Tuesday, January 15, 2013

PMO declines info on Shunglu's recommendation on CAG, CVC

PMO declines info on Shunglu's recommendation on CAG, CVC
 The Prime Minister's Office has
declined to share information on recommendations made by the
Shunglu Committee, which went into alleged irregularities in
2010 Commonwealth Games projects, saying it was being
examined by a Group of Ministers (GoM).
     The High Level Committee led by former Comptroller and
Auditor General V K Shunglu had in March 2011 written to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh suggesting changes in CAG, Controller
General of Accounts (CGA), Controller of Accounts under Delhi
Government, Central Vigilance Commission and Delhi Development
  "The said letter dated March 29, 2011 from V K Shunglu
former CAG and Chairman of High Level Committee has been
referred to a Group of Ministers... to look into issues
relating to the reports of the High Level Committee and
consider the views expressed on the findings and
recommendations by the concerned ministries or departments,"
the PMO said in reply to an RTI query filed by PTI.
 It declined to share information including details of
action taken on the HLC's recommendations citing an exemption
clause of the transparency law.
     "In terms of rule 6 (4) of the Government of India
(Transaction of Business) Rules, a Group of Ministers is an ad
hoc committee of the Cabinet.
     "As such, the information sought is exempt from
disclosure in terms of Section 8(1)(i) of the Right to
Information Act," the reply said.
     The Section bars disclosure of information including
cabinet papers including records of deliberations of the
Council of Ministers, Secretaries and other officers.
     A Group of Ministers led by Defence Minister A K Antony
is looking into six reports by the HLC pointing out acts of
alleged omission and commission by officials and lack of
oversight by the government. Besides, the GoM is also
examining the recommendations by the HLC on CAG, CVC and other
government departments.

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