Special Correspondent

NGOs have done a lot in spreading awareness about RTI

“RTI limits not tested yet”

NEW DELHI: Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah on Friday said the Information Commission was not on a collision course with the judiciary. It was interested only in enforcing the Right to Information (RTI) Act in letter and spirit.

At a “Meet the Press,” organised by the Press Association here, Mr. Habibullah said RTI was still evolving and its “limits were not yet tested.” Ruling out any suggestions for amendments in the RTI Act, he said both the Commission and the judiciary would come to a common goal for the people’s benefit.

He called upon the media to act as a partner of the commission in creating awareness about RTI and also preventing its misuse.

Admitting that under the RTI Act it was the duty of the government to popularise it, which had failed to come up to the expectations, he said that media should step in to fulfil its role as it would go a long way in changing people’s attitude towards “use and misuse” of RTI.

Non-governmental organisations have done a lot in spreading awareness about RTI.

Mr. Habibullah said the Commission was often faced with situations relating to intrusion upon one’s privacy as there were no laws on protecting a citizen’s right to privacy.

The Commission had to take guidance from laws relating to privacy from the U.K., which at times led to “some contradictions” in the rulings. “Laws relating to privacy are in fact sister laws of RTI and they should go hand in hand,” he added.