Cabinet approves amendment to put political parties out of RTI

The Cabinet has cleared an amendment to the RTI Act to keep political parties out of its ambit. Highly placed sources said that the decision to amend the Act was taken by the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

The Central Information Commission in its ruling had held that political parties are public authorities and are answerable to citizens under the RTI Act.

The commission had said that six national parties Congress, BJP, NCP, CPI-M, CPI and BSP have been substantially funded indirectly by the central government and they have the character of public authority under the RTI Act.

The Commission had also directed the parties to appoint Public Information Officers to respond to RTI queries and adhere to all the legal provisions.
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