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CIC vs parties
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S_S_Kumar Satyananda Mishra, CIC, pointed out that political parties affected people's lives.

The Central Information Commission decides that political parties are public authorities under the Right to Information Act and directs them to designate information officers and appellate authorities as required under the Act. BY V. VENKATESAN in New Delhi

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It will benefit for democracy.
It will expose pressure group those who has finance to political party
from:  Rahul
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 19:05 IST
It is not the funding pattern only which need to be transparent, but
most importantly it is the working of a political party which needs to
be transparent. In this regard call is to be taken by CEC and not CIC.
Ensuring proper party constitution and democratic working within a
party, as per party constitution, is the need of the time and will go a
long way in strengthening democracy and removing family legacy from
politics. We should all welcome the CIC order as this is a solid step in
the direction of ensuring democratic working of a political party.
from:  Subhash Kumar
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013 at 15:41 IST
Why should parties be scared an RTI query? Further, it is wrong to say
that since the political parties are required to submit Income Tax
returns, they need not be brought under the purview of the RTI Act.
The AICC General Secretary (who was speaking on behalf of the Congress
party), JDU and CPM spokespersons are actually scared of the fact that
CIC may ask them to disclose, among other things, their expenditure.
In a recent court case involving a former chief minister of
Maharashtra, the UPA government had actually made its intentions clear
by saying that the Election Commission has no right to verify whether
the account of election expenses submitted by a candidate is correct.
If political parties do not wish to subject themselves to some
scrutiny, how can they expect the people’s representatives to subject
themselves to public scrutiny?
from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Jun 19, 2013 at 19:03 IST
Tranparency in financial matters is a must. A big donation to a party should not influence the policies of the governement in allotting natural resources or other administrative decisions.Misappropriation by persons in key positions in the party should also be guarded against. Breach of contract by any corporate body or individual with the government should also treated according to the terms contract or rule of law.
from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Jun 19, 2013 at 16:15 IST
Despite its negative effects whatsoever is anticipated,
this decision is conducive of good governance. Democracy
demands such legislation that are beneficial for the
people at large.
from:  lalboi simte
Posted on: Jun 18, 2013 at 22:46 IST
The recent decision of the CIC which states that the political parties
comes under the RTI Act 2005, because they receives pubic fund and comes
under the definition of public authority, seems very affirmative and effective which would ensure
transparency and accountability in the governance system.
However it also has the potential which would create unstabilty and
Political parties use it against each other to create logjam.
So now it is the task of legislatures to how to deal with this new
affirmative decision.

from:  AFTAB
Posted on: Jun 14, 2013 at 00:59 IST
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