The Central Information Commission would issue notices to errant MCD officials for their failure to put up boards displaying the expenditure out of Local Area Development Scheme funds in several wards.
A team comprising Dhirendra Kumar, deputy secretary, CIC and Vinod Kumar, an MCD representative, inspected 12 spots in south Delhi on Tuesday and found such boards missing from three places. Of the rest, six boards mentioned only the total amount spent from the councillor's fund while three boards were in English. The Central Information Commission (CIC) had issued a directive for display of such boards — in Hindi, visible to everyone and with all the required details — in each of the MCD wards.
The team inspected Malviya Nagar, Shahpur Jat, Greater Kailash II, Vasant Kunj and Hauz Rani among other areas and found that CIC directives were not being followed.
At the MCD office in Greater Kailash II (Chirag Dilli ward, number 189), a small board showed the name of the councillor and total funds spent in the past two years, and instead of work details the MCD website address was mentioned. At Soami Nagar, a drawing sheet pasted inside the MCD office showed details of works for Shahpur Jat area (ward number 191), but in English.
An MCD official cited paucity of space, rains and theft as some of the reasons for non-implementation of the CIC directives in this regard. "You cannot give out the whole information on a small board. Details on a drawing sheet were washed away by rain. Several boards have been stolen, " he said. Dhirendra Kumar said notices would be issued to the errant officials.
The inspections had come on a plea by Anjali Bhardwaj of Satark Nagarik Sangathan. "There is absolutely no transparency. Either the money remains unspent, or even if given out it is for non-priority works."