Taking a stance of the recent order passed by the Central Information Commission to include National political parties under the ambit of RTI Act, the activists of Sangarsh RTI Movement Sd. Balvinder Singh (Convener) and Deepak Sharma today filed RTI application to three main State regional political parties of the state to make them also accountable under state RTI Act.
While hailing the decision of the Central Information Commission to bring National political parties under the RTI Act 2005, the activists Sd. Balvinder Singh and Deepak Sharma shared that since the J&K State has its own RTI Act and Information Commission , so the same order of Central Information Commission is not applicable for regional political parties of the state and the State Information Commission has no powers to act suo motto to declare these regional political parties as public authorities under State RTI Act unless any resident of the state approaches the commission in this regard .
The activists shared that they have filed RTI application to three main political parties of the state namely National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and J&K National Panthers Party and sought details which includes details of the donators who have given donation to these political parties during last 5 years , details of all the expenses incurred by these political parties for the last 5 years and details of benefits enjoyed by these regional political parties in terms of office accommodations and income tax exemption .
The activists urged that all the regional political parties to which the RTI applications has been filed, should divulge the asked information under the provisions of the State RTI Act as it will give a clear message to other National political parties that J&K State regional political parties stands together for the promotion of accountability and transparency and shows no compromise in this regard.
While appreciating the role of all these regional political parties for their contribution in the promotion of transparency in the state , especially to young and dynamic Chief Minister of the State Sh. Omar Abdullah , who is pioneer in bringing the State RTI Act in to a reality , the activists has hoped that without any prejudice all the regional political parties will welcome this move to bring them under the RTI Act ,as all these regional political parties have always remained in the forefront for the cause of RTI in the state. The activists also urged the regional political parties to suo motto disclose as much as information so that there is minimal resort to filing RTI.