Top Cidco of­fi­cial fined un­der RTI act

NO RE­SPONSE Ac­tivist had asked for in­for­ma­tion on 12.5% scheme plots in Ulwe in 2012, but even a year later did not re­ceive a re­ply

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The state in­for­ma­tion com­mis­sioner has taken Cidco to task over dilly dal­ly­ing in pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion un­der the Right to In­for­ma­tion (RTI) Act to an ap­pli­cant.

Cidco’s gen­eral man­ager (ad­min­is­tra­tion) SB Desh­mukh has been charged un­der the RTI Act and pe­nalised Rs10,000. The sig­nif­i­cant de­ci­sion was given by the Konkan bench of the state in­for­ma­tion com­mis­sioner.

RTI ac­tivist Vikas Parshuram Patil had, on Jan­uary 22, 2012, sub­mit­ted an RTI ap­pli­ca­tion to Cidco’s Land and Sur­vey depart­ment.

He had then asked for de­tails of the 12.5% scheme plots dis­trib­uted in Ulwe. The in­for­ma­tion was not given to him.

Patil said, “I ap­proached the first ap­pel­late author­ity, where, too, I did not get the ex­pected re­ply. Through the sec­ond ap­peal on May 27, 2013, I di­rectly ap­proached the state in­for­ma­tion com­mis­sion.”

He said, “On Oc­to­ber 20, the Konkan bench gave a fi­nal or­der in the case. Desh­mukh was pe­nalised for not ap­point­ing a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer. The bench has or­dered that the fine be re­cov­ered from his salary in two monthly in­stal­ments.”

A so­cial worker said, “Cidco has 20 de­part­ments to run its af­fairs. Th­ese de­part­ments re­ceive a num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions for in­for­ma­tion on a daily ba­sis. As there is lit­tle in­for­ma­tion on who is the in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer in which depart­ment and who the ap­pel­late author­ity is leads to a lot of has­sle for ap­pli­cants.”

He said, “As per sec­tion 4 of the RTI Act, it is manda­tory that the names of the pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer and ap­pel­late author­ity are clearly dis­played at a prom­i­nent place in the of­fice premises. Cidco has, how­ever, not fol­lowed the norm.”

The so­cial worker said, “Sim­ply putting up de­tails on the web­site is not go­ing to help all the ap­pli­cants as many are not net savvy.”

Cidco of­fi­cials re­fused to com­ment.

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