Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tender proceedings should be open to all: CIC

In an unusual order, the central information commission has agreed that minutes of tender committee meetings should "ideally" be made public, but left it to the government department concerned to take a call on it. "The minutes of the tender committee should ideally be put in public domain, so as to enable the citizens to observe and scrutinise the decision making process in the matter of award of tenders," Information Commissioner M M Ansari said in a ruling. He said the respondent (East Central Railways) has just mentioned that the minutes are confidential, but did not give reasons for the same and termed it as "unacceptable".

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