PM Modi On RTI: No Need For Secrecy In This Day And Age

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Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Days after PM Modi promised to declassify Netaj’s secret files, the BJP leader today asked government departments to keep in mind the three ‘T’s: timeliness, transparency and trouble-free approach, while replying to RTI applications, as that would help in reducing errors in governance.

Prime Minister said more openness in governance will help citizens, as there is no need for secrecy in this day and age.

“RTI replies should be timely, transparency and trouble-free. It will help in reducing possibilities of errors,” he said, addressing the 10th anniversary of Central Information Commission.

The function was boycotted by leading RTI activists, including Aruna Roy, after authorities restricted the invitations to some activists citing security reasons.

The 65-year-old former Gujarat Chief Minister said, right to information is not only about the right to know, but also the right to question, as this will increase faith in democracy.

“People should have a right to question the government. This is the foundation of democracy; this will increase faith in democracy. When matters go online, transparency increases automatically. Trust also increases,” he said.

The aim of the Right To Information (RTI) Act is to bring about a positive change in governance, PM said.

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