New Delhi: The government is contemplating an amended act, which will exempt all political parties from the ambit of Right to Information Act, sources said on Thursday. The government has faced a lot of flak for planning to bring in an ordinance to keep political parties out of the RTI ambit.
The Bill is likely to be introduced in the Monsoon Session of Parliament and most parties have agreed to be out of the RTI cover. In a landmark decision, the Chief Information Commissioner had ruled all political parties will come under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. The ruling provides for greater transparency in the working of the political parties as now the public has the right to get information about their functioning and funding.
However, political parties came out opposing the CIC's order with the Janata Dal United and the Communist Party of India - Marxist slamming the decision saying the CIC exceeded its brief. Even the Congress hit out at the proposal with Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari saying CIC's order is "a bit of a stretch."