Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Elected representatives not ' public authorities' under RTI

In India, unlike in the US, an elected representative is not liable to answer queries on personal matters under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. So queries such as that of Dr Awadesh Mishra, an RTI applicant, asking how many NGOs Rahul Gandhi had recommended to departments and ministries for participation in their schemes, go unanswered. A recent order issued by the Central Information Commission (CIC) has given elected representatives a loophole to slip through the RTI Act. They can now
state they are not " public authorities" who can be directly queried under the Act.

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