NGOs receiving substantial financing from govt come under RTI Act, says SC

NEW DELHI: Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) receiving substantial financing from the Government are bound to give information to the public under the RTI Act, the Supreme Court held on Tuesday.

The top court said that institutions like schools, colleges and hospitals which receive substantial aid from the Government both directly or indirectly in the form of land at discounted rate are also bound to give information to the citizens under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

A bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said, “If NGOs or other bodies get substantial finance from the Government, we find no reason why any citizen cannot ask for information to find out whether his/her money which has been given to an NGO or any other body is being used for the requisite purpose or not”. (AGENCIES)