Is private sector company controlled by Govt. covered under RTI?
Is a Government officer bound to reply to the questions under RTI, which are related with a private sector controlled by the government but not financial support?
RTI Act, 2005 provides a legal framework of citizens’ democratic right to access to information under the control of public authorities. As per Section 2(h) public authorities has defined as under:
(h) “public authority” means any authority or body or institution of self-government established or constituted,—
(a) by or under the Constitution;"
(b) by any other law made by Parliament;"
(c) by any other law made by State Legislature;"
(d) by notification issued or order made by the appropriate Government, and includes any—"
" (i) body owned, controlled or substantially financed;"
" (ii) nonâ€‘Government Organisation substantially financed," directly or indirectly by funds provided by the appropriate Government;
(i) “record” includes—"
(i) any document, manuscript and file;"
(ii) any microfilm, microfiche and facsimile copy of a document;"
(iii) any reproduction of image or images embodied in such microfilm (whether enlarged or not); and"
(iv) any other material produced by a computer or any other device;"
Hence if, the government substantially controlled the private sector, then they are bound to provide you with information.
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