The details of the RTI request are as follows:
MMfD / RTI / 02 / 2018 / 54
Information and Public Relations Department
1. The amendments to the RTI Act originally proposed by the RTI Commission between 2014 and 2016.
2. The amendments to the RTI Act proposed by the RTI Commission after Chief Minister’s direction issued in January 2017.
31 Jan 2018
Date of Receipt:
8 Feb 2018
Response from Agency/Department
Date of Response:
14 Feb 2018
Text of Response:
“Information fall (sic) under Section 18 of the RTI Act, 2013, wherein any matter which is under deliberative process, cannot be disclosed. The same can however be shared after completion of the process.”
Complaint to Appellate Body
Complaint Filed (Y/N):
Date of Complaint:
The information department used Section 18 of the RTI law to deny the information request. Section 18 states that a public body may refuse information if its disclosure would cause “serious prejudice to the deliberative process in a public body by inhibiting the free and frank provision of advice or exchange of views, or cause serious prejudice to the success of a policy through premature disclosure of that policy.” We did not think the disclosure could cause serious issues in the policy formulation process because the cabinet had already approved the draft of amendments in January. We were about to go in appeal against the information non-provision but the government introduced the amendments to the assembly making them public so there was no need to get the information from the department anymore.
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