Registrar of Cooperative Societies Delhi treated RTI application as a grievance and did not provide information stating that it will not fall under the expression ‘information’. Central Information Commission did not accept this argument while hearing the second appeal filed by sh. Vinod Kumar Bansal regarding information on action taken on his letter regarding the grant of society membership in violation of the provisions of section 75 of the DCS Act, 2003. The Commission observes that the information asked by the appellant is to be provided under RTI Act and that it does not fall under any exemptions. CIC also directed to show cause why maximum penalty cannot be imposed for refusal of information by CPIO, Registrar of Co-operative Societies Delhi.
The Registrar, Cooperative Societies, appointed by the Lt. Governor, Delhi under Delhi Cooperative Societies Act, 2003, heads the Cooperative Department and plays a pivotal role in monitoring the functioning of Cooperative Societies registered under the Act. The Office of the Registrar is working on nine-district pattern and has nine Zones headed by Assistant Registrar level Officers. Each zone handles the matters of various cooperative societies on the basis of their registered office located in that particular zone. All issues concerning in particular society are examined at the zonal level only.
Registrar of Cooperative Societies Delhi
The appellant submitted that through his RTI application dt. 2982012, he is seeking information on action taken on his letter dt. 952012 regarding the grant of society membership in violation of the provisions of section 75 of the DCS Act, 2003. The PIO replied on 2892012 saying that the complaint has already been forwarded to the concerned society and reply is awaited from them. Not satisfied with the reply, the appellant made first appeal before the FAA. FAA by his order dt. 7122012, directed the PIO to forward the copy of his comments dt. 26112012 to the appellant within 15 days. Upon this FAA order, the appellant filed 2nd appeal before the Commission.
The Decision can be read here: File No.CIC/AD/A/2013/000974SA Mr. Vinod Kumar Bansal Vs. Registrar, Coop. Societies If you want to read more discussions relating to RTI for Cooperative Housing Society, please refer to the tag here Society and RTI, and if you have any queries please post it at our forum here!
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