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    No trace of 900 Kiosks meant for disabled persons from the past 24 months


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    Kiosks meant for disabled personsFrom the past 24 months, information about 900 kiosks built during 1991 and onwards under IYD Scheme, that were supposed to be allotted to the disabled persons which includes leprosy affected persons, have totally disappeared. Under Right to Information, when the question was asked from the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board, Central Information Commission found that the information was fragmented, does not offer complete picture and very difficult to know what happened to 900 kiosks and money spent on them.

     

    Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board functions under the control of Govt. of NCT of Delhi and is primarily functioning under the purview of the DUSIB Act, 2010. This act empowers the DUSIB to notify certain areas as Slums, where with the passage of time, the buildings have become dilapidated and the basic civic services are missing.

     

    Apart from this, DUSIB has been also assigned the role of looking after the Jhuggie Jhomprie squatter settlements / clusters by way of provision of civic amenities and their resettlement too. The main mission of DUSIB is to improve the quality of life of Slum & JJ Dwellers by implementing number of approved plan Schemes on behalf of Delhi Govt.

     

    Following questions were raised under RTI Act 2005:

    How much of money was spent,

    How many kiosks were built till the time they were working,

    Whom they were allotted,

    If there is any irregularity in the disappearance of kiosks, whether any action was initiated to recover the kiosk or the money,

    Whether any particular officer or office is responsible for delaying or holding these kiosks and related information and any other information related to this, so that public money is safe and public interest is served.

    Having not received the reply under RTI, Shri Shankar Tiwari preferred First Appeal. First Appellate Authority (FAA) by his order dt. 12­-12­-2012 disposed of the appeal on the ground that the appellant is not interested to follow the case, as he failed to appear before him, in spite of two hearing notices. The appellant filed 2nd appeal before the Commission seeking complete information.

     

    CIC viewed the matter very seriously and directed the following in it's decision here:

    To give a comprehensive report after collecting the information from wherever it is held under their control and authority and inform the appellant

    Directed the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board respondent/PIO, PIO of allotment section and the New Delhi Officer, DRIA to comply with this order. They should cooperate with one another in furnishing a comprehensive information without resorting to technical grounds and all these three officers will be deemed to be PIOs and they shall be held responsible if they fail to furnish the information to the appellant within 45 days under intimation to the Commission.

    As this matter has been pending for the last 24 months, non­compliance of this direction will be viewed seriously as per Section 20 of the RTI Act.

    Kiosks meant for disabled persons

    During the hearing the appellant was represented by Dr. Brahm Dutt. The Public Authority is represented by Mr. S.C.Sharma, EE, Mr. T.S.Grover, Mr. C.P.Singh and Mr. N.H.Sharma, EE, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board, GNCTD, Delhi.

     

    FACTS

     

    The appellant’s representative submitted that through the RTI application dt. 16­6­ 2012, he is seeking information regarding 900 kiosks built by the respondent authority, from 1991 onwards under IYD Scheme and the details of their allotment. Having received no reply within the prescribed period, the appellant preferred First Appeal. FAA by his order dt. 12­12­ 2012 disposed of the appeal on the ground that the appellant is not interested to follow the case, as he failed to appear before him, in spite of two hearing notices. The appellant filed 2nd appeal before the Commission seeking complete information.

     

    Decision:

     

    Commission heard the submissions. The appellant was seeking information about 900 kiosks built during 1991 and onwards, supposed to be allotted to the disabled persons which includes leprosy affected persons, which have totally disappeared. He was seeking various kinds of details of information about the disposal etc. The respondent authority stated that they have collected information from different sections and departments and tried to give information. The information sought being very old pertaining to the period of 1991, they claimed that they need some more time to collect the information.

     

    CIC noted that the information given by the respondents was fragmented, does not offer complete picture and very difficult to know what happened to 900 kiosks and money spent on them. The respondent authority is directed to give a comprehensive report after collecting the information from wherever it is held under their control and authority and inform the appellant as to how much of money was spent, how many kiosks were built till the time they were working, whom they were allotted, if there is any irregularity in the disappearance of kiosks, whether any action was initiated to recover the kiosk or the money, whether any particular officer or office is responsible for delaying or holding these kiosks and related information and any other information related to this, so that public money is safe and public interest is served. The appellant expressed an apprehension that some of the case files are either missing or stolen. He insisted on registering an FIR for the crime of deliberate misplacement of files which might disclose the irregularities in kiosks’ affair. The Commission directs the respondent/PIO, PIO of allotment section and the New Delh Officer, DRIA to comply with this order. They should cooperate with one another in furnishing a comprehensive information without resorting to technical grounds and all these three officers will be deemed to be PIOs and they shall be held responsible if they fail to furnish the information to the appellant within 45 days under intimation to the Commission. As this matter has been pending for the last 24 months, non­compliance of this direction will be viewed seriously as per Section 20 of the RTI Act. The Decision is available here!

     

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