BJP exposed for duplicity RTI being sabotaged in J&K: Harsh

Expressing grave concern over the fast collapsing RTI Institutions in the state, Harsh Dev Singh chairman JKNPP and Former Minister has blamed the BJP-PDP for making the said progressive piece of legislation in the state almost defunct. He said that out of the three members of state Information Commission (SIC) two including CIC had retired months back and the lone Information Commissioner was due to retire within a month or so but the government had failed to initiate any process for reconstitution of the said SIC. He regretted that repeated calls from the civil Society, RTI activists and journalists for appointment of information Commissioners and for strengthening the RTI mechanism, the state government had failed to initiate any action thus allowing the RTI enactment to die its own death.
Ridiculing the tall claims of the government of good governance, transparency and accountability, he observed that the single most powerful legislation on transparency was being sabotaged by the government itself. He said that not only had the government turned a blind eye to the structural shortcomings in the Act and its implementation but had also allowed vested interests and regressive forces to defeat the path and purpose of the most potent law against corruption. He said that the enactment of the RTI Act had generated a lot of hope amongst the common masses especially the disadvantaged sections and aggrieved citizens. He said that there were widespread expectations that traditional electoral democracy would be transformed into participative democracy.

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