Sunday, June 11, 2017

‘Make ID proof mandatory with RTI pleas’.

Bureaucracy Today: New Delhi: Sunday, June 11, 2017.
Since misuse of filing RTI petitions in name of others has become quite common, copy of Identity proof bearing signature of petitioner should be made compulsory to be attached with every RTI application, opines noted RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal.
“It is also otherwise necessary because RTI Act does not permit those ex-Indians who later took nationality of some other country. Public-authorities can never-never identify such ex-Indians because their names remain looking like of ordinary Indian citizens. System will prevent filing abusive RTI petitions where mailing envelopes containing RTI-responses are returned back by postal-department with remark that – No such person or address exists,” he says. 
He further elaborates, “It is senseless to argue that such a system will disclose identity of RTI petitioner, because it is already disclosed through name and address of RTI petitioner given on RTI petitioners. Only thing is verification of identity through such requirement of ID-proof enclosure. Those wishing to hide their identity can file RTI petitions through Post Box opened in some post-office.”