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Govt seeks to amend Right to Information act, proposes increase in RTI application fee

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 03 April 2017, 01:08 PM
Right to Information Act
Right to Information Act

The Union government on Monday seeks to amend Right to Information act which includes an increase in RTI application fee and limiting the application to 500 words.

The government has made a draft of an amended Right to Information Act, PTI reported on Monday. The Department of Personnel and Training has put out a notice on its website seeking suggestions from the public by April 15.

According to the amendments, an applicant can now file complaints within 135 days of filing the RTI application, the agency reported. The government has also decided to give power to the Central Information Commission to convert a complaint into second appeal. At present, Section 18 of the RTI Act provides for complaint while Section 19 of the RTI Act provides mechanism of second appeal.

The Centre will also allow the Commission to decide whether an appeal or a complaint can be withdrawn upon request from the applicant, though such withdrawals will not be allowed once the matter has been decided.

Also Read: Right to Information Act 2012 to be replaced: Modi Govt invites public opinion on draft rules 

First Published: Monday, April 03, 2017 01:03 PM

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