CIC widens scope of RTI application28 Dec, 2010
CIC widens scope of RTI application
Pushing the envelope regarding disclosure of confidential information,Central Information Commission has ruled that documents are open to public before being submitted to the cabinet secretariat for the Union Cabinets consideration. This is a departure from the usual practice in the government where most public authorities took a wide view and denied all information related to Cabinet notes on the plea that the issue was under consideration and had not been finalised. A CIC bench decided that proposals formulated by ministries get cover under exemption clause of RTI Act only when they are actually submitted to cabinet secretariat to be placed for discussion.