GOs marked confidential revealed to a RTI applicant
An application was filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to get copy of Government Orders (GOs) concerning the details of the police budget regarding the COP-11 held in Hyderabad from October 1 to 19 in 2012. The department’s website had tagged these GOs under ‘confidential’.
However, the GOs, numbered 770 (dated 25/3/2013) and 1523 (dated 27/8/2013 and 13/9/2011), though marked ‘confidential’ on the website, were provided to the applicant in the RTI reply. The GO numbered 1523 shows that an additional amount of Rs. 54.13 crore was sought from the state government for bandobast during the Convention of Parties (COP)-11. Rs. 48.50 crore was accorded administrative sanction to the DGP out of which Rs. 23.16 crore was spent by the DGP, Rs. 16.62 crore by the Cyberabad police commissioner and Rs. 8.71 crore by the additional DGP (Intelligence).
Another GO showed that the home department sought Rs. 4.28 crore to complete the work of police staff quarters started in 2008-09 in Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad-II and Warangal divisions. However, against an estimated cost of Rs. 4.28 crore, the government sanctioned Rs. 5 crore.