Sunday, August 03, 2008
CIC allows inspection of file on RIL
Did the Department of Industry Policy & Promotion (DIPP) consider the recommendation made by the Department of Chemicals and Fertilizers while giving the nod to Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) for purchasing technology from Dow Chemical Company (DCC)? This will now become clear as the Central Information Commission (CIC) has ordered DIPP to allow petitioner Dharmesh Shah to inspect the file giving approval for installation of 'Unipol PP fluidized gas process technology' at RIL units in Hazira and Jamnagar, under Right to Information (RTI) Act. Shah had under RTI sought information on seven points pertaining to the proposals for foreign collaboration and approval given for installation of the Unipol PP technology at RIL units. Shah stated that as UC is a criminal absconder in the eyes of Indian courts, the details of the technology tie-up between DCC and RIL be made public. CIC found that while chemicals and fertilizers department had given this recommendation, it found no indication whether DIPP had taken this into account before giving approval. Therefore CIC agreed there was a overriding public interest in the issue, and allowed Shah to inspect the files regarding approval.
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