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Co-ops now under RTI

 

 

Co-operative societies and Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMC) across Gujarat will now be considered as public authorities under the Right to Information Act (RTI), according to a recent state circular. The state circular came as a blessing for borrowers, depositors and members who have been demanding accountability from co-operative banks, APMCs, societies or even milk and housing co-operatives for a long time. This concern grew after a string of scams were unearthed in some of these co-operatives across Gujarat a few years ago.

 

The circular was issued on March 30 following an order passed by the Gujarat information commission (GIC) in the case of Dilipsinh Jhala versus APMC Unjha, which said that co-operatives and APMCs are public authorities.

 

However, nearly 50 co-operative banks have argued that they should not be ruled as public authorities. An APMC of Unjha has challenged the decision of the GIC ruling it as a public authority in the High Court.

 

Times of India, Ahmedabad

09.04.2007

 

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Can someone clarify that if a State Information Commission passes a certain order, can a appelant show that order to the SIC of another state ? In other words are RTI Acts and Rules different for each state ?

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Hari Gautam Obhrai

This is a good initiative of the Gujarat Government and it would be good if the Central Govt takes iniatiative in making other States follow suit as Cooperatives are under State List! Hari Gautam Obhrai

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Hari Gautam Obhrai

As President Board of Revenue,MP some years back I had occasion to deal as a Tribunal under Co-Op Acts to decide many cases of co-ops from various sectors!

It will be interesting to see the verdict of High Court whether Cooperatives are public authorities under RTI Act though set up under State Legislations!

I hope CICS view is upheld in the interest of members!

Thanks for useful post which will have far reaching implications!

Hari Gautam Obhrai

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Hari Gautam Obhrai

It is always possible to cite decisions in appeals of another State though each State will have its own Act and Rules but will not differ on basic principles laid down in Central Legislation! Hari Gautam Obhrai

Co-ops now under RTI

 

 

Co-operative societies and Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMC) across Gujarat will now be considered as public authorities under the Right to Information Act (RTI), according to a recent state circular. The state circular came as a blessing for borrowers, depositors and members who have been demanding accountability from co-operative banks, APMCs, societies or even milk and housing co-operatives for a long time. This concern grew after a string of scams were unearthed in some of these co-operatives across Gujarat a few years ago.

 

The circular was issued on March 30 following an order passed by the Gujarat information commission (GIC) in the case of Dilipsinh Jhala versus APMC Unjha, which said that co-operatives and APMCs are public authorities.

 

However, nearly 50 co-operative banks have argued that they should not be ruled as public authorities. An APMC of Unjha has challenged the decision of the GIC ruling it as a public authority in the High Court.

 

Times of India, Ahmedabad

09.04.2007

 

Comments:

Can someone clarify that if a State Information Commission passes a certain order, can a appelant show that order to the SIC of another state ? In other words are RTI Acts and Rules different for each state ?

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