New Delhi, December 26: In an unprecedented order, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Post Master General of Delhi to appear and explain the reasons for growing number of complaints with regard to undelivered UPC (under postal certificate) mail.

Seeking appearance of Post Master General on February 19, 2007, Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said, “he be asked to explain why correspondence sent under priority of UPC remains undelivered or establish that in fact there is no misplacing of such mail.”

The Commission issued the order on an appeal by one Jagdish Ambedkar under the Right to Information (RTI) Act against the Supreme Court of India which contended that it never received any such application.

The officials representing the apex court in their reply, informed the Commission by saying “...had the application in question would have been received, he (applicant) would have been informed accordingly.” Taking the reply into account, Commissioner Habibullah observed that such complaints regarding the non-delivery of UPC mail were rising and corrective action was required. “This has become necessary because we in this Commission have been receiving a series of complaints of UPC mail not being delivered to the destination for which it is meant,” he said.

The Commission rejected the department’s contention that addresses written on such undelivered mail were vague.

Post Master General told to explain non-delivery of UPC mail