No meeting of Lokpal selection committee held for nearly four years: RTI reply

Information obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has shown that, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the selection committee of the Lokpal met for the first time only in March 2018 -- more than 45 months after the BJP came to power.
Minutes of the meetings of the Lokpal selection committee were sought under the RTI Act. However, the minutes of the six meetings of the selection committee held between March 2018 till date have been denied by the government saying that the committee includes “high level dignitaries” and therefore the minutes are a “secret document”.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) stated: “As regards the minutes of the meetings it is submitted that the authorship of such documents which include 3-5 high level dignitaries does not vest in the DoPT”.
DoPT has not cited any exemptions allowed under the RTI Act, says Anjali Bharadwaj, a senior RTI activist.

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