New Delhi: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has asked the Centre to drop its plan to dilute the Right To Information Act (RTI). The formal announcement is likely to be made in Thursday's Cabinet meeting.

The move to draft the amendments had begun six years ago and included, among others, preventing disclosure of public noting on files by officials under the transparency law. If the government withdraws the proposed plans, all file noting can be accessed through the RTI (except those that fall under national security, privacy and protection of commercial interests).

Earlier this month, the Prime Minister while addressing the annual convention of Information Commissioners, had expressed concern over ‘frivolous and vexatious use of the RTI Act’.

RTI activists and experts had opposed the proposed amendments.


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