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I had applied for correction in PAN Data Last year. I didn't get any response. In Income tax website it was showing that the status of the application is "under procces". I didnt kwow the exact status of my application and the customer service people are also not giving the reason for delay. So once again i applied in Dec. Now also i didnt receive the New card and the status of the application is "under procces".
Now what step should i take? Wait for some more time or can i apply for RTI? If so where i can do it? Currently i am staying in Bangalore.
â€˜AWWA is welfare body, not under RTIâ€™
Chandigarh, June 25: CAN an NGO, Army Wives Welfare Organisation (AWWA), have an office adjacent to the office of GOC-in-C Western Command in the high security zone of Western Command Headquarter? Can serving officers be attached or employed with AWWA?
These and some other questions were asked under the RTI Act from the Western Command authorities but the latter refused to entertain the query. It replied, â€œAWWA, being an NGO and a welfare organisation, does not fall within the purview of the RTI Act.â€
Guneet Chaudhary, lawyer, vide an application to Public Information Officer (PIO) Western Command sought information regarding the Armyâ€™s association with AWWA, an NGO constituted with the aim of welfare of wives and children of Army officers and jawans as well as rehabilitation of war widows.
The applicant, while seeking information, relied upon the report of Comptroller and Auditor General of India which pointed out an unauthorised expenditure of Rs 75 crore by spouses of Air force and Army chiefs who are presidents of AWWA and AFWWA. The report also indicted the Army for irregularities in hiring of light vehicles and their misuse for AWWA.
Chaudhary specifically sought information regarding the legal status of AWWA, source of funding, serving officers/other ranks deployed on AWWA duties, provisions under which AWWA is using Army building/infrastructure in top security zones, details of rent, if any, paid by AWWA to the Army, details of welfare activities undertaken by AWWA, details of amount spent on travelling and other facilities provided to AWWA president Western Command, AWWAâ€™s annual audited balance sheets, list of war widows who have been given grants by AWWA, etc.
Surprisingly, the PIO, through letter dated June 18, 2007, told the applicant that since AWWA is a welfare organisation and an NGO, it is not a public authority and also not within the purview of the RTI Act.
However, the definition of Public Authority as provided under Section 2h(d) of the RTI Act includes an NGO substantially financed, directly or indirectly by funds provided by the government. Since AWWA got the initial corpus from the Ministry of Defence and is funded from different heads like canteen profits and various grants of the Ministry of Defence earmarked for the welfare of defence personnel, itâ€™s very much a Public Authority under the RTI Act.
As per the applicant, the reply forwarded by the Public Information Officer amounts to deliberate denial of information and as such makes the officer liable for penal action under the RTI Act.
Chaudhary is now planning to approach the appellant authority in the matter. He said, â€œThe Army has a negative attitude towards complying with the provisions of the RTI Act 2005. The PIO appointed at various Army locations are naÃ¯ve.â€
â€˜AWWA is welfare body, not under RTIâ€™