Information commissioner cancels improper deal
AS reported by dinesh thite in D N A
A pio giving money to an applicant is unacceptable, says vijay kuvalekar
An improper agreement between a right to information (rti) applicant, a
public information officer (pio) and a appellate officer for payment of
expenses incurred on an rti appeal has been cancelled by the state
information commissioner vijay kuvalekar.
in order to dispose off thousands of pending rti appeals before the pune
bench of the state information commission (sic), kuvalekar has started
an innovative method by which an applicant and a pio as well as the
appellate officer are brought together. the purpose is to bring about a
reconciliation and the appeal is disposed off on the lines of
loknyayalaya. during such camps, both the parties have to fill a form by
which they have to make it clear whether they had reached a
During such a special camp held in sangli on may 14, an appeal by
sahadev zende (miraj district sangli) against the appellate authority i.
e. sub- registrar, cooperative institutes, hatkanangale (district-
kolhapur) and pio i. e. chairman of the primary teachers' credit
cooperative society, vadgaon (district- kolhapur) was taken up for
While scrutinising such forms filed during the camp, the sic, pune bench
office found that the applicant, pio and the appellate authority had
mentioned that they had reached an 'agreement'. they had also mentioned
that 'rs.1500 was given to the applicant for appeal and other expenses.'
kuvalekar has taken a serious note of this bizarre agreement and has
recently issued an order against it. he has noted that a pio giving
rs1500 to the applicant for expenses indirectly means that the pio has
been fined. but the power to fine the pio for not following rti
provisions was only with the information commissioner.
He said in the order that reaching an agreement, in this manner by
financial transaction, was improper. the sic had taken a serious note of
this and cancelled the decision. he has ordered the applicant to return
rs1500 to the pio and has asked both the parties to send a compliance
report to the sic.
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