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TEXT OF PM'S INTERVENTION IN THE LOK SABHA ON THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION BILL DEBATE ON MAY 11, 2005 NEW DELHI ================ THE PRIME MINISTER (DR. MANMOHAN SINGH): Mr. Speaker Sir, I am very grateful to you for granting me permission to intervene on a very important and critical Bill, which is before this august House. Sir, all modern societies or complex societies, they require strong and purposeful Government to steer them. In our own country, Government expenditure, both at the Central level and at the level of State and local bodies, accounts for nearly 33 per cent of our gross National Product. At the same time, the social and economic imperat…
I heard from rtiindia.org that today is Right to know day. I was wondering what new happened around the globe? Any news. Also I thought to ask, is there any hindi version of the Act?
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Under the Right to Information Act, 2005, a public authority cannot withheld an information merely on the ground that the matter is sub-judice. Even in regard to the matter where the prosecution is still continuing, the CPIO can provide the information subject to provisions of Section 10(1) of the Right to Information Act, 2005 by applying the doctrine of severability.
In defence of the right to know SOWMYA KERBART SIVAKUMAR Public pressure has prevented the government from implementing retrogressive amendments to the Right to Information Act. S. GOPAKUMAR THE public outrage over the recent attempts of the government to tamper with the national Right to Information (RTI) Act may have subsided for the moment but the storm has left some indelible marks on the history of Indian democracy. In a never-before alignment that rose above caste, class, gender, economic, political, professional and what-have-you considerations, the government's move paved the way for a neat two-way split centred around one guiding principle: do …
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