Bihar Human Rights Commission issues notice to Nitish Government

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Patna, May 7 (ANI): The Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) has issued notice to the Nitish Kumar led Government on an issue related to amending the rules of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

The BHRC has asked the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) Principal Secretary to appear before it on May 18.

A division bench of the Commission, comprising its chairman Justice S N Jha and Justice Rajendra Prasad sent the notice on Thursday after it prima facie found the second provision to Rule 3 (2) (ii) of the Bihar Right to Information Rules 2006.

The Bihar State RTI Act was amended by a notification on November 19, 2009.

The Act was in conflict with the corresponding provision of the Centre's RTI Act.

As per the amendment in the Bihar Right to Information Rules, information can be supplied to persons belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) free of cost up to ten pages and for additional pages fee was payable as per rules.

There is no ceiling on the number of pages in the RTI Act. (ANI)

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