CIC asks for explanation from SGH Horti over RTI reply delay

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
TURA, Oct 02: The Chief Information Commissioner, PB Warjri has sought answers from the Horticulture department of South Garo Hills, to show cause as to why the department should not be penalized for failing to provide answers to the RTI sought by the AYWO.
The AYWO had filed a complaint with the CIC after being given the run around by the department for close to 6 months with multiple attempts to seek information being nullified due to the officers unwilling to provide the reply to them. The department had even threatened to file a case against the NGO for seeking an RTI on various schemes.

A complaint to the CIC had been filed by the NGO on July 23 with the CIC hearing the case on September 19. They had filed the RTI on March 6, 2018.
“The applicant went to the office in Baghmara, SGH after the statutory period of 30 days was over to enquire on the information. The office assistant replied that the person who received the application had been transferred and the application had been misplaced. On hearing this, the applicant filed a fresh application. However the office assistant refused to accept the application stating that the PIO was not in office,” the CIC inquiry stated.
Further when the applicant tried once again to talk to the UDA to receive the application, the same was again refused as the applicant was asked to wait for the PIO.
“There is sufficient ground for inquiry into this instant complaint,” stated the CIC.
A notice to show cause has now been issued to the Horticulture PIO as well as the UDA. Further the office will now have to explain as to why a penalty should not be awarded to them for failing to provide the information in time as well as the refusal of the UDA to receive the RTI.
The proceedings of the same hearing were sent to the AYWO (CGB) through post and only received on Monday, October 1.


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