Why not bring defence expenditure under RTI: BJP
Matkari said this is specially necessary in the wake of scams such as Bofors and the recent TetraPak scam. “The TetraPak scandal came to light through an an internal audit report of the Defence Ministry. It reportedly detected a loss of over Rs 100 crore in spending by six army commanders between 2009 and 2011. Defence Minister A K Antony was forced to order strict checks and balances on expenditure,” said Matkari, stressing that RTI would help in curbing unnecessary defence expenditure.
On the demand for transparency in functioning of political parties, Matkari said, “The functioning of political parties is more than transparent. We invite journalists to our press conferences, meetings, seminar and brief them about our functioning. Besides, some disgruntled partymen reveal inside information to journalists. Also, the Election Commission has made it mandatory to file day-to-day expenditure of candidates.”
Maj Gen (Retd) S C N Jatar, however, had a different take. “RTI is indeed applicable to expenditure. Defence spending is a public document. But information on top-secret weapons is out of
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