Disclosing tour expenses will endanger Minister`s life: Rlys

Disclosure of expenditure incurred on domestic and international tours of Railway Minister will endanger her life-- this was the argument cited by the ministry while denying information about the travels undertaken by her.

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 19:07 PM IST

New Delhi: Disclosure of expenditure
incurred on domestic and international tours of Railway
Minister will endanger her life-- this was the argument cited
by the ministry while denying information about the travels
undertaken by her.
Activist S C Agrawal had filed an RTI application
seeking to know the travel expenses of Members of Parliament
and Ministers which was transferred to Railway Ministry for
giving details about domestic as well as international tours
undertaken by their Minister and two Ministers of State.

"The information sought by the applicant is not
maintained in the format as desired by the applicant. The
revelation of information relating to movement of high
dignitaries could endanger their life and physical safety and
exemption is sought under clause 8(g) of the RTI Act, 2005,"
Under Secretary Protocol Sudhir Kumar said in the reply.

But at the same time, the ministry has provided file
notings on the movement of RTI application, sought by the
applicant, wherein the protocol officer has said Minister of
State for Railways E Ahmed has taken one foreign visit.
However, Agarwal said he will appeal against the
decision.

"How can information about tours undertaken in the past
endanger lives of Ministers? It is beyond comprehension why
Railway is not ready to share expenses of its minister and
ministers of state," Agrawal said.

PTI