Jalandhar district authorities need to get act together

Jalandhar, October 1 Jalandhar civil administrative authorities, who are supposed to implement the Right to Information (RTI) Act in letter and spirit, need to read the law first.

The authorities do not even know which application they can accept under the Act. An example of their ignorance was seen today at the Suvidha Centre here, where retired squadron leader Kirpal Singh of Punjab Avenue in Laddewali, had come to submit an application.

He wanted to have some information about the passport of his daughter, who had applied for it in 2005 and was yet to receive it despite submitting all required documents.

But his application was not accepted by the authorities at the RTI counter, and he was told that the matter was not related to the DC office.
However, Section 6 (3) of the RTI Act says, “When an application is made to a public authority requesting for information, which is held by another public authority, the public authority to which such application was made, shall transfer the application to that other public authority and inform the applicant immediately about such transfer.”

Notably, Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), Punjab, Rajan Kashyap in his visit to Jalandhar two weeks ago had said, “Special RTI counter has been opened at all the Suvidha Centres in all the districts of state and if any applicant is submitted there, the respective Deputy Commissioner (DC) would ensure that the application reaches the department concerned within a week.”

Inerestingly, when DC Ajit Singh Pannu was asked about non-receipt of application, he said he would confirm whether a Suvidha Centre counter can accept an RTI application of any other government department.
Kirpal Singh’s application was not accepted at Jalandhar passport office, where he was told that the office was being shifted from its present premises.

Jalandhar district authorities need to get act together