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Panel on Official Secrets Act to meet today

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A high-level committee formed by the Centre to look into the provisions of the Official Secrets Act in the light of the Right to Information Act will meet for the first time in North Block on Thursday, Home Ministry sources said on Wednesday. The committee, comprising Home Secretary L.C. Goyal, Law Secretary P.K. Malhotra and Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, Sanjay Kothari, was constituted in February, but notified only recently. The meeting will start the process to do away with excessive secrecy through amendments in the Official Secrets Act, a law enacted by the British in 1923, official sources said.

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