No Support Discovered for Indian PM’s Views on RTI

6 December 2012

The Times of India asked the office of the prime minister to disclose the basis for PM Manmohan Singh’s October criticisms of the Right to Information Act, but has been told there are no such records, according to an article in the Times.

Singh expressed concern over frivolous and vexatious RTI applications, infringement of personal privacy and bringing public private partnerships under the act. (See previous report.)

 His speech was much criticized by RTI supporters. (See previous report.)

The Times made an RTI request for the documents on the basis of which Singh’s “concerns” were raised. The prime minister’s office said no such records were available, the paper reported. “No such information is available on the records held by this office,” the reply said.

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