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10:37 am - Wednesday February 21, 2018

Who goes with PM Modi abroad, PMO will answer

Agencies, New Delhi

The names of delegation members accompanying Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his international visits needs to be disclosed, Chief Info Commissioner R.Okay. Mathur has directed the Prime Minister’s Fetch 22 situation of job (PMO).

Mr. Mathur rejected the objection by the PMO in disclosing the records on grounds of “national security”.

Deciding two separate conditions, Mr. Mathur, nonetheless, exempted the PMO from disclosing the names of security personnel and other people linked to the protection shrimp print of the Prime Minister.

“The fee is of the view that the title/listing of non-government individuals (having no reference to the safety) who had accompanied the prime minister on his worldwide visits…needs to be supplied to the appellant,” he mentioned.

The instances got here earlier than the Central Info Fee – the ultimate appellate authority in issues associated to Proper to Info – after candidates Neeraj Sharma and Ayub Ali didn’t obtain a correct response to their purposes in search of particulars of delegation members accompanying the prime minister on his international visits.

According to media reports, RK Mathur has rejected the objection to not providing information on PMO’s national security grounds. While deciding on two cases, RK Mathur, however, has given exemption to the PMO not to mention the names of security personnel and people engaged in protecting the Prime Minister.

He said, the Commission believes that the names and list of those non-governmental persons should be given to those appealing, who went with them on the foreign visits of the Prime Minister and there is nothing to do with their security.

It may be mentioned that in the Information Commission, Neeraj Sharma and Ayub Ali had appealed to the names of the members of the delegation who accompanied him on foreign visits to the PM. Due to the final appellate authority, the matter came to the Central Information Commission, if there was no appropriate response on their initial application.

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