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Atul Patankar

Madhya Pradesh: Differences crop up in MP's flying club over RTI issue

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As reported at hindustantimes.com on December 10, 2010

 

Differences have cropped up among officials of the Madhya Pradesh Flying Club over whether it comes under the purview of the Right to Information Act of 2005 or not resulting in delay in getting information from the premier institute of the state.

 

Club member V K Gupta, who has sought information from it using the RTI route, said, "Since the MP Flying Club is taking grant from the state government and was allotted hangar at the airport, it definitely comes under the purview of the RTI Act."

 

"Besides, the Directorate of Civil Aviation of the Madhya Pradesh department has also issued directives to the club to provide information to applicants under the RTI Act," Gupta said.

 

However, club Secretary, Milind Mahajan said that as the MP Flying Club was being operated under guidelines of the director general of Civil Aviation (DGCA) anybody can obtain information about the club through DGCA only.

 

"We are not supposed to provide information directly to an applicant under the RTI at present," he said.

 

On the issue of the state government's directive to the club in this regard, he admitted that the club has indeed received a letter from the state's Civil Aviation Department directing it to provide information under RTI to the applicant on the ground that it has received grant from the government and, therefore, comes under the purview of the RTI Act.

 

Mahajan said that the club management is also pondering whether to accept the annual grant of Rs two lakh from the state government or not in this regard.

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