Parrikar seconds CIC ruling on political parties

Panaji, June 4 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Tuesday welcomed the Central Information Commission (CIC) ruling that political parties come under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, paving the way for a legislation in this regard.

"It is a good thing," Parrikar told reporters here.

The chief minister said that on an average a political party in Goa needs around Rs.40 lakh annually to function and for organisational expenses.

"For a political party, it is okay to take donations, but not (in exchange) for getting work done," Parrikar said.

The CIC Monday ruled that political parties are public authorities and are answerable to public under the RTI act.

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