The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) administrator has directed all the officials to reply to all Right to Information (RTI) applications within 15 days and with appropriate answers.
“If you fail to answer or delay the query deliberately, that would amount to contempt of RTI Act and will be liable for disciplinary action," Praveen Kumar told officials during a hearing on RTI applications on Wednesday.
The administrator's direction came after scores of applicants went to the Sector 14 office and complained that officials were not giving correct answers despite muliple RTIs being filed by them.
The administrator directed the officials of the estate office, chief accounts, horticulture, town planning and engineering to reply to queries within 15 days of receiving the applications.
During the hearing, an applicant alleged that he had visited the office several times to verify whether Huda had received his application, but no one bothered to answer him.
"Give him all the answers… he has every right to know,” the administrator told the concerned official.
Similarly, an applicant who had come from Delhi, told HT that his query about the status of his plot was never attended by the concerned official.
“I booked a plot in 2006 at Sector 57. But till date, I have got no plot on ground. I filed an RTI to get to know about the status of my plot.
After repeated attempts, I finally met the administrator who has directed the town planning department to reply to my queries," said Satish Kumar.