The government has allocated Rs 9.90 crore for the Central Information Commission (CIC) and the Right to Information (RTI) Act in the Union Budget 2020-21, an increase of 80 per cent as compared to the last budget. Also Read - Union Budget 2020: CBI Gets Nominal Increase of Just Rs 4 Crore
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday announced an allocation of Rs 9.90 crore for the ‘CIC and RTI’ as compared to Rs 5.5 crore allocated in the budget for 2019-20. Also Read - Union Budget 2020: Centre to 'Actively Pursue' Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project
In the last budget, the commission’s funds were slashed by 38 per cent as compared to the Union Budget of 2018-19. Also Read - Major Tax Relief For Middle Class: Union Budget 2020 Reduces Income Tax Rates
“Fund allocations in respect of the CIC’s Construction of Head Office Building and DOPTs Propagation of the RTI Act,” the budget document said.
The CIC has also received funds under a separate head of ‘CIC and PESB’ with an increase of 6.95 per cent from the last budget.
It has been allocated Rs 32 crore as compared to Rs 30.02 allocated crore last year under this head.
This provision is for “establishment related expenditure of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) and the Central Information Commission”, the document said.