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Political parties under RTI

edited June 2013 in Current Affairs
Should political parties be under RTI??? Could think only pros need help with the cons
Pro
1. Ensuring accountability in realtime and not in the traditional way after 5 years. Also in case if the candidate for whom i have casted vote has lost, as a party member what has been his role in these five years would be known.
2. Would help understand whether political partied are democratic in their internal matters.
3. Would also help expose the neta-babu-lala nexus. If any
4. The parties grass root workers can have better acess to information at the high level hence ensure his progress
5. Parties could take this as opportunity to prove themselves as corruption free and democratic org.
6. Would help in better excercise of votes by voters if info is made available about the particular contesting candidates
7. Would give a better understanding about party system, its provisions of whip and motions....hence provide an outlook for party whether it is right/left/ greens etc which is lacking in indian political system

cons
It would add up to the burden of the party
It would be misused by opposition party to bring internal feuds to public forums.
Initially parties were kept out of the rti act inspite of recieving a considerable funding out of tax payers money

need to make this list more exhaustive

Comments

  • cons
    - The decision taken by CIC takes a very liberal view of the law and might be unconstitutional, by the logic used, even private entrepreneurs can come under RTI because they have been given some subsidies on land/utilities hence can be called government-funded. RTI should only be restricted to government organisations, otherwise they start to infringe on privacy.
    - The funding received and other pertinent information is already provided to the Election Commission and the public is free to access that information through the EC. Various accountability measures are already employed by the EC over the political parties.
    - This decision is putting undue financial/manpower pressure on the political parties because they might now be flooded with RTI requests and will have to hire a large staff to reply to it in a timely manner.
    - To demand access to the internal deliberations of the party will constitute a serious infringement of the inner-party functioning, confidentiality of discussions and undermine the political party system itself.

    Its difficult to come up with cons for a great decision like this.
  • I think there would be persons who would wish to settle personal scores by filing and there could be frivolous ones too. Administrators[IAS in particular] could be having more advantage .
    Its not possible to root out corruption 100% , so the same way transparency cant be acquired 100 % .
    2017--> 8th attempt
  • The view that anybody getting subsidies must be under rti is a progressinve
  • edited June 2013
    The view that anybody getting subsidies must be under rti is a progressinve
    Of course it is, but for the purposes of a UPSC essay it can be counted as a con. We just need to make our couple of lines of argument in favour of it, sound believable.
  • Yeah very true... an addition is that bureacracy works on rules and statutes but political parties apart from abiding rules and statutes work using strategies and what in hindi called as "kutniti".
  • cons
    - The funding received and other pertinent information is already provided to the Election Commission and the public is free to access that information through the EC. Various accountability measures are already employed by the EC over the political parties.
    .
    as per Section 29B and 29C of RoPA,1951 only a statement of all donations > Rs 20k is to be submitted to EC
    Donations for amounts less than 20k is thru sale of coupons for which no record is kept but it accounts for a major share of electoral funding for all parties. Successive governments have been lukewarm to EC's recommendations to amend Sec 29 to include all donations without fixing any monetary limit.

    So another positive will be transparency in electoral funding since political parties will have to maintain all records.


    ~ APFC 2015
  • @gdogra if for <20,000 no record is kept then in this case rti would not be of any help as RTI can only ask for already available or recorded information.
  • @Jeff ... the sale of coupons if not recorded.. then there must be some other thing related to it.. say logbooks, papers, samples, data material in any form...

    "Information means any material in any form... "
    The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
  • @sahilth http://archive.deccanherald.com/Deccanherald/feb152004/s6.asp
    this article describes a coupon and no where names of contributor is mentioned and hence these are like college fest coupons.
    Hence the source of money in such case cannot be known.
    Apart from the coupons there are voluntary donations/contributions these are also non traceable as per articles in news
  • @gdogra if for <20,000 no record is kept then in this case rti would not be of any help as RTI can only ask for already available or recorded information.</p>
    You are right I stretched it too far...
    But I think this can be challenged on grounds of what constitutes information.

    ~ APFC 2015
  • @jeff
    Section 4 of RTI says :

    Obligations of public authorities - every public authority shall
    Maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensure that. all records that are appropriate to be computerised are, within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources, computerised and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated;

    If there has to be any exemption it has to be explicitly stated under section 8 of the act itself.
    Anyways govt can always amend the act and free itself from any such obligation. But that entails adverse publicity :-?
    ~ APFC 2015
  • @gdogra section 4 says of maintaing the records available in easily accessible formats but it cannot ask the authorities to catalogue something which is not ordinarily recorded.
  • yesterday's air discussion was good. http://www.newsonair.com/main-audio-new-player.asp?id=9938 3.3mb only
    philosophy | 2013 - first attempt || Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn
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