The Prime Minister’s Office has turned down a Right To Information query asking when the Rs 15 lakh promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be deposited in every citizen’s account, PTI reported. In a letter to Chief Information Commissioner RK Mathur, the office said the reply sought did not come under the definition of “information” under Section 2(f) of the RTI Act.
During his election campaign in 2014, Modi had promised his government would ensure the return of black money deposited abroad back to the country, and that Rs 15 lakh would be deposited in every citizen’s bank account, the news agency reported.
Mohan Kumar Sharma had filed an application on November 26, 2016, days after the Centre demonetised Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, seeking to know when the amount promised would be transferred to bank accounts. Sharma also sought an answer on how print media publications were purportedly aware of the demonetisation decision before Modi announced it.
During a hearing, Sharma claimed that the Prime Minister’s Office and the Reserve Bank of India had not provided complete information in response to his application. Mathur, however, said that the replies to the RTI application were satisfactory.
According to section 2(f) of the RTI Act, “information” is described as any material in any form, including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form which can be accessed by a public authority.