Critics Fault Guidelines for Proactive Disclosure in India

10 May 2013

The Indian government’s recent guidelines on proactive disclosure are diluted, right to information activists said May 7.

 Members of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) including Anjali Bhardwaj, Nikhil Dey and Venkatesh Nayak said that the government had overlooked other recommendations from the government-sponsored task force that studied the issue.

Not included were a requirement for public consultation before clearing legislation, proactively disclosing “sensitive” positions to ensure that officers who were of doubtful integrity were not posted there and ensuring dissemination of information was done through public notices and other means, not just internet, according to an article in The Times of India.

The guidelines were announced in April. (See previous report.)

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