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RTI News-Comedy of Errors- A District has nominated an officer who is both CPIO and FAA

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Ironically the Assistant Commissioner Development (ACD) Poonch has been designated as PIO and First Appellate Authority (FAA) as well. Rural Development Department (RDD) Jammu has once against been caught on the wrong foot as all the Block Development Officers (BDO) in Poonch district have been designated as Assistant Public Information Officers (APIOs) instead of Public Information Officers (PIOs). 

As per the provisions of J&K RTI Act 2009 , APIOs cannot provide information directly under RTI as they have to only assist the PIOs. In most of the Govt offices APIOs are non gazette officers. From last 9 years all the BDOs in J&K perform duties of PIOs as well , but nobody knows who has advised Director Rural Development Jammu or ACD Poonch to designate all the BDOs of various blocks of Poonch as APIOs?

I am not able to understand how come ACD Poonch has designated himself as PIO and FAA both ? This is a burden on him and people who have to approach his office to seek information . How can an information seeker from Mendhar or Mandi come to Poonch to seek information ? Why not empower local BDOs for the same and designate them full fledged PIOs which is common practice in all the districts of state ? "said Dr Raja Muzaffar Founder / Chairman of J&K RTI Movement.


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