June 28, 2022

Chidambaram criticizes NITI Aayog on rejecting RTI filed over farm laws

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Senior Congress Leader P Chidambaram on Sunday harshly criticized and slammed NITI Aayog as the government body rejected the Right to Information (RTI) filed by activist Anjali Bhardwaj to procure information pertaining to farm laws.

Chidambaram took to Twitter to express his deep criticism by quoting Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and termed the actions of the government as ‘curiouser and curiouser’ in a series of tweets.

He tweeted, “NITI Aayog’s Committee of Chief Minister’s on Agriculture concluded its deliberations in September 2019 and gave its report. After 16 months, the report has not yet been ‘presented’ to NITI Aayog’s governing council! Why, nobody knows and nobody will answer!.”

In another tweet, Chidamabaram wrote about the RTI rejection, saying, “Citing this as the reason, the RTI request of Ms Anjali Bhardwaj for a copy of the report has been rejected! Alice would have said ‘curioser and curiouser’. I salute Ms Anjali Bhardwaj for her tenacity and single-minded pursuit of information.”

Chidamabaram had slammed the Centre for its stand on the protesting farmers along the borders of New Delhi against the three controversial laws.

Earlier, in December, he tweeted, “Ministers have described the protesters against the Farm Laws as Khalistanis; Agents of Pakistan and China; Maoists; and, the latest, tukde tukde gang. If you exhaust all these categories, it means there are no farmers among the thousands of protesters. If there are no farmers, why is the government talking to them?”

But, Chidambaram had acknowledged the decision passed by Supreme Court in the matter and stated, “The concern expressed by the Supreme Court over the farmers’ protest is justified and the decision to form Committee to help find the solution is well-intentioned.’

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