The Goa Raj Bhavan this week refused to furnish information sought by Adv. Aires Rodrigues under the Right to Information Act while continuing to claim that the Goa Governor is not a Public Authority.
By doing this, Governor K. Sankaranarayanan refused to comply with the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Adv. Rodrigues had sought details of the total expenditure incurred in 2011 on the Goa Governor’s official and unofficial visits out of Goa.
Adv. Rodrigues questioned as to how Governor Sankaranarayanan who as Governor of Maharashtra was complying with the RTI, was strangely claiming that in Goa he was not a ‘public authority’. He also said that it was inconceivable that the same person was taking a different stand as Governor in two States.
Governor K. Sankaranarayanan joined in as the State Governor on 8th September 2011 is also the Governor of Maharashtra.
Stating that the Right to Information Act was enacted to ensure transparency and accountability, Adv. Rodrigues has wondered as to what the Goa Raj Bhavan was trying to conceal by blatantly violating the Right to Information Act.
Pointing out that even the President of India was complying with the Right to Information Act, Adv. Rodrigues demanded that the working and functioning of the Goa Raj Bhavan be open for public scrutiny.