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WHAT NEXT AFTER THAROOR SPEAKS ON RTI

One day, Milind Deora, Minister of state for IT, communications and shipping, posted a tweet on his timeline about the controversial ordinance.
And, following a slew of events, the ordinance was buried to its fate. Mr. Deora is believed to be a strong member of Rahul Brigade in Congress party.
Recently, MoS in HRD, Shashi Tharoor, in a seminar said that political parties should not be exempted from the provisions of the Right to Information Act.

TIMELINE

Responding to pleas moved by activists Subhash Chandra Aggarwal and Anil Bairwal of the Association of Democratic Reforms, The Central Information Commission (CIC), in June this year, ruled that political parties come within the ambit of the Right to Information Act.
The act is eight years old now. It seems there there are efforts to curb the law. The simple reason to protect the political parties.

Front SHELF

My personal opinion, and I stress it's a personal view... is that RTI should be embraced by political parties.
Shashi Tharoor
The CIC order was categorically rejected by the Congress party, terming it as "adventurist".
According to a report by The Indian Express, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is learnt to be in favour of "partially" bringing political parties under the ambit of the RTI Act:
Sources said that while the government was keen to push the RTI (Amendment) Bill through in the last session of Parliament to nullify the CIC's order, it was Gandhi who had forced the government to refer it to the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
While inaugurating a two-day national seminar on Right to Information - The Way Forward, in Thiruvananthapuram, Minister of state for human resource development Shashi Tharoor said:
"About the current controversy, whether RTI should be extended to political parties, my personal opinion, and I stress it's a personal view... is that RTI should be embraced by political parties."
- Shashi Tharoor MoS HRD
Meanwhile, here is another report which may not be relevant but important.
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has declined to share details of the meetings the lobbyists of US-based retail giant Walmart had with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other officials, citing exemption clause under the RTI Act.

BOTTOMLINE

“The people of India must know the source of expenditure incurred by political parties and by the candidates in the process of election,” said the CIC in its ruling.

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