Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Babus' assets can now be disclosed through RTI

Corrupt babus, beware. The Central Information Commission (CIC) has just held that citizens have a right to know everything there is about the assets bureaucrats own, the expenses they incur, and their lifestyles. Those who seem to be living beyond their means will have a tough time explaining it. In two recent orders, information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi held that government servants will have to disclose a lot of financial information to citizens under the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005. Information relating to a government officer's assets and liabilities — at the time of joining the service, before it and at any point of time during service — his accommodation, use of official vehicles for private purposes, monthly salary, and even the amount of fees spent on children will have to be disclosed.

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