Can copy of rate analysis of tenders be given under RTI?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Andaman and Nicobar Administration seeking copies of the tenders given for thermo plastic paints on roads and speed breakers. He also wanted the related NIT and rate analyses for these tenders. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided the copies of the NIT but refused to give the remaining information under section 8(1)(d) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen, information including commercial confidence, trade secrets or intellectual property, the disclosure of which would harm the competitive position of a third party, unless the competent authority is satisfied that larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information; of the RTI Act.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the PIO to provide the copies of the orders by which work was awarded to various contractors for the thermo plastic paints on roads and speed breakers. The Commission also directed the PIO to provide the duly attested photocopies of the rate analysis approved in the case of each of these tenders.
Citation: Mr. Suraj Kumar Vaidya v. Andaman and Nicobar Administration in File No. CIC/SM/A/2012/001893
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1177
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