Govt: Keep census data out of RTI

The Union home ministry has suggested that the data obtained in the coming Census 2011 needs to be kept out of the ambit of the Right to Information Act. The Registrar-General of India (RGI), the body under the home ministry entrusted with the task of generating data on population statistics, has said that the "confidentiality" guar anteed to the informants by the Census Act in respect of census information has been "partly eroded" after the enactment of the RTI Act of 2005. "This position will need to be restored in the interest of quality of census data," it has said.