Ramesh Joshi, a native of Kutch who runs an NGO Kutch Ladayak Manch in Mumbai, had sent a RTI query to the Chief Minister’s Office on August 23, 2012, seeking details of “how much money the Gujarat government had spent on Modi’s foreign trips since he became chief minister till August 15, 2012”. He had also sought detailed records of such expenditure.
To this, public information officer at the CMO, D B Zala, had replied, “Your query is very detailed and connected to various government departments and public bodies, so this information will have to be collated.”
Zala added it was not the responsibility of the CMO to collect and give out such information.
Quoting rules, he said, “To create information is outside the scope of a public body. If the related information is available with various public departments, collecting such information will amount to ‘creating’ such information.”
Zala went on to suggest to Joshi, “If you still want the information, you can apply to different government departments.”
Joshi told The Indian Express that he had asked the Gujarat government to provide information on the money spent on Modi’s helicopters, chartered planes and foreign trips. “If the state government doesn’t keep such important information, there is not way the CM should raise fingers at someone else,” he said.
Similarly, Trupti Shah, a Vadodara-based activist, had filed an RTI application seeking details of travel expenses of Modi and his ministers during “Women Empowerment Sammelans” in 2007. However, five years later, Shah is yet to get answers.
According to Shah, the chief minister, along with his ministers, had visited 27 places across the state to organise these meetings ahead of the 2007 Assembly elections.
In one of the replies from the General Administration Department of the state government, Shah was informed that “as per information provided by the CMO, CM doesn’t mention the travelling expenses, so as far as travelling expenses of the CM is concerned, it is nil”.
In a press release on Tuesday, Shah said the last hearing in her case was held on September 26 in which Chief Information Commission officials reportedly expressed helplessness saying they had sought the information from the CMO but were refused.
These scathing observations were made by the court while ordering compensation for more than 500 religious structures damaged in the state during post-Godhra riots, on a petition filed by Islamic Relief Committee of Gujarat (IRCG).
Modi went abroad to bring foreign investment whereas Sonia's foreign trip was to deposit the looted money in foreign banks.I request fellow countrymen to arise and stop the outflow our wealth.
Narendra Modi has a valid reason for going abrad. He has brought in a large amount investmentsinto Gujarat. I does not do justice to your paper to mismanage the news for your political preferences. What did sonia Gandhi bring in terms of investments to India - ZILCH
The lier is exposed but Modi does not care any one on earth. He does not care his own leadership and how can he expect to care an oridinary RTI activist.