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Central Information Commission came down heavily over Election Office for not providing details of Voter ID card stating that "It is clear that their inaction and non response to RTI application is violation of both of his rights- right to information and right to vote." Citing Krishak Bharti Cooperative Ltd. vs Ramesh Chander Bawa on 14th May, 2010, W.P. © 6129/2007, where the Honble Delhi High Court held: Just as the right to vote of the “little” citizen is of profound significance in a democracy, so is the right to information. It is another small but potent key in the hands of India’s “little” people that can “unlock” and lay bare the internal workings of public authorities whose decisions affect their daily lives in myriad unknown ways… The Election Office, which spends huge money for campaign for enrolment of voters, but does not prefer to inform the applicant for the voter card under RTI also. Commission thinks that the Election Office machinery should have been responsive to voter card requirements and RTI applications. Right to vote and Right to Information CIC further stated that The voter has right to information about action on his application for voter card and also RTI under RTI Act. Article 325 of Indian Constitution categorically mandates that there shall be no discrimination in inclusion into the electoral rolls. By negligence or inaction, the Election Office has not included the applicant’s voter card in the electoral list and thus his constitutional right is breached. There is no statutory provision to give compensation to the applicant who could not get his votercard, which means his Constitutional right to vote, though he was eligible and submitted required documents has no remedy, but RTI Act provides for compensation if there is any loss or detriment caused to the voter. Thus the Commission directed the Election Office to show cause why suitable compensation should not be ordered to be paid by them to the applicant (for vote and information about not giving voter card). The decision can be read here- CIC_SA_A_2015_002048_M_180194
rtiindia posted a post in RTI Act 2005During the time of digitization, Delhi Food and Supply Department still cannot put the details of Fair Price Shops online. Department of Food and Supply of Delhi should disclose monthly stocks released to the Fair Price Shops (FPS) and the distribution of that stock along with the list of names of eligible ration card holders. This information should have been uploaded into the Public Domain and a hard copy of the same should have been displayed on the notice board of the Circle office and the respective ration shops. However, in the RTI hearing at CIC, the department submitted that the stocks available at the respective ration shops are displayed at the ration shops and the record is also kept at their circle office. At present, there is no system of uploading the stocks and sale position of the respective Fair Price Shops in their Circle. Therefore in the RTI reply asking for rations issued by this shop, Copy of the master register/daily sale register/inspection register etc the authority had asked the appellant to deposit Rs.2,808/towards costs for supplying the copies of information. You can read and find about how many requests we receive at our forum regarding ration cards here. One of the oldest cards of Government of India still faces digitisation blues, during the time when you have Aadhar cards, NPR and PAN cards. If you are interested in filing RTI for ration card, visit our website which explains how to become RTI Activist and also take help from our Forum active members. The commission rightly recorded that the appellant who is a common man, cannot be expected to deposit this much money for general information and on the contrary, the respondent authority is expected to disclose monthly stocks released to the FPSs and the distribution of that stock along with the list of names of eligible ration card holders. Stock and Sale Records of Ration in Delhi not online The Department of Food & Supply officer was also directed to check the ration shops about the display of this information at the shops every month. The CIC decision can be read and downloaded from here! You can discuss this decision at our forum here! This is an extract of the decision available on the CIC public website, and is meant for generating interest in our readers only. For the true detailed and authentic copy you must download the decision from the CIC website!