Query on Rs 15 lakh promised by PM Modi cannot be answered: PMO

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Query on Rs 15 lakh promised by PM Modi cannot be answered: PMO

New Delhi: The Prime Ministers Office has told the Central Information Commission that the query on a question on when the Rs 15 lakh promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 2014 election campaign would be transferred to people’s bank accounts, does not come under the definition of information under the RTI Act and so cannot be answered.

Mohan Kumar Sharma has filed an RTI application on November 26, 2016, seeking information on the date of deposit of Rs 15 lakh in the account of each citizen as promised by Modi. He gave this application nearly 18 days after the demonetisation of RS.1000 and RS.500 notes, besides some other queries.

During the hearing by the Information Commissioner, Mohan Kumar Sharma told the Chief Information Commissioner R K Mathur that complete details had not been presented to him by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Reserve Bank of India.

The Prime Minister’s office as respondent no. 1. stated: “They have informed the appellant that information sought by him on point nos. 1 and 4 (regarding date of deposit of Rs 15 lakh in the account of each citizen as promised by PM Narendra Modi, how print media houses came to know before the announcement of PM Narendra Modi about the demonetisation, etc.) of the RTI application does not fall under the definition of information’ as per Section 2(f) of the RTI Act”, Mathur noted.

As per section 2 (f) of the RTI Act, “information means any material in any form, including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advice, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form and information related to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force.”

The action/steps taken by the respondent Nos. 1 (PMO) and 2 (RBI) in dealing with the RTI application are satisfactory, Mathur noted.

During the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign, Modi had promised that each Indian would receive Rs 15 lakh when black money would be repatriated from abroad.

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