Communist party becomes first political outfit to respond to RTI query

New Delhi/July 1
Though many Indian political party and central government are opposing their inclusion under RTI Act and mulling to bring ordinance to exempt parties, Communist Party of India (CPI) responded to RTI query and became first political outfit to do the same.
As per reports, CPI responded to an RTI query relating to expenditure and sources of income but stated that do not come under the RTI Act.
Responding to the query, CPI said that it provides information to I-T department and the Election Commission on regular basis and believes in the principle of transparency of income and sources of income of political parties but added that it had not appointed any Public Information Officer as yet.
CPI’s General Secretary Sudhakar Reddy said that the party stands for transparency in income of political parties and supplies such information to CIC also.
Reddy said that they can’t share information regarding internal decisions with outsiders and it is degrading for political parties to declare that they function with financial help from government.
Earlier, CIC had declared six political parties including Congress, BJP, NCP, BSP, CPI and CPI-M as public authorities under the RTI Act.