Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pvt firms getting govt grant should come under RTI, says CIC panel

Citing "unchallenged" rulings by state information commissions (SIC), a sub-committee of the Central Information Commission (CIC) has suggested that private sector enterprises getting "substantial grants" from central or state governments should come under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. "Private sector enterprises receiving monetary aid from the government must be under the ambit of the Act. The onus to divulge information the grant should in such cases not just be on the government giving the grant but also on the private sector body receiving it, since it would be better equipped to inform citizens on how that grant or subsidy was utilised," CD Arha, convener of the sub-committee, constituted to explore ways to strengthen the "information regime", and chief information commissioner of Andhra Pradesh, said. He said this applied more to companies that had joint ventures with governments.

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