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Govt proposes new RTI rule: Ask, but only in 250 words, on only one subject

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The government has proposed new rules that require a Right to Information (RTI) application to be restricted to 250 words and only one subject. There’s no word cap currently, and applicants can seek information on any number of subjects in a single application.


The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has uploaded a 10-page draft of the Right to Information Rules, 2010, on its website and has invited comments from the public by December 27, which is a procedural requirement before the rules can be enforced. Comments are invited to


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RTI rules to be more people-friendly

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On the other hand, thanks to the National Advisory Council, the rules under the Act are set to become more people-friendly - check this report in the ToI.

And, more importantly (going by the report ), the working group decided that all amendments to RTI rules must be based on extensive public consultations and where public objections or suggestions are ignored, the reasons must be made public. It also decided that the information commissions should have complete freedom to select its staff and allocate work and responsibility.

This is indeed a happy development.

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