RTI is for people, assures PM, India

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Manmohan Singh, prime minister of India assured the democratic values of RTI Act, that it has inculcated in response to the  citizen's memorandum.

Delivering the valedictory address of a three-day national convention on 'One year of RTI', Dr. Singh said he was keen to ensure that RTI did not remain the privilege of a few.  However, as a note of caution, Dr. Singh stressed the significance given to 'public interest in the Act and urged all stakeholders to guard against the growth of professional middlemen in the use of the legislation'. He also asked to safeguard, RTI from 'becoming a tool for promotion of an adversarial relationship between different stakeholders as it would only serve to weaken the Act'. He further urged people to 'balance sensibly the need for information with the limited time, material and human resources available with public authorities'. The Act, along with the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Constitution and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, took India closer to fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi's idea of  'real Swaraj' (Independence).


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