Tuesday, July 19, 2016

RTI APPLICANT ASKED TO PAY RS 1,09,520 FOR INFO Monday, 18 July 2016 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar

RTI APPLICANT ASKED TO PAY RS 1,09,520 FOR INFO
Monday, 18 July 2016 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar
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In an interesting development, an RTI applicant was asked to deposit Rs 1,09,520 to get the information he has sought from the Balangir Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies’  (DRCS) Public Information Officer (PIO).
Shankar Prasad Panigrahi of the district had sought information from DRCS office on different points on June 17.
He sought information on the total number of profit and loss-making Primary Agriculture and Credit Coperative Society (PACS); details of profit and loss making PACS, names of the Secretaries/CEOs appointed there and whether they belong to cadre posts and the total number of PACS they visited and the inspection report by the present DRCS.
Almost after a month of the submission of the application, the DRCS office sent a letter to Panigrahi asking him to deposit Rs 1,09,520 so that  the information could be supplied  to him.
The DRCS office categorised the expenditures like Rs 40,320 for Xerox copies of  audit report of 224 PACS, Rs 44,480 for man-days charge, Rs 22,400 for transportation cost, Rs 2,000 for registration post.
“I had asked for simple information of profit and loss-making PACS which could have been given in a paper. Moreover why should I bear the expense of a person engaged to collect information from all PACS and its transportation charges?” questioned the petitioner.

Moreover, the RTI reply does not mention about the inspection reports of the present DRCS MN Das, said the petitioner.

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