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Any pub­lic au­thor­ity comes un­der RTI Act. Pub­lic au­thor­ity means any non- govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion which di­rectly or in­di­rectly re­ceives sub­stan­tial funds from the Govern­ment. Po­lit­i­cal par­ties are pub­lic au­thor­i­ties, be­cause:

■ The six national po­lit­i­cal par­ties got a tax ben­e­fit of Rs 509.78 cr dur­ing 2006- 09.

■ Po­lit­i­cal par­ties oc­cu­pied govern­ment land and prop­erty worth Rs 2,677.78 cr at throw­away rents of Rs 66.53 cr for last five years.

■ Po­lit­i­cal par­ties used air­time on Do­or­dar­shan and All In­dia Ra­dio at a cost of Rs 24.28 cr in the 2009 Gen­eral Elec­tions.

■ The Govern­ment spent Rs 9.15 cr in 2009 to pro­vide elec­toral rolls to po­lit­i­cal par­ties free of cost.

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