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rtipatrol

Transfer of RTI and Application and fees for documents

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rtipatrol

Sir,

I file RTI application , received by PIO of Director of College Education on 02.07.2019 seeking information on contract documents of ongoing constructions at Government College. PIO sent a reply dated 30.08..2019  ( after filing first appeal) . He stated that college construction work is carried by PWD and   transferred the application to PWD dept  on 30.8.2018. He has transferred the application under 6(3) after 60 days, that too after filing 1st appeal. PIO of PWD sent a reply to Director of Collegiate Education asking me the appellant to pay the prescirbed fees and collect the document. Is the PIO of collegiate education liable to pay the fees to PWD and provide me the documents?

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Prasad GLN

Make an addendum of first appeal to DCE and to PWD stating that

1)As per Sec. 6 (3) RTI application has to be transferred within 5 days to the other authority,

2)That it is the duty of PIO to send such calculation and demand stating the amount of fees to be sent and the procedure for sending such copying fees.

3)That PIO is not legally correct in demanding the fees after 30 days and as there is delay in transfering the application by first PIO, the first PIO is supposed to reimburse the amount.

We in the forum believe that though the Act stipulates no payment of such fees, as we are paying actual costs to our own government, we should not penalize Government for deficiency of the officers and hence if they prescribe and intimate certain amount and no of fees, it is better to pay the fees and get the information, as information is priority for a citizen.

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rtipatrol

Thanks Sir. Funds have been sanctioned by Higher education department and  Director of Collegiate education has awarded the construction work to PWD. Iam not sure whether DCE is supposed to have contract details or PWD has to update DCE on this,.

Sir Please advice

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Prasad GLN

Due lack of expertise and supervision skills, government works are entrusted to PWD.  The responsibility is that of PWD.  Here in your case transfer beyond 5 days is the ground for appeal.

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