CIC disallows disclosure of NHPC records on J&K projects


Srinagar, The central information commission has rejected an RTI plea seeking disclosure of records related to the discussions on the demand for handing over by the government of India seven NHPC projects in Jammu and Kashmir to the state government, citing exemption clauses of “commercial confidence” and “third party.”

The case pertains to an RTI application filed by activist Venkatesh Nayak seeking communication exchanged between the government of India and the state government regarding the buyback of hydro power projects, feasibility of the proposal and file notings.

“The Jammu and Kashmir government had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Centre in 2000. It states that seven hydro electric projects in the state would be transferred to NHPC Limited for a period of 10 years for funding, execution and operation,” Nayak said.

Giving details of the case, he said that both the Centre and the state agreed in the MoU that they would work out a mutually acceptable methodology for handing over these projects back to the state.

Nayak’s application filed with the Union power ministry was transferred to NHPC limited, a mini-ratna public sector undertaking, which refused to disclose the information, saying it is a listed company and “disclosure would lead to unwanted speculations and confusion among shareholders and affect the commercial confidence of the NHPC.”