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NRIs can file RTI applications now, government changes stand

Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) can file RTI applications to seek governance-related information, the government has said, correcting its earlier stand. In response to a query in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh had on August 8, 2018, said NRIs were not eligible to file applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

The ministry corrected its stand after an activist, Commodore (retired) Lokesh Batra, wrote to it pointing out that the transparency act allows every Indian to seek information. The ministry in its previous response had said, “Only citizens of India have the right to seek information under the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005. Non-Resident Indians are not eligible to file RTI applications.” The corrected response has been uploaded on the Lok Sabha website.

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