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    Default Notes, Notings, margin Notes, Audit Notes, etc. of CAG are disclosable.

    In a full bench order (3 ICs) the CIC has ruled that Notes, Notings, Margin Notes, Audit Notes, etc. all constitute "information" as defined in Sec 2(f) of the RTI Act 2005 and are fully disclosable.

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    Default Re: Notes, Notings, margin Notes, Audit Notes, etc. of CAG are disclosable.

    Its a milestone, a very important decision of CIC.



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    Default Re: Notes, Notings, margin Notes, Audit Notes, etc. of CAG are disclosable.

    As reported by Mayank Aggarwal in dnaindia.com on 29 June 2010:
    'Showing audit notes no breach of privilege' - dnaindia.com

    'Showing audit notes no breach of privilege'


    New Delhi: Audit notes used for preparing a report can be disclosed under Right to Information (RTI) Act and this does not amount to breach of parliamentary privilege, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has told the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

    The CIC decision came on appeals filed by three persons who had sought audit notes and memos from the accountants general of Goa, Orissa and Punjab.

    They were denied information on grounds that it is exempted under RTI, but the CIC had now ordered them to disclose the information.

    According to CAG, observations, marginal notes and memos go into making an audit report. The reports are then presented before parliament or legislatures, from where they are referred to public accounts committees and committees on public undertakings for examination and reporting back to parliament / legislatures.

    Before giving its decision, the CIC had sought the views of Lok Sabha secretary general PDT Achary.

    “While actual material is not to be disclosed during a proceeding before a parliamentary panel, such prohibition does not apply to material not yet part of a proceeding. Audit notes are in the latter category,” a CIC bench ruled.

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    Default 'Showing audit notes no breach of privilege' -- CIC tells CAG


    I downloaded the order from this forum only.



    This news story is in today’ DNA.

    'Showing audit notes no breach of privilege'
    Mayank Aggarwal / DNA

    New Delhi: Audit notes used for preparing a report can be disclosed under Right to Information (RTI) Act and this does not amount to breach of parliamentary privilege, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has told the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

    The CIC decision came on appeals filed by three persons who had sought audit notes and memos from the accountants general of Goa, Orissa and Punjab.

    They were denied information on grounds that it is exempted under RTI, but the CIC had now ordered them to disclose the information.

    According to CAG, observations, marginal notes and memos go into making an audit report. The reports are then presented before parliament or legislatures, from where they are referred to public accounts committees and committees on public undertakings for examination and reporting back to parliament / legislatures.

    Before giving its decision, the CIC had sought the views of Lok Sabha secretary general PDT Achary.

    “While actual material is not to be disclosed during a proceeding before a parliamentary panel, such prohibition does not apply to material not yet part of a proceeding. Audit notes are in the latter category,” a CIC bench ruled.

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    Default Re: Notes, Notings, margin Notes, Audit Notes, etc. of CAG are disclosable.


    Now C&AG has also joined the number of Deparments or Public Authorities who donot want to be transparent. The decision of the CIC is a blow to their effort.

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    Default Re: Notes, Notings, margin Notes, Audit Notes, etc. of CAG are disclosable.



    Quote Originally Posted by taurus View Post
    Now C&AG has also joined the number of Deparments or Public Authorities who donot want to be transparent. The decision of the CIC is a blow to their effort.
    Actually I read in a news report yesterday or the day before, that the CAG Mr Rai has in fact urged all concerned that CAG should be given the same power as RTI gives to the citizen. He argued that even CAG does not get documents it asks for within 30 days, if at all it does get.
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    Default Re: Notes, Notings, margin Notes, Audit Notes, etc. of CAG are disclosable.

    That is fantastic. PAs treat everyone equally, it seems, whether they are common citizens or CAG it hardly matters. They will do what they want.

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    Default Re: Notes, Notings, margin Notes, Audit Notes, etc. of CAG are disclosable.

    I was under the impression that a documents when placed in the table of the House, it become a document in the public domain or public document. This aspect seems confused in the judgment of CIC
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