Uttarakhand gives intel tag to Vigilance, out of RTI purview

• The Uttarakhand government issued a notification to declare the state Vigilance Department as an “intelligence organisation”, which in effect will exclude it from the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

About:

• The government issued the notification stating that the Governor has given assent to declare “vigilance department” and “vigilance establishment” as “Intelligence Organisation.”

• By declaring Vigilance department and establishment as intelligence organisation, both are exempted from the RTI Act.

• The 2nd schedule of the RTI Act provides a list of 26 organisations that are exempted from providing information on grounds of being intelligence and security organisations.

Section 24 of the Act states:

• The Central government has the authority to amend the 2nd schedule from time to time, thereby adding, removing or substituting organisations present.

• The state government has a similar authority and is authorised to exempt an intelligence and security organisation by issuing a notification in the official gazette.

• It states that both the Centre and state governments are “required to present the said notification before their respective legislatures”.

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Mains Paper 2: Polity

Prelims level: Right to Information Act

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