Make public reasons for installing statues: CIC to LS

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 22:44

New Delhi: The Central Information
Commission has directed the Lok Sabha Secretariat to put on
its website details of each statue on the Parliament campus
along with the reasons for granting permission for their
installation.

However, acknowledging that culling out reasons for
permitting the installation of statues and posters of various
leaders from the records of committee meetings in the entire
post-independence period will be a "next to impossible" task,
the Commission gave six months` time to the LS Secretariat to
finish the exercise.

"Record of minutes of the Committee meetings from the
period 1947 to 2000 is bulky and inspecting each to cull out
the information regarding the decision taken on requests to
install various statues and portraits will, in the present
system of record keeping, be next to impossible," Chief
Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said.

However, the Commissioner asked the Central Public
Information Officer to provide RTI applicant Harish Kumar with
any five illustrative samples of the decisions of the
Committee on portraits and statues for the period 1993-2005
within 10 days.

While ordering the secretariat to make public
information about each statue on Parliament campus, the
Commission said people have the right to know the reasons for
granting permission for installation of statues and posters of
different leaders.

"The installation of statues and portraits, the reasons
for approval of the same and other details, as sought by
appellant Harish Kumar in the present case are matters not
only of public interest but matters on which the public has a
right to be informed," Habibullah said.

Kumar a resident of Pul Mithai locality in the national
capital had sought to know all the details of statues and
portraits of National Leaders, Parliamentarians and Martyrs
installed in Parliament House Complex.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 22:44

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