Friday, October 15, 2010

RTI applicable to Trusts, institutions indirectly funded by govt.

RTI applicable to Trusts, institutions indirectly funded by govt.

TNN, Oct 15, 2010, 05.24am IST

PUNE: In a recent judgement, the State Information Commissioner Vijay Kuvalekar has said that Trusts or institutions that are not directly substantially funded by the government, but still indirectly receive funds to run schools, courses, colleges, come under the Right to Information (RTI), Act. 

Kuvalekar, in his judgement said that indirectly, since the parent institute is getting the funds for institutes run by them, the RTI is applicable. 

The judgement came in the wake of former member of Shikshan Prasarak Mandali (SPM), B B Jambhulkar who raised an RTI query with the SPM to get details on admission having cited corruption. 

Jambhulkar said, "The SPM, however, denied to reveal the information as the SPM Trust was not funded by the government. Besides, I asked the Trust to give me details of the appointment of over 400 members of the Trust." 

The information commissioner, however, said that, "It is clear that the Trust is receiving funds to run other institutes as seen in the books of accounts. In such a case, it is liable to reveal any information as sought by the RTI applicant." 

Incidentally, the Income Tax department recently cancelled the registration of SPM as a charitable trust'. Jambhular had asked the query regarding a list of names of the students who have sought admission at Ramnarian Ruia college and R A Poddar college of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai. 


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1 comment:

  1. It is better to post the W P. No and the parties to locate the judgment in internet.


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