Assets of MPs not to be posted on website: RS

Details of the assets and wealth of Rajya Sabha members shall not be placed in the public domain, the Ethics Committee of the Upper House has ruled.

Last Updated: May 08, 2011, 10:44 AM IST

New Delhi: Details of the assets and wealth
of Rajya Sabha members shall not be placed in the public
domain, the Ethics Committee of the Upper House has ruled.

The Committee, however, has said details of assets and
liabilities of a member can be accessed by any person after
getting written permission from Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha
as per the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Rules, 2004.

Replying to an RTI application, the Rajya Sabha said that
Chairman of the House had directed to examine the feasibility
of placing information contained in the Register of
declaration of assets and liabilities of the members on the
website of the House and sought a report from the Ethics
Committee.

"The committee considered the issue in its meeting...and
unanimously felt that sub-rule 4(4) of Rule 4 of the Assets
and Liabilities Rules lays down an adequate provision for
making available the information...to any person with the
written permission of Chairman Rajya Sabha, thus when any
request is received under the said rule the same could be
provided after due processing," the reply said.

In reply to activist S C Agrawal, Public Information
Officer Sunita Sekaran said the considered view of the Ethics
Committee was that since any person could ask for information
of the Register, there appears no need to place the same on
the website.

The Central Information Commission had also taken the
same view on placing asset details of information
commissioners in the public domain but later, in a voluntary
move, it posted the details about each information
commissioner on its website.

PTI