In a very brazen abuse of Power and while strangely claiming that it is not a “Public Authority”, the Goa Raj Bhavan refuses to come under the purview of the Right to Information Act.
It is very deplorable that the Governor of Goa as head of the State instead of leading by example has been scuttling an Act which was enacted to ensure transparency and accountability in the functioning of the Government. The high-handed stand taken by Goa Raj Bhavan is deplorable and it cannot be allowed to breach its constitutional obligation of having to comply with the law.
With the exception of Goa all other Raj Bhavans across the country and even the Rastrapathi Bhavan are complying with the Right to Information Act. Instead of strengthening the Transparency law, the Goa Governor has allowed it to be weakened. Governor Mridula Sinha should lift the veil of secrecy and open to public scrutiny the affairs and working of the Goa Raj Bhavan.