TIME TO BE ACCOUNTABLE
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.