PMO calls RTI plea on Rajan's NPA note as Roving Inquiry, rejects sharing information

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 31, 2018 18:03 hrs
Raghuram Rajan

A report published on Wednesday says that the PMO and the Finance Ministry may be with-holding information.

A report published in the Wire suggests the publication tried to collect information on a list of loans that Raghuram Rajan shared to the PMO.

The publication via the Right to Information Act corresponded with the RBI, Finance Ministry and PMO. While the RBI confirmed that a seventeen page document was sent by the RBI governor, the PMO rejected sharing any details.

The reply from the RBI says that a letter was sent by Governor Raghuram Rajan on February 04, 2015. The Wire's RTI request to the Finance Ministry yielded no response.

The agency in it's story said that while the RBI was "somewhat forthcoming" it did not receive favorable information from either the PMO or the Finance Ministry.

In fact, the PMO referred to the RTI request as "roving inquiry". The PMO has said the query does not come under the definition of "information" in the RTI Act. "The information sought is in the form of roving enquiry and does not come under the definition of 'information' as per Section 2(f) of the RTI Act, 2005," Parveen Kumar, Under Secretary and CPIO at the PMO was quoted as saying.

Section 2(f) defines 'information' as any material in any form, including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority.