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All meetings of PM not sensitive; reveal info: CIC

Not all meetings of the Prime Minister are sensitive to be withheld and their details should be provided under the RTI Act, the Central Information Commission has directed the Prime Minister`s Office.



New Delhi: Not all meetings of the Prime
Minister are sensitive to be withheld and their details should
be provided under the RTI Act, the Central Information
Commission has directed the Prime Minister`s Office.

Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra
rejected the contentions of the PMO which had claimed that
such class of information could not be provided "without
compromising interests of the State and other specified
concerns".

The case relates to an RTI application filed by
Sandeep Jalan of Mumbai-based Janhit Manch seeking to know the
details of all the meetings participated by the Prime Minister
between a specified period.

The information was rejected by the PMO saying the
Prime Minister met people from all walks of life on different
occasions and platforms and such meetings would be both formal
and informal ones.

It said most of the information would come under the
exemption clauses of the RTI Act withholding details as
desired by Jalan.

"Not all meetings attended by the Prime Minister are
of such nature that the details such as who all attended the
meeting or the date on which the meeting took place could
compromise the interest of the State," Mishra said.

He directed the PMO to provide details of the meetings
participated by the Prime Minister and directed to omit only
specific meetings which would come under the exemption clauses
citing reasons for deleting information.

"Many of these meetings are routinely reported in the
press, presumably released by the official machinery itself.
Therefore, the desired information should be disclosed," he
said.

PTI

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