RTI : Minister not covered

In news:
  • The Delhi High Court has set aside the Central Information Commission order declaring Ministers as “public authorities” and answerable under the Right to Information law.
  • The High Court’s order came on the Centre’s appeal against the CIC order.
  • 2014: An application filed by a Maharashtra resident who wanted to know how to get an appointment with the Union Law Minister.
  • In November 2014, the man moved an application before Additional Private Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice, seeking to know the time period of the Minister or Minister of State meeting the public.
  • As the information sought was not received, the matter reached the CIC. Here the Commission went on to frame the questions whether the Minister or his office was a “public authority” under the RTI Act.
  • It gave the Cabinet Secretary at the Centre and Chief Secretaries in the States two months to appoint public information officers for each Minister’s office.
  • Also, the CIC said each Minister should get a website of his/her own where information can be disclosed.

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