In a bid to increase transparency, accountability and trust of consumers, the government has advised the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to extend provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 to its subsidiaries, including Mother Dairy Fruits and Vegetables Pvt. Ltd (MDFVPL) and NDDB Dairy Services among others.
The Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries recently told the Parliament that as NDDB Dairy Services was set up through a Rs 200 crore contribution from NDDB, it has advised NDDB to
“extend the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005 to its subsidiary companies including NDDB Dairy Services.”
Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, further told the Parliament that both the Department of Legal Affairs and Ld. Solicitor General have opined that Mother Dairy should qualify in the semi-government, if not a fully government, dairy as all of its shareholding is government-owned and in line with the same it has requested NDDB board to “put the decisions of MDFVPL in public domain in the interest of transparency, accountability and also to increase trust of consumers.”
The minister said that the Central Information Commission (CIC) had in its order dated April 15, 2011 given judgment that MDFVPL is a public authority under clause (i) of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act and it will appoint a CPIO and the Appellate Authority as per the mandate of the RTI Act.