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TIMES OF INDIA Epaper 28-06-2012

 

AUDA flayed for deliberately withholding information

 

Paul John | TNN

 

Ahmedabad: Many a time basic information that should be provided by a government office to citizens regarding project works housing, civic utilities, income schemes are deliberately withheld for dubious reasons or simply for harassing an RTI applicant. In one such case, the Gujarat information commission, has taken a tough stance against a public authority and has even gone to the extent of imposing a heavy fine if the officer does not give a valid reason for the exceptional delay in parting with information.

 

 

Three years ago, applicant Mallika Sarabhai sought details of housing for the economically weaker sections (EWS) in Ahmedabad by Ahmedabad Urban Development authority (AUDA).The information pertained to the Rs 500 crore JNNURM funds that were allotted for the construction of more than 20,000 houses for the poor. Sarabhai also sought details of the different heads under which JNNURM funds had been spent for the year 2009.

Apart from this, the application also sought details of the number of families that were allotted these houses and the time period within which the rest of the houses would be constructed. After the case came before information commissioner Balwant Singh for hearing he said Both officers were aware of the provisions of the RTI Act, and they ensured that the applicant does not get information, Singh said.

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