The government is committed to passing the amendment to the RTI Bill, which will keep political parties out of its ambit. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said the Bill will be brought back once it comes back from the Standing Committee.
Here is the transcript of an excerpt from the interview:
Karan Thapar: You hit a problem which is why suddenly you referred the Bill to the Standing Committee. And you know that the problem is that practically everyone in the country who understands this issue including many MPs is against the amendment. I ask you behind the disguise of sending it to the Parliamentary Committee, why don't you admit this is a bill the government won't go further with. Drop it.
Kamal Nath:We sent it to the Standing Committee because there is a completely misconceived conception; it's absolutely wrong and false that politicians or MPs have something to hide.
Karan Thapar: Do I get the right impression from your response that even though this Bill has been sent to a Parliamentary Standing Committee, the government remains determined to pass it and in the Monsoon Session will pass regardless of what the rest of the country thinks.
Kamal Nath: Let it come back from the Standing Committee. Standing Committee will invite people to give their comments and wish you are one of them who understand this Bill better.
Karan Thapar: But you are committed to the Bill as a government?
Kamal Nath: We have introduced this Bill in Parliament.
Karan Thapar: You are committed to it.
Kamal Nath: We have said, it is the government which said take it to the Standing Committee, so the people can understand this Bill better and do not fall into the trap of the media.
Karan Thapar: So you are not having second thoughts as some people would hope?
Kamal Nath: At this point of time no.