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Why Political Parties Should Come Under Ambit of RTI Act? Despite it being a kind act of Central Information Commission (CIC) that would bring political parties within the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, most of the national parties are reluctant to welcome it kindly. Constitutionally, the entire information about the political parties is found to be accessible to the government but under different departments, and not the public. With this Act, the political parties would be themselves responsible for giving the information to the people of India. This order will keep the parties to be answerable to the citizens if they wish to know about the source of funding of the party, how they spend funds and choice of candidates for elections, among other issues. It is a 'must have' subject matter to understand that under the RTI Act, the parties were public authorities and answerable to citizens and the parties such as Nationalist Congress Party, CPI(M), CPI and the Bahujan Samaj Party have, through some indirect means, been funded substantially by the Central government, and they had the character of a public authority under the RTI Act as they performed public functions, therefore, they are held to be the public authorities under Section 2(h) of the RTI Act. However, this order came after activists Subhash Chandra Aggarwal and Anil Bairwal of the Association of Democratic Reforms approached the CIC, making requests that the political parties should be declared as public authorities. Further they are believed to ask that the six political parties should make available details of intentional financial contributions along with the donors’ names and addresses, from which these parties received funds. From the democratic point of view, it is the fundamental right of the citizens of India to know the source of expenditure incurred by political parties and by the candidates in the process of election. Overall, the order if implemented would benefit people who elect their leader.

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