​Amendment Regarding Right to Information Recommended on the Draft Constitution

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20 July, 2018 -

The National Coalition on RTI has submitted the amendments to be made in the provisions of Right to Information in the Draft Constituent. On behalf of the coalition, Mr. Taranath Dahal, Chairperson of Freedom Forum handed over such recommendations to the Speaker of the Constituent Assembly Subash Chandra Nembang. The National Coalition on RTI consists up of a total of 72 different CSOs committed towards promoting RTI. 

Upon the call for public amendment proposal by the Constituent Assembly over the Preliminary Draft of the Constitution, series of discussion took place among the personnel and organizations of the coalition and following comments and recommendations over the provisions involving RTI were finalized. 

Recommendation on Article 32: Right to Information (Fundamental Right): Every person shall have the right to demand, obtain and impart information on any matters of concern to himself or herself or to the public. 

Provided that nothing in this Article shall be deemed to compel any person to provide information on any matter about which confidentiality is to be maintained according to Right to Information laws of the nation.

In the Draft Constitution it was:
Article 32: Every citizen shall have the right to demand or obtain information on any matters of concern to himself or herself or to the public. 
Provided that nothing in this Article shall be deemed to compel any person to provide information on any matter about which confidentiality is to be maintained according to law.

Similarly, recommendation over the Directive Principles of the State (Article 54(1)) of the Draft consists of the incorporation of the terminology “Open, Transparent and Accountable”