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HC orders compensation for not providing info under RTI Act

as reported in Yahoo! News Oct 1 2010

 

New Delhi, Oct 1 (PTI) The Delhi High Court has asked the Public Information Officer of Directorate of Delhi Health Service(DHS) to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation to a poor man for not providing information pertaining to his treatment in a hospital within the stipulated time under RTI Act. Justice S Muralidhar upheld Central Information Commission''s(CIC) August 20 order and dismissed an appeal filed by DHS challenging the compensation awarded by the CIC. ".

 

Any delay in providing timely information can result in a person belonging to the Economic Weaker Section (EWS) having to needlessly spend valuable resources for medical treatment which should otherwise be available to such person free of cost.

 

The present case is an indicator of why many belonging to the EWS category are unable to avail of freeship facility in the hospitals in Delhi," the court said. Puran Chand, a Below Poverty Line(BPL) card holder, was undergoing treatment for a serious disease of compression of the spine in Indian Spinal Injury Center(ISIC), run by Delhi government, and sought freeship facility in August last year.

 

However, he was given a bill of Rs 1.75 lakh for the treatment, after which he filed an application under RTI Act for the detailed information. The PIO of DHS had failed to provide information on time and as a result he had to undergo surgery in a private hospital in September last year.

 

Source : HC orders compensation for not providing info under RTI Act - Yahoo! India News

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As reported in Dainik Jagran on 02/10/10

 

Source: http://in.jagran.yahoo.com/epaper/article/index.php?page=article&choice=print_article&location=2&category=&articleid=93128229197106

 

समय पर नहीं दी सूचना अब देना होगा मुआवजा

 

नई दिल्ली, जासं : बीपीएल कार्डधारी (गरीबी रेखा से नीचे जीवन-यापन करने वाले) को इलाज से संबंधित सूचना समय पर न देना दिल्ली सरकार के स्वास्थ्य निदेशालय को भारी पड़ा है। उसे अब मांगी गई सूचना के साथ पचास हजार रुपये मुआवजा भी देना होगा। हाईकोर्ट ने भी स्वास्थ्य निदेशालय की उस याचिका को खारिज कर दिया, जिसमें उसने केंद्रीय सूचना आयोग के फैसले को चुनौती दी थी। केंद्रीय सूचना आयोग ने बीस अगस्त को इस मामले में स्वास्थ्य निदेशालय को आदेश दिया था कि संबंधित विभाग शिकायतकर्ता को समय पर सूचना नहीं दे पाया वरना उसका इलाज मुफ्त में हो सकता था। इसलिए स्वास्थ्य निदेशालय शिकायतकर्ता पूरनचंद को पूरी जानकारी दे और पचास हजार रुपये बतौर मुआवजा प्रदान करे। न्यायमूर्ति एस मुरलीधर ने स्वास्थ्य निदेशालय की याचिका को खारिज करते हुए कहा कि इस मामले से पता चलता है कि क्यों गरीबी कोटे (ईडब्ल्यूएस) से संबंध रखने वाले अधिकतर लोग दिल्ली के अस्पतालों में मुफ्त में इलाज नहीं करा पाते है। कोर्ट ने कहा कि जहां जीवन एवं अधिकार के तहत सूचना मांगी जाए, उन मामलों में सरकारी अधिकारियों को जानकारी देने की अपनी जिम्मेदारी गंभीरता से लेनी चाहिए। ऐसे मामलों में सूचना देने में की गई देरी से गरीब व्यक्ति को अपनी गाढ़ी कमाई को इलाज में खर्च करना पड़ा, जबकि उसका इलाज मुफ्त में हो सकता था।

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