Indian state seems to miss point of FOI/RTI

The whole purpose of freedom of information/right to information laws is to make government more transparent and less corrupt. So I hope some one can explain the thinking behind the government of the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet voted July 31 to exclude Lokayukta, the anti-corruption agency, from the scope of the state’s Right to Information Act, according to a report from FOI/RTI watchdog freedominfo.org.

According to the Indian newspaper OUTLOOK:

The government believes that since The government believes that since Lokayukta is an investigating agency there is need to keep its secrecy intact, official sources said.

Any disclosure of on-going investigations could prove detrimental, they said adding the Lokayukta also has judicial powers.is an investigating agency there is need to keep its secrecy intact, official sources said.

Any disclosure of on-going investigations could prove detrimental, they said adding the Lokayukta also has judicial powers.

Freedom of information advocates in India say the move by the UP government not only violates the Indian RTI laws but also the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, which India signed last year.

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One response to “Indian state seems to miss point of FOI/RTI

  1. The Central Vigilance Commission was set up by the Government of India in February,1964 on the recommendations of the Committee on Prevention of Corruption, headed by Shri K. Santhanam, to advise and guide Central Government agencies in the field of vigilance. This is the main body for looking up and down on the complaints filed for corruption in any of the central government ministries in India. (Url-http://cvc.nic.in)
    The news that you have referred, is for UP, where a democratically elected legislative assembly has decided to exclude one department (Lokayukta) from the RTI act.

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