Ministers under RTI

minister-under-rtiIn a big decision, Central Information Commission have brought Ministers under RTI and declared Ministers in the Union Government and all State Governments as ‘public authorities’ under Section 2(h)of the RTI Act. The Ministers have a duty to inform the people about their efforts to fulfill the promises they have made, through Section 4(1)(b) of RTI Act and also to furnish the information as sought by their voters under other provisions of RTI Act. The commission has directed that a Public Information Officer within two months from the date of receipt of this order be appointed with each Minister Office.

The Commission strongly recommends to implement the recommendations of NCRWC, Second ARC and replace the ‘oath of secrecy’ with ‘oath of transparency” so that the Minister will respect the right to information of the citizen, which was passed by the Parliament and considered as fundamental right intrinsic in Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution, and be answerable/accountable to the citizens.

Ministers under RTI

The question can came in front of CIC was

Is ‘Minister’ a ‘public authority’?

The Commission strongly recommended the Centre and States to provide necessary support to each minister, including designating some officers, or appointing as Public Information Officers and First Appellate Authorities. They also shall be given an official website for suo moto disclosure of the information with periodical updating as prescribed under Section 4 including the facility of meeting people since the Ministers deserve necessary assistance to receive, acknowledge and provide response to the representations given by the people and as Constitutional functionaries, the Ministers have a duty to inform the people about their efforts to fulfill the promises they have made, through Section 4(1)(b) of RTI Act and also to furnish the information as sought by their voters under other provisions of RTI Act.

The decision can be read here: MINISTER UNDER RTI! You can discuss this post at our forum here! The wiki article is available here for further information.

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3 comments on “Ministers under RTI
  1. Shashavali says:

    Good Morning to you. I am very thankful to those who has passed this act. Public can even apply RTI applicatiomns to the Ministers offices to get correct informations which may be helpful and be benefited to them or public. Thanks a lot.

  2. G.L. N. Prasad. says:

    Once again the forum is dedicated only for mention of Hon IC SA’s decisions alone. What happened to other ICS’ or they not getting opportunity for delivering land mark decisions or not courageous ? or is the forum not finding such decisions from other ICS also ?
    Why not cater to strange decisions of State commissioners also ?

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