Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Using `third party' clause BrihanMumbai MC refuses to disclose McKinsey's report

If the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissions a high-profile international consultant to work out a report outlining internal reforms and a five-year vision for the 1.1 lakh-strong BMC, then isn't the citizen entitled to see what comes of it?

Apparently not, the Right to Information (RTI) Act notwithstanding. Invoking RTI on February 17, businessman Rajkumar Sharma asked the BMC for the report drawn up by McKinsey which had been commissioned and given a year-long brief in November 2004 for a price of Rs 10 crore. However, when it came to telling citizens what the consultant suggested in the report, the BMC—it has already paid Rs 8.5 crore to McKinsey—isn't playing ball.

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