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UDD acts on SIC order, tells babus to act on complaints

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As reported by Neha Shukla at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 13 December 2009

 

LUCKNOW: In a rare instance where a government organ has taken considerate view of an observation made by the UP State Information Commission (UPSIC), the state urban development department (UDD) has directed its officials to act speedily on inquiry reports/complaints concerning local bodies like nagar nigams and nagar palika parishads to ensure transparency in governance.

 

Acting on the SIC observation, the department, by way of an order issued by its principal secretary Alok Ranjan, has also fixed a timeframe within which it has been made mandatory for the departmental officials to act on inquiry reports and complaints or else face disciplinary action.

 

The principal secretary, in response to an UPSIC observation on a RTI complaint pertaining a local body of the UDD in February, ordered that ‘‘action on complaints of irregularities, anomalies and corruption against anyone in the local bodies and the department be ensured and inquiry reports be disposed off within a month’s time’’. The copy of the order has been forwarded to the commission.

 

Information commissioner (IC) Gyanedndra Sharma had observed in a judgement that ‘‘there is hardly a timely action coming from the government on inquiry reports or complaints of corruption and anomalies concerning local bodies. More so because there is no timeframe fixed for disposal of such complaints and inquiry reports’’.

 

Source: UDD acts on SIC order, tells babus to act on complaints - Lucknow - City - The Times of India

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