New Delhi: The State Bank of India (SBI) has refused to provide Right To Information (RTI) Act activist Anjali Bhardwaj information on its Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for sale and redemption of electoral bonds under the government scheme.

While activist Anjali Bhardwaj had sought to know the SOPs issued by the bank authorities to the branches, SBI Deputy General Manager M Kanna Babu pointed out on behalf of the bank that the SOPs were internal guidelines of the bank. Information about them did not fall under the purview of Section 8(1)(d) of the RTI Act, which relates to "information including commercial confidence, trade secrets or intellectual property, the disclosure of which would harm the competitive position of a third party, unless the competent authority is satisfied that larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information," he has added, reports NDTV.

Bhardwaj countered the statement by accusing the SBI of evoking the exemption clause without clearing explaining how the disclosure of the SOPs would harm the competitive position of a third party, as given in the clause. She has also stated that she would counter the denial by the SBI in court.

The SBI has refused to divulge information on the SOPs to the RTI activist only a few weeks after it was severely criticized by the Supreme Court for failing to provide complete information on the electoral bonds.

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Mangaluru: The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has appointed Anwar Manila as the social media committee coordinator of the Dakshina Kannada District Non-Resident Indian (NRI) cell of the KPCC. The appointments were made through an order issued by KPCC President DK Shivakumar on Saturday.

In addition, the party has also appointed Vice President of non-resident Indians forum and All India Congress Committee’s Indian Overseas Congress (IOC) secretary in-charge Dr. Arati Krishna as the chairperson of the KPCC NRI Cell.

Anwar, a non-resident Kannadiga residing in Dubai for the past 18 years, has been an active member of the Congress party for a decade, particularly within its social media unit. He is also serving as the member of the social media unit of INCAS. In 2019, he served as a member of the publicity committee for the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, attended by former AICC president Rahul Gandhi in the UAE.

Alongside, Anwar has also been actively serving in social, religious and educational fields and is also recognised by several non-resident Kannadiga organisations.