After judges, it’s now the turn of our babus to take a call on disclosing their assets under the Right to Information Act. The media has reported that top secretaries of the government plan to meet on November 3 to discuss the asset disclosure of civil servants and public employees. The meeting on November 3 of top secretaries of the government has been convened by the department of personnel and training, a ministry that hasn’t in the past supported the spirit of transparency embodied in the RTI Act. Sources say the ministries and departments whose opinion has been sought have been encouraged to come up with a negative view on the issue of declaration of assets. Points like “intimidation of civil servants by busybodies” and “mocking media analyses” might be over-emphasized at the meeting by bureaucrats in their comments. While it took a prolonged battle both inside and outside the precincts of courts and the CIC to get judges from the higher judiciary to agree to make their assets public, it remains to be seen what stand India’s all-powerful bureaucracy adopts. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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