The Citizen Voluntary Initiative for the City (Civic), in association with IT for Change, KriaKatte and Swami VivekanandaYouth Movement, will organize a protest on August 15 against the central government’s decision to amend the RTI Act, exempting political parties from its purview.
“Amending the Act and exempting parties is like curbing our freedom and right to information. To oppose the government’s decision, we’ll organize a protest in front of Town Hall on August 15,” said Kathyayini Chamraj, executive trustee, Civic.
Since political parties are beneficiaries of substantial funding by the government, the Central Information Committee ruled that they should come under RTI. “We want the Act to be left as it is. Let the CIC rule stand. It’s a step towards ensuring political transparency. Lack of it causes all corruption. Parties should disclose all sources of funding,” said Kathyayini.