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Rajnath Singh slams PM over his remarks on RTI Act

October 15, 2011 - General News

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Saturday criticized the Prime Minister over his recent remarks on the Right to Information (RTI) Act, and mockingly said that Dr. Manmohan Singh had become afraid facing corruption charges against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government.

"It seems that Prime Minister is afraid of all the corruption scams that have come to light with the help of Right to Information act. Presently, the Congress-led UPA government is passing through a phase of depression, is under depression," he said.

Rajnath Singh further said the Bharatiya Janata Party would protest in the Parliament, if the government tries to dilute the act.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, had on Friday called for a relook at the law to address issues of motivated demands for information and those that could affect policy-making processes.

Addressing the 6th Annual Convention of Information Commissioners in New Delhi, Dr. Singh said: "We must take a critical look at it. There are concerns that need to be discussed and addressed honestly. I had mentioned last time the need to strike a balance between the need for disclosure of information and the limited time and resources available with the public authorities."

"A situation in which a public authority is flooded with requests for information having no bearing on public interest is something not desirable. We must, therefore, pool all our wisdom, our knowledge, and our experience to come to a conclusion on how to deal with vexatious demands for information, without at the same time hindering the flow of information to those whose demands genuinely serve public interest," he added.

Further criticizing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati; Rajnath Singh alleged that she has squandered public money, which could have been used for the upliftment of Dalits and people living below poverty line in Uttar Pradesh.

"It seems that Mayawati is not aware of the fact that construction of huge parks will not provide relief to the 8 crore people who are living below poverty line in Uttar Pradesh, it will not provide them with food. If these 650 crore rupees would have been allocated for the special component plan, it could have led to the upliftment of Dalits," said Singh.

Mayawati had on Friday inaugurated her dream park dedicated to the Dalit cause in the satellite town of Noida adjoining the national capital.

She inaugurated a 36-acre park, which houses memorials of Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram besides statues of herself and of 20 elephants, the BSP symbol each costing Rs 70 lakh.

The Chief Minister, however, after the inauguration silencing all her critics said that the money spent on the park came from donations and only "one percent" of funds from the State Government were used.


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