Mumbai: On the lines of government and semi-government offices, now the private companies too would have to share their information with the public under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by RTI activist Anil Galgali, the Maharashtra Chief Information Commissioner ordered Reliance Infrastructure Limited (RIL) to provide necessary information to the consumers.

A three member bench of the State Information Commission in its decision on July 19, said that since Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has provided the power distribution license to Reliance Infrastructure Limited under public service, it is liable to fall under RTI.

The Commission has asked the company to appoint a State Information Officer under RTI’s Section 5 (1) and a First Appellate Officer under RTI’s Section 19 (1). The company was also asked to provide photo-copies of the concerned documents demanded by the petitioner.

For the record, RTI activist Anil Galgali had approached Reliance for information but was turned back on grounds that the company was not under the RTI ambit. Following which, he took up the issue with the State Information Commission. Acting on the PIL, State Information Commissioner Vilas Patil on the advice of MERC authorities constituted a three member bench.

(JPN/Bureau)