Saturday, August 02, 2008

CIC seeks MPs view on accountability

The Central Information Commission is seeking to find out the views of the members of Parliament and legislature on whether they can be made accountable to the general public by bringing them within the ambit of public authority under the Right to Information Act. The Central Information Commission has to decide on the issue and has sought the response of the Lok Sabha secretariat. Chief information commissioner
Wajahat Habibullah has said that a public notice would soon be issued so that all members of Parliament and state Assemblies may express their opinion to the commission before any decision is taken on the matter. "Before we take a decision in this regard, it is important that the interested parties in the present complaint are given an opportunity to be heard as to whether they can be considered as a public authority(under the RTI Act)," he said, adding that "the question before us is whether an individual can constitute an authority in himself, which can be termed as a public authority". The commission order came on a bunch of appeals filed against Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi and Delhi BJP MLA Saheb Singh Chouhan for allegedly not disclosing information under the Act.

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