[caption id=attachment_2823" align="alignright" width="400] RTI caught in Passing the Parcel Game[/caption]
RTI Applicant had to finally get all the officials present before Central Information Commission by his second appeal and get the directions from CIC to ensure that PIO (Deptt. Of Urban Development), Delhi collects the information from all the concerned PIOs and provide reply. CIC directed that all the PIOs should look into the RTI application without making a claim that ‘they are not concerned with’, etc. and provide the information regarding their role with regard to the area mentioned in the RTI application.
The Public Information Officers took the shelter of Section 6(3) of RTI Act in transferring the RTI application to one another. Do you also face the indiscriminate use of this section by PIO in transferring the applications? Please share with us at our forum here! If you have any questions our experts shall be glad to help you.
RTI caught in Passing the Parcel Game
Earlier, an RTI Applicant who sought information regarding the Unauthorised Regularised colonies relating to major consumer markets, malls, multiplexes, hotels, district centres, community centres and retail shopping centers etc. and facilities and services provided by the Government of NCT of Delhi of a particular area, went into tizzy as PIO went on passing the RTI application and each PIO stating that 'they are not concerned with RTI'.
The Commission directed the concerned PIO, to show cause, why penalty cannot be imposed on them for transferring the RTI application without proper application of mind and not providing answers to the RTI applicant. The full case can be read and downloaded from here!
Citation: Mr.K.Chand Vs. Dept.of Urban Development, GNCTD Date of decision 30-06-2014
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