Bring corporates under RTI Act: Nitish

New Delhi: Corporates and private sector should be brought under the ambit of the Right to Information Act as public invests through shares in them and suffers when their fortunes sink, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar suggested today.

The transparency law should be expanded to public- private partnership projects as well because government invests in them, Kumar said while addressing the annual convention of Central Information Commission here. He said, "The act should be strengthened and corporate sector and private public partnership schemes should be brought under its ambit. People invest through shares and they have right to know what is going on in corporate sector."

"We have seen so many times that problems arise when money of small investors sink. Governments have to intervene, stimulus packages have to be issued," he said. Asked about Prime Minister`s comments that a critical look needs to be taken at Right to Information, Kumar said there were no problems because of the transparency law.

"I don`t think that RTI is causing any problem to Governments. Problems can be because of many reasons. In my view, since RTI Act is new and we are passing through the phase of evolution, there can be some discomfort but we can overcome that with our mutual understanding," he said. The Bihar Chief Minister, who has implemented Right to Service in his state, also said that a similar law should be enacted by the centre.