Amending RTI

IN Media Watch Briefs | 22/09/2013

The Rajya Sabha Secretariat has advertised in newspapers inviting comments on the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to keep political parties out of the ambit of the RTI Act and also nullify the June 2013 decision of the CIC which declared six national political parties as public authorities. But it invites comments only in Hindi or English. Should the language of submission be restricted when almost  half  the citizenry speaks neither Hindi nor English?

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