Thursday, December 31, 2009

Documents on Rs 550 crore Balco disinvestment 'cannot be traced'

Tender documents and minutes pertaining to the Rs 551.5-crore divestment of Bharat Aluminium Company (Balco) in Chhattisgarh's Korba district eight years ago cannot be traced by the ministries concerned, according to a response to an Right to Information (RTI) application, seeking details of the same. In its order on an RTI query filed by advocate Arjun Harkauli on the issue, the Central Information Commission (CIC) observed, "In response to the request for information relating to disinvestment of government's 51 per cent stake BALCO, the Chief Public Information Officers of the respondents have stated that they have made attempts to search and trace the desired documents but to no avail." In its reply, the government of India has nowhere stated that the documents have been destroyed or that it cannot be supplied due to any bar under Section 8 of the Right to Information Act, 2005.
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