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In a stinging order delievered by a full bench of the CIC, after the Principal Commissioner cum Secretary was also summoned, CIC has ordered an enquiry into the implementation of RTI (specially Sec 4 suo-motu disclosure) by the DDA.


The Committee of enquiry will consist of:


1. Ms Shujata Chaturvedi, Director MoUD

2.Shri Dunu Roy, Hazards Centre, Delhi

3.Shri Pankaj KP Shreyaskar Jt Registrar, CIC, Member Secretary


The full order is attached to this post.




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As reported in zeenews.com on 25 September 2009:

CIC constitutes enquiry against DDA


CIC constitutes enquiry against DDA


New Delhi: The CIC has set up an enquiry committee to go into the details of servicing of the RTI Act by all wings and sections of the Delhi Development Authority.


The move is prompted by complaints of poor implementation of RTI Act by the civic body.


"We find the levels of compliance of the DDA both in letter and spirit of the RTI Act leaves much to be desired. It does not appear that close attention has been paid by the top management of this Authority to ensure a smooth transition to the transparency and accountability that is demanded by this law," a division bench comprising Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah and Information Commissioner ML Sharma said.


The Committee comprising Director Ministry of Urban Development Shujata Chaturvedi, Dunu Roy from Hazards Centre and Pankaj KP Shreyaskar Joint Registrar, CIC will have to give its report within 45 working days since September 22.


The CIC pulled up Secretary DDA, VM Bansal for not been able to clarify various points raised by the Commission while hearing the plea of an RTI applicant Sarbajit Roy who had complained against poor servicing of RTI Act at the authority.


"Secretary, DDA VM Bansal, although repeatedly asked to clarify various points at issue, solidly took recourse to the plea that whatever the Commission directs, the DDA will implement," the Commission said.


The Bench said he had no suggestions of what course may be followed either by internal enquiry or enquiry by professionals, on the need to review the public disclosure policy of the DDA.


"This is most unsatisfactory situation in a public authority, which should be in the forefront of transparency dealing with a mandate as vital as is assigned to the DDA," it said.


Roy had complained that DDA was not fully implementing section 4 of the RTI Act which mandates every public authority to proactivley disclose information about it's working on its web site.


He had alleged that several information on the DDA website were contrary to those present on the Ministry of Urban Development website.


"In an effort to demonstrate compliance of this Commission’s orders, the public authority has uploaded information in a disorganised manner which is also admittedly incomplete, thereby bringing confusion instead of clarity into the system for providing access to information," the Commission said.


The Bench said under the circumstances, it would be necessary to launch a more detailed enquiry in the same.

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