New Delhi: The Right to Information Act (RTI) has put the Congress-led government in a tight spot. In the backdrop of the controversial note of Finance Ministry regarding 2G revealed under the RTI provision, the Congress is unable to support Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerappa Moily’s advocacy to amend the Act.

Patting its back for bringing the RTI Act, the Congress is in a catch-22 situation. This wind of change in thinking of ministers came after the 2G note was revealed in a RTI response that had fissure between Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

It should be noted that the government was in favour of shielding the exchange of notes at the ministerial and secretariat level and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh even had initiated action on it. But, in a bid to gain praises for the Act, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi stopped them from doing so.

Now, after UPA again came to power, the government is under attack after string of RTI revelations of corruption practices.

Khurshid and Moily are now eyeing re-look on making files and notes in PMO public, which is affecting the smooth functioning of the system. But, the Congress is not able to speak much on the issue.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said there is no doubt that RTI is a powerful tool but arguments are on its use and misuses.

“Many political circles are worried that this will affect good governance and a decision will be taken after deliberations,” he added.

JPN/Bureau