Thursday, December 25, 2008

Assets on Web: RTI officers say 'NO'

Information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi's move to put his asset details in the public domain hasn't found favour with his colleagues. In an apparent rejection of Gandhi's proposal, the Central Information Commissioner has decided not to put his asset statement on the commission's website, for now. Gandhi had in November submitted details of his assets, worth Rs 5.4 crore, to the Central Information Commissioner and had asked it be put on the commission's website. "I've requested CIC Wajahat Habibullah to post the list of assets of all information commissioners on the website," Gandhi had told HT. The Central Information Commission, where majority of members are retired bureaucrats, however, opted for a longer route to decide the matter. "We've to take into account the procedure for submission of declaration of property by other such commissions before taking a final decision," Habibullah told HT.

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