Activist and citizens on Tuesday criticised the move to bring in an ordinance for the Maharashtra Right to Public Services (RTS) stating that there was no 'emergency' for it. The Bill though introduced in the budget session was not cleared in both houses. On Monday, governor Vidyasagar Rao signed an ordinance on RTS, paving the way for the state to implement it.
As per the Bill submitted in the state legislature, public authorities means government departments and authorities, corporations and local bodies, co-operative societies and anybody financed by the government – not just 'substantially' financed as in the case of RTI Act. Even non-governmental organisations receiving financial assistance from state government will also be covered.
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