nation and also to curb all the evil activities mentioned in pre-paras.



    Therefore the contention as that   “ Political parties are submitting audited accounts to the Election commission   ”   is on no account acceptable , since the purpose of such submission is something different from bringing  them  within the ambit of  RTI  Act., .



     Above all political parties are receiving funds from the so called un-known sources/ sources not to be disclosed have to be considered as un-lawful  receipt and a crime against the Nation. If this is allowed any longer , it would amount to   setting fire to our Democracy first and to the Nation next.

Reply to Contention No. 3

         We would like to bring to the notice of every one that the RTI  Act., has already having SEVERAL EXEMPTION PROVISIONS   in sec. 8   to safeguard the lawful interest of the Public Authorities.    But the political parties are for obvious reasons conveniently hiding these provisions.     For example  the informations  which are  at  discussion stage ;    a matter which has not been recorded ;    disclosure of

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a matter is considered as  injurious to the larger public interest ; the matter considered as  trade secret  etc. ,need not be disclosed.



      However  whatever   it may  be the condition,     as being done in the case of cabinet decisions, the information should be disclosed after the decisions  are arrived.



    Above all , the political parties are supposed to discuss   National and international matters only in a constructive way that too within the   bounds of our Constitution of India.  These matter too  need  not be disclosed at discussion stage .    But  later on should be disclosed to the citizens , who are   ,in fact, ruling the country.



Reply to Contention No. 4

       Down from   illiterate citizen    to  the Apex court crying like anything to avoid criminalism  in politics  and to prevent entry to the persons who have criminal background,  in the Elected Bodies.



   Thus the highly needed aspect before our Nation is the Parliament / Assemblies  only by honest and hard working persons  having  unblemished record.     To fulfill  this     prime  objective of country  it is obligatory on  the  Political parties that they too  should     adopt  basic ethical norms in selecting and sponsoring candidates for elections.   Not only the sympathizers of a particular party ,   last  member  of it  and also the voters should understand such norms , of-course after the Election is over .           If this basic aspect ie.  disclosing the norms adopted for selecting and sponsoring contesting candidates   is not acceptable by the political parties, in such case we have no other go except to suspect  their democratic functioning . It also stand as a proof  for the nude fact that they are not for  preventing  criminals’ entry to Parliament/ Assemblies.  



     Thus none of the  above  contentions is tenable on any ground    also against to the principle of   Natural justice and   to several provisions of RTI Act.,



    We in the above circumstances do request the honorable  Standing Committee to be pleased to acknowledge the following real feelings of the  people of India and to recommend the claim  of the Political Parties for exclusion from the ambit of RTI Act., as the one against the interest of Nation.



i.)                            No more criminals in the Election field and Elected Bodies .

ii.)                             No more cash –for –vote; cash –for- MPs MLAs in India by the wrong doers.

iii.)                           Political parties should be  for the people but  the  people are not for the Political parties. and

iv.)                             The Political parties should be for the Nation but   the Nation is not for the Political parties.



          After all these submissions, if at all the Ruling Govt., chooses to pass the proposed amendment bill excluding    political parties from the ambit of RTI act.,, it would amount as  a direct attempt to  bring every citizen , every instrumentalities of the Central and State Government under the POLITICAL  PARTIES’  DIRECT DICTORSHIP.



     We  pray  to save our  Nation by favorable recommendations to the Parliament.



                                             With high regards,
 Yours faithfully
 (  M. SIVARAJ )    VOICE OF INDIAN
Founder Member
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