The Prime Minister’s Office has been directed by the Central Information Commission to respond to an RTI applicant who sought to know when will Rs 15 lakh, as promised by Narendra Modi during the 2014 general elections, be deposited in his account.
The direction came in connection with the plea by one Kanhaiya Lal from Jhalawar district of Rajasthan who had filed an RTI application with the PMO seeking to know the status of his representation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Among other details mentioned in the representation sent to the PMO, Chief Information Commissioner Radha Krishna Mathur noted that Lal had also asked the top office that “at the time of election, it was announced that black money will be brought back to India and Rs 15 lakh will be deposited in the account of each poor, the complainant wants to know what happened to that.”
Citing the plea of Lal, Mathur noted, “the complainant wants an answer from the prime minister that it was announced during the election that corruption will be removed from the country but it has ‘increased to 90 per cent’ and wants to know when the new law will be made for the removal of corruption from the country.”
Lal also mentioned in his plea that the benefits of schemes announced by the government are only limited to the rich and capitalists and not for poor people and also wanted to know whether 40 per cent concessions in ticket given by the Congress government to the senior citizens travelling in the rail are going to be withdrawn by the present government.
Mathur said the response of CPIO of the PMO is not on record.
The PMO official present during the hearing said they have not received the plea of Lal and hence they could not answer it.
“The respondent is directed to send a reply to the complainant on his RTI application within 15 days of this order,” Mathur said in his order.