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legislation for citizens The law has initiated the vital task of redistributing power in a democratic framework It is perhaps this paradigm shift in the locus of power that has resulted in consistent efforts by the powerful to denigrate it The latest attack on the legislation was witnessed recently in the Rajya Sabha with several members of Parliament across party lines demanding amendments to the act A key allegation made on the floor of the House was that the RTI is being widely misused especially to blackmail public functionaries It was also argued that government servants are unable to take decisions objectively for fear of the RTI This is not the first time that the issue of misuse of the RTI Act has been flagged The previous prime minister alleged that a large number of frivolous and vexatious RTI applications are being filed resulting in a negative impact on the efficiency of the government These assertions however are not backed by data or evidence — a point which the office of the previous PM had to publicly concede when the RTI was invoked to ask for the basis of the PM’s views Similarly one of the MPs who raised these issues in the Rajya Sabha has reportedly admitted that his statements were based on anecdotal evidence drawn from some isolated cases On the contrary two national studies on the implementation of the RTI carried out by the RTI Assessment and Advocacy Group (RaaG) in collaboration with the National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI) tell a completely different story As part of the assessments 20000 RTI applications filed to different public authorities in the country were collected of which detailed analysis of a randomly selected sample of 5000 applications was undertaken Less than 1 per cent of the RTI applications analysed pointed towards the misuse of the law in terms of frivolous or vexatious information requests The majority of applicants sought basic information about decisions and action taken by the government norms related to the functioning of public authorities and the use of public resources In fact the studies showed that close to 70 per cent of the RTI applications sought information that should either have been made public proactively or communicated to the applicant without needing to file an RTI application The analysis also revealed that a little over 1 per cent applications were voluminous in terms of requiring a lot of information which could divert time of public servants Again a majority of the voluminous applications were asking for information that should have been disclosed proactively Clearly the poor compliance by public authorities with statutory provisions related to proactive disclosure of information is forcing people to file applications for information that should be publicly available to them Even a government-sponsored nation-wide study in 2009 did not find any evidence to flag misuse In any case how can objective government information obtained under the RTI be used to blackmail or harass anyone On the other hand if there is some wrongdoing the RTI applicant would be rendering a service to the society by exposing it Another claim made by an MP was that anyone even a “panwadi” (paan seller) and a “chaiwala” (tea seller) without establishing their locus can use the RTI to ask questions on sensitive issues from the government such as national secrets related to missile programs and international relations But the assertion that the RTI can be used to compromise national security is totally unfounded Section 8 of the RTI Act spells out the restrictions to peoples’ right to information It exempts disclosure of various categories of information including information which would prejudicially affect the security of India and its relations with a foreign state and personal information which has no bearing on public activity or interest Finally it is unclear why the honourable MP took exception to the use of the RTI legislation by citizens from a humble background like a panwadi or a chaiwala After all our MPs never seem to complain when they get votes and collect taxes (the poorest of the poor pay indirect taxes) from these very people Then why the hesitation to be answerable to them The RTI Act is premised on the idea that democracy requires an informed citizenry Members of Parliament would be well advised to look at the evidence before mulling amendments to it The writers are members of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNarendra Modi finds himself enmeshed in daily distractions inflicted on him by fringe elements of his extended parivar Instead of “governance” he and his party are having to field questions on loaded terms like “Ramzaade” “Godse” and “conversions” Zafar Sareshwala wonders how all this cacophony can even remotely help the parivar “What will they achieve by converting 300-and-odd Muslims to Hinduism or even a few thousand Muslims Will that change the social economic or political matrix of India In a country where Hindus are more than 85 crore and Muslims are 20 crore conversion/re-conversion numbers like these mean nothing in real terms It only serves the fringe elements on either side “In fact” continues Sareshwala a Gujarat-based businessman who is often seen as Modi’s track II ambassador in the Muslim community “the VHP and its affiliates would have done greater service to the nation if they had helped the underprivileged open bank accounts under the Jan Dhan Yojna or by reaching social sector benefits to the poor instead of spending their time and energies on conversion” Narendra Modi AFP Sareshwala is however hopeful He claims that “given our experience in Gujarat I am sure Modi will rein in all such elements within and outside The situation was far worse in Gujarat when he had become chief minister but with the passage of time things changed The same should happen at the centre Just wait for a while; the radical right on either side will become irrelevant soon as Modi’s work on economic development starts trickling down” This may seem an optimistic assessment right now when even some BJP ministers and MPs are unnerved by the direction the political discourse is taking after the Sadhvi Sakshi Maharaj and Agra conversion issues dominated the headlines Despite a formal defence of the party privately they fret about irresponsible elements within their ranks who are “driven by the short term desire to hog the headlines” In the process they are negating all the “good hard work” done by the government and the party After just six months in power the fault lines within the party and the Sangh Parivar have started emerging That is worrying some BJP leaders The party can’t afford to misread its 2014 mandate as anything to do with the fringe elements’ Hindutva agenda “At the start of the winter session we had thought that this session would be remembered for the passage of some landmark reforms legislation but mid-course we have suffered with several self-inflicted wounds” (the Sadhvi’s Ramzaade vs Haramzaade remark Sakshi Maharaj’s praise of Nathuram Godse and Governor Ram Naik’s wish for a Ram Mandir) In fact party members wonder when it had to make so many apologies on behalf of its members in the past This is turning out to be an apology session of parliament quipped another leader At the last parliamentary party meeting Modi had categorically told his MPs that he would “not tolerate” irresponsible statements They will have to change (badalna padega) while talking in public But after Modi got Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti to apologise Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj a known loose cannon made silly comments on Godse’s nationalism UP Governor Ram Naik left many in the BJP wondering “what had happened to him” with his remarks on the Ram temple All these events irritated Modi especially as the brouhaha peaked just when he wanted the spotlight to be on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit The voluble fringe took the limelight instead Even though the debate around conversions gave the BJP – including Venkiah Naidu and Amit Shah – a chance to air their pet idea of legislating an anti-conversion bill it came at a cost Is Modi paying for the ripples created by his own electoral wave BJP and Sangh politicians who would never have won a zilla parishad election are suddenly MPs and ministers thanks to the Modi wave in UP The fringe rode centre-stage holding on to the coat-tails of Modi They suddenly started to believe that their election was an endorsement for Hindutva and have become voluble on the same topic Modi and Amit Shah will therefore need to deal with them with a heavy hand “A message has to go down the line that the leadership won’t tolerate any nonsense that derails the official development agenda of the government and the party The ‘chalta hai’ attitude to loose comments has to go” said another party MP The BJP’s loose-talk brigade has revived the opposition which suddenly finds new issues to beat the BJP with almost daily Sadhvi Nirajan Jyoti’s “haramzaade” remark unified the opposition which no amount of backroom talks could have done But some in the BJP think this turn of events is not necessarily bad They point out that the Congress and the opposition have again got ensnared in the secularism debate which is losing appeal even among Muslims who now see it as an empty slogan and protection racket intended to deny them economic benefits If the top leadership buys this counter-argument it will have a tough time championing legislation in parliament This is something Modi cannot afford as he has sold himself to the masses as the man who can deliver We believe this is black money, "We have seen the public mood today. “I don’t want it to be an artwork.

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