The Government of India has introduced a major amendment to the rules of the Right To Information Act: RTI queries hereafter will be permissible only when filed through the popular micro-blogging website Twitter. The move comes just after the government set a word limit of 500 words per RTI application.
According to the new rule, RTI queries will permit a maximum of 140 characters, including the Twitter handle mention ‘@GOI_RTI’ and the hashtag ‘#RTIQuery’. Also, only one tweet will be permissible for every RTI query. “The 500-word limit is for the content on any webpage that might be included as a hyperlink in the #RTIQuery tweet,” clarified Satyanand Mishra, Chief Information Commissioner of the Central Information Commission (CIC).
The amendment is currently undergoing a trial run, as part of which the CIC has been responding to queries by various tweeters to the best of its ability. Some of CIC’s replies compiled by our UnReal Times reporter are as follows:
@aishwarya_parashar: @GOI_RTI Whos d national shame of India? #RTIQuery
@GOI_RTI: @aishwarya_parashar Excellent question! As per the Congress party, the national shame of India is Narendra Modi.
@Swamy39: @GOI_RTI I need the details of Sonia Gandhi’s foreign expenses this year #RTIQuery
@GOI_RTI: @Swamy39 Query not permissible. You’re blocked.
@ashwinskumar: @GOI_RTI Cud u explain wt dis means – https://twitter.com/DeepakChopra/status/227355865055907840 #RTIQuery
@GOI_RTI: @ashwinskumar Sorry, language not decipherable by human beings.
@Vinod_Kambli: @GOI_RTI I need the details of @sachin_rt‘s expenses for his new house #RTIQuery
@GOI_RTI: @Vinod_Kambli As per @sachin_rt‘s request, your query has been filtered and you’ve been blocked.
@Sunny_Leone: @GOI_RTI How many clothes does @iPoonamPandey wear? #RTIQuery
@GOI_RTI: @Sunny_Leone Huge fan of yours, madam! :) You rocked in #Jism2. The answer to your question is – none.
@Mumbaikar: @GOI_RTI What is Jackie Shroff’s view on the NASA space expedition scheduled for 2014? #RTIQuery
@GOI_RTI: @Mumbaikar Jackie Shroff, when asked about NASA’s 2014 expedition, had this to say – Maushi Chi G**nd.
@Chetan_Bhagat: @GOI_RTI How often do I trend on Twitter? #RTIQuery
@GOI_RTI: @Chetan_Bhagat Sigh! Once in every four days!
@iPoonamPandey: @GOI_RTI Do you think I should strip for a national cause? #RTIQuery
@GOI_RTI: @iPoonamPandey Definitely. We all must work together towards greater transparency in public life
@Arnab_Goswami: @GOI_RTI Who is India’s greatest consumer of Old Monk, Mr. Commissioner? The nation wants to know, Mr.Commissioner! #RTIQuery
@GOI_RTI: @Arnab_Goswami India’s greatest consumer of Old Monk is @sardesairajdeep
@sagarikaghose: @GOI_RTI What does “orange” in the Indian national flag symbolize?
@GOI_RTI: @sagarikaghose Your unbelievable stupidity!
However, there was one tweet from the CIC, that has puzzled all its followers and has raised concerns about its security.
@GOI_RTI: Hi tweeple! This is Madhura Honey! Hope you’re all doing good!