The Central Information Commissioner -CIC R K Mathur has directed the Prime minister’s office to reveal the private persons who accompanied with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his foreign trips, for a RTI petition which was denied details.
The RTI petition filed by Neeraj Sharma, sought the information on the private persons who traveled with the Prime minister on his foriegn tours, was denied by the public information officer at PMO citing security reasons. Not satisfied by the reply, Neeraj filed a petition at the central information commission seeking direction to PMO to provide him the sought information, along with the mode of selection, the mails and E-mails sent to the selected persons.
It is routine that ministers, diplomats, and security personnel along with Press persons accompany with PM on his foreign tours. But Neeraj claims that he has not sought information about the full delegation but only the private persons who accompanied with PM, as they too have traveled in the public money and hence disclosure of the details is necessary as per the norms of RTI.
But the PIO of PMO has replied that the delegates accompanied were available in the official website, where Neeraj claims that no such details were available. This reply from PMO forced Neeraj to go for an appeal with CIC. The CIC directed the PMO to reveal, within 30 days from the date of order, the names of the private persons accompanied with PM on his foreign tours as there is no stand of security reasons or any provision in RTI to deny reply