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Army housing body comes under RTI Act, rules CIC

New Delhi : The Central Information Commission (CIC) has ruled that the Army Welfare Housing Organization is an extension of the Army and comes under the ambit of the Right to Information Act.

"We hold that the AWHO, though on paper a separate entity, is nothing but an extension of the Army by virtue of being under the all pervasive control of senior serving Army officers, including the AG. We, therefore, hold that the AWHO is public authority under... the RTI Act," the commission said.

The full bench of the commission comprising chief information commissioner Satyananda Mishra and information commissioners M L Sharma and Vijay Sharma said regular deputation of Army officers to AWHO on the terms and conditions determined by the defence ministry also reinforced the impression that in quintessence the AWHO was an Army organization.

AWHO was opposing bringing it under the ambit of the RTI Act arguing that it was a society registered with the Registrar of Societies with the objective of providing dwelling units to serving and retired Army personnel and their widows on 'no profit no loss' basis.

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