Friday, August 6, 2010

5th Pillar files RTI, in respect to Patta allocation

5th Pillar had sent a RTI Representation to the Public Information Officer, Taluk Office,Ambattur, in respect of a patta allocation to one Mr. Desigan of Chennai-82, on 20th November, 2009. The letter has been received by him on the 1st December, 2009. Since no reply was received from him even after 55 days, an appeal was sent to the Appellate Authority of the same Office on the 25th January, 2010. Since there was no reply from the Appellate Authority , an appeal was sent to the Chief Information Commissioner, at Teynampt, on the 24th February, 2010.
The Chief Information Commissioner, in his letter dated 6th July, 2010 summoned Mr. Jayaselvan, the applicant and the Public Information Officer, Taluk Office, Ambattur to appear before the Commission on the 15th of July, 2010. This is the first time that the 5th Pillar has been called for an enquiry by the Commission based on an appeal preferred by the Organization. Accordingly, Mr. K.Bhanu Kumar, Executive Director, and Mr. Jayaselvan, RTI Coordinator of 5th Pillar appeared before the Commission with the connected records. The Public Information Officer, Ambattur was also present. The Information Commissioner Mr. Srinivasan, conducted detailed enquiries and furnished the following observations in his Proceedings NO. 5465/Enquiry/2010 dated 15.7/2010.

1. The Public Information Officer should furnish the details called for in the representation within 10 days of the receipt of the Proceedings. and inform the fact to the Commission.

2. The District Collector, Tiruvallore has been requested to show cause to the Public Information Officer, why action should not be taken against him under Section 20 (1) of the Right to Information
Act, for not providing replies to the RTI representation and for the appeal to the Appellate Authority.

The concerned party, in this case Mr. Desigan was very happy and relieved. Successes like this is always a motivation to move forward.

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