Political parties must come under the Right to Information Act, especially with regards to transparency, the source of income and pattern of expenditure during elections. They should be answerable to the people because they are deemed to be public authorities under the RTI Act; the state indirectly finances them by providing free air time on Doordarshan and All India Radio during elections.
However, the existing RTI Act should be amended and strengthened as it does not achieve the goal as specified by the Central Information Commission.
Owning to lack of proper implementation of the RTI Act, people are always suspicious about the source of income of political parties, especially during elections.
In order to make the RTI Act effective, an Income Tax Act needs to be framed also so that black money does not play a decisive role in election campaigns.
dilip kumar dutta,
11 june, midnapore