Monday, December 18, 2006

Babus give babus the blushes

The Central Information Commission is being flooded with RTI applications from former bureaucrats seeking potentially embarrassing information about other senior bureaucrats.

β€œAt least five applications of this nature come before us every day, asking much more appropriate and incisive questions than an ordinary citizen ever could,” an information commissioner told The Telegraph.

Take for instance, a recent application asking for details of the foreign trips of bureaucrats from the department of animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries. And voila β€” from Brussels to Brisbane, Copenhagen to Cairo, the money spent on official trips in the past three years all come spilling out.

The secretary, four joint secretaries and the commissioner of the department together ran up a whopping bill of over Rs 37 lakh in 2003 for foreign visits.

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