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Give info on black money collected after demonetisation: CIC to FinMin: RTI by Khalid Mundappilly


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The central information commission (CIC) has directed the finance ministry to reply to a year-old RTI application seeking details of the amount of black money collected by the government after demonetisation.

 

The direction came on an RTI plea filed by Khalid Mundappilly, who had approached the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on November 22, 2016, after PM Narendra Modi announced a ban on currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 on November 8.

 

Solving the black money problem was one of the reasons cited by Modi for the demonetisation move. "Kindly let me know the amount collected as black money," Mundappilly had asked. His query did not receive any response within the mandatory 30-day period after which he filed a complaint against the PMO before the CIC on January 9, 2017.

 

Chief information commissioner R K Mathur, however, spared the PMO from penalty under the RTI Act after its officials tendered an apology for the delay in responding to the RTI application. "The respondent is directed to advise the 'deemed CPIO' viz the in-charge of the section concerned to be careful in future and adhere to the timelines prescribed in the RTI Act," Mathur said.

 

Read more at: Give info on black money collected after DeMon: CIC to FinMin - Times of India

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