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    Seeking information under RTI Act not that easy in Punjab


    As reported by Raghav Ohri in expressindia.com on 15 April 2008:
    Seeking information under RTI Act not that easy in Punjab - ExpressIndia.Com

    Seeking information under RTI Act not that easy in Punjab

    Chandigarh, April 14 An advocate here had to wait for about a month in vain for a piece of information he had sought from the Director General of Police in Punjab under the Right to Information Act and finally knocked at the door of the state information commission to get his appeal admitted.

    Advocate Sushil Gautam had sought information from the DGP regarding the vehicles owned by the Punjab Police and their insurance. The information was not given to him within the stipulated period of 30 days. Aggrieved, Gautam moved the State Information Commission to file an appeal which was turned down by the Commission. Refusing to admit the appeal, the Commission replied “Being a first appeal under the RTI Act, it may be filed before appropriate first appellate authority” little knowing that the first appellate authority is ADGP (Administration). Taken aback by the reply received from the Commission, Gautam wrote back.

    “I had asked for information from the DGP Punjab Police vide application dated September 29, 2007. I did not get any reply, thus appeal was referred before your good self, but astonishingly you have declined to interfere on the ground that Punjab State Information Commission (PSIC) is the second appellate authority and thus appeal has to go to ADGP (Administration) who is the first appellate authority in Punjab Police. Most humbly it is submitted that the information was requisitioned from DGP who is senior to the ADGP. It is not understood as to how ADGP can be the authority to entertain the appeal against the inaction of the DGP” Gautam’s letter said. However, the appeal has been admitted and the case is listed for hearing in the last week of April.

    Information sought from the DGP under the RTI Act:

    * How many vehicles does Punjab Police have which are registered with the Road Transport Authorities in the name of DGP, Punjab Police ?

    * How many vehicles does Punjab Police have which are not registered with Road Transport Authorities?

    * The vehicles owned by the Punjab Police, are they exempted from paying the road tax? If yes, under which authority/provision?

    * Are the vehicles owned by the Punjab Police and registered in the name of DGP, Punjab Police, insured as required by the Motor Vehicle Act ?

    * Are the vehicles owned by the Punjab Police insured? If no, then under which authority and provision of law?


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    Re: Seeking information under RTI Act not that easy in Punjab


    Knowing the reputation of punjab police,this case need to be followed and await final result.

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    Re: Seeking information under RTI Act not that easy in Punjab


    We too have few members from Punjab, does that speak of RTI awareness?

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    Re: Seeking information under RTI Act not that easy in Punjab



    Quote Originally Posted by kushal View Post
    We too have few members from Punjab, does that speak of RTI awareness?
    Kushal,

    Number of members form a particular state cannot be a indicator of RTI awareness in that state.
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    Re: Seeking information under RTI Act not that easy in Punjab


    dear
    if one ask anything related to PM, it doesnt mean that the appealate authority if President...
    PM has a office in which there r many officers working...
    one of them will be PIO and a senior to him will be AA.
    whats big deal in asking question from DGP...it will be answered by the PIO of DGP office...
    things should be seen in a proper [perspective...
    RTI doesnt mean that everyone in govt has become a slave...who will beg before the applicant.,...
    ITs a system and it needs to be seen in that sense....!!!!

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    Re: Seeking information under RTI Act not that easy in Punjab


    Kushal,I haven't understood the context of your comments above,unless it's periscopic,that will be sad.

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    Re: Seeking information under RTI Act not that easy in Punjab


    sagginyou,

    For once, I understood the intention and the meaning of your post and also agree with it !

    Only want to add that this particular situation could have been avoided if the applicant had moved the SIC for a complaint under Sec 18(1)(c) in stead of a Second Appeal. There was just a chance that the matter wouldn't have reverted back to the AA.
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