DDA penalised by CIC
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to pay Rs 1,750 as fine after its Public Information Officer (PIO) failed to respond to a petition filed under the Right to Information Act within the stipulated seven days.
Holding DDA guilty of taking a ‘dismissive attitude’, the CIC Bench headed by Chief Information Commissioner ordered it to deduct the fine amount from the salary of the erring PIO who did not give information regarding transfer of lease hold rights to the allottees of certain plots.
“This information could have been provided within days of the application, instead of the months that it has taken,” it said, asking DDA to provide information in a week to applicant Pawan Kumar Jain. Terming the information sought by Jain as specific and simple, the CIC said last week that “The supply of the information cannot be circumvented by supplying a copy of the file, which in itself may or may not contain the information sought”.
Considering the apology of the PIO that delay was caused due to heavy work pressure, the Commission said that “The admission makes the PIO liable to penalty... as per provisions of RTI Act”.
Jain had submitted the application to the PIO on October 24 last year seeking information on the stage at which DDA transfers the lease hold and ownership rights to an allottee.
He approached the DDA chief when no response was forthcoming, but this did not help. Eventually, he wrote to the CIC, which not only allowed his appeal but also penalised DDA for the delay and asked it to provide information in a week’s time.
(Source: The Tribune, Dec.11, 2006)
(I observe a key ruling in this news report, that I have highlighted for the members of the RTI community--Ganpat)
Thaks Ganpat bringing this stuff. I think this decision will really help lots of people who are running from pillar to post to obtain information from DDA
Thats a great news with correct emphasis which clearly brings out the spirit of RTI.
Last edited by maneesh; 18-12-06 at 12:43 PM.
Re: DDA penalised by CIC
well done wahe guru bless the person who gave the orders