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-To repeal OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT

1 .0 PROPOSAL- To repeal OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT 2.0 REASON- This act is used to embed corruption in departments dealing .....




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04-20-2011
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: Ghaziabad,UP
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-To repeal OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT


1 .0 PROPOSAL- To repeal OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT
2.0 REASON- This act is used to embed corruption in departments dealing sensitive activities
3.0 BACKGROUND:- There are two types of corruptions
A. - one is visible like asking for monetary consideration by the personnel in the government establishment to get a work done or getting the case processed acceleratedly.Examples are (i)getting NOC from municipal bodies for construction/modification of a building
(ii) Getting permit of any controlled activity within time
etc.
The works are within common regular activities of the corresponding government departments
B. – Theother type is procurement of items from foreign vendors by various units of defence ministry,which are beyond public scrutiny.Using the firewalls of OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT,security neither there is any judicial assessment of the needs for the items nor cost benefit evaluation of the items after procurement in public domain.The multiplicity of various agents for the foreign vendors for promotion of their hardware, which are manned by senior level ex servicemen need to be looked into
In recent times, even PSUs are being involved as a conduit for these foreign vendors as our HAL for the fighter aircraft deal for air force etc.under a gullible clause of 30% indigenization
4.0 GOAL:- How the corruption in sensitive department as in para 3.0B can be controlled.If the british
enacted OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT is repealed everything from generation of requirements,selection of vendors,finalization of vendor would come in public domain.There will be public debate and chances of corrupt agreement will get reduced.
5.0 ISSUES IN IMPLEMENTATION:-
It is agreed that the above is a very very sensitive issue.While the government will resist the suggestion tooth and nail, the present process of generating QR, RFP,compliances to RFP etc are not possible to inhibit corruption.Selected groups of individuals benefit financially at the cost our nation.
I appeal the institution of LOKPAL should look into ways how to control corruption as in para 3.0B

5.0 REMARKS
Lastly as a reason for repealing OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT , I feel to bring to the notice of all people aware of the power of technological advancement in this time. It is not possible to keep any information secret if it is of any significance to interested people.Hackers are assuming vey powerful positions using technologies unheard of. The only wayto counter this is openness and repeal of OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT, so that the real need can be discussed across all sections of people and …

Let us assume that most of us are not rational and dishonest on some aspects at some point of
time; so truly honest people are never to be found. The law or policy should be such that all such decisions taken by persons in authority can be scrutinized by citizens. This will keep the system under check when public involvement is there.

It is to be clear in our mind that goal can only be an effort to control corruption for
individual financial gain. The goal of the Jan Lokpal can only make such an objective as goal. Rather it is to inhibit corporate subterfuge that corrupts the political system, not the other way.
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  #2  
04-25-2011
Junior Member
 
: Apr 2011
: Ghaziabad,UP
: 66
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: 3 | 0.00 Per Day

Like the way RTI has done to us, dismantling the official secrets act would slowly lead to a transparent political system in the long run.I understan the office of LOKPAL should look into the ways to implement it.Transparency will automatically bring all high level people like PM,Judges etc to the oobservation of common people
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