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Haryana permits officials to part with details that can be disclosed under RTI

Reported by indianexpress.com on May 25, 2013

Haryana permits officials to part with details that can be disclosed under RTI - Indian Express


To bring transparency in its official matters, the state government on Friday amended its secretariat instructions. According to the amended instructions, government servants will now be allowed to communicate to any person or organisation full and accurate official information, which can be disclosed under the Right to Information Act, 2005 in performance of his duties in good faith.

"However, the instructions cannot be construed as permitting communication of classified information in an unauthorised manner or for improper gains to a government servant or others," a government spokesperson said.


Haryana Chief Secretary P K Chaudhery has issued a circular to all the department heads on the implementation of amended instructions.


"According to the old provisions, government employees were prohibited from communicating to anyone, including fellow government employees without authority, information acquired by them in the course of their official duty. Such unauthorised communication is also prohibited under the India Official Secrets Act, and is punishable under Section 5 with imprisonment for a term, which could extend to two years or a fine, or both," the spokesperson added.

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