CIC asks green body to disclose members’ travel bills
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the National Green Tribunal to disclose travel and tour expenses incurred for its chairman as it issued a show-cause notice to the body asking why the maximum penalty should not be imposed on its official for failure to furnish timely information.
The Department of Personnel and Training had issued a directive to all public authorities on September 11, 2012, to suo motu place in the
public domain the expenses incurred on official tours undertaken by any ministers and officials.
The commission had also directed all public authorities to make suo motu disclosures of travel expenses as a lot of RTI applicants were found to request for these details.
The Prime Minister’s Office under the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had started disclosing these details proactively.
RTI applicant RK Jain had sought to know from the green tribunal the details of expenses incurred on travel bills, bills received from Balmer Lawrie, a travel company, pending bills and travel proposals in relation to its chairman and other officials. The National Green Tribunal is the apex body for adjudicating environmental issues.
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