Khan issues summons to officials’ bosses
GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS continue to adopt a lackadaisical attitude towards the Right To Information Act (RTI). On Monday, however, the ‘babus’ had to face music at the hands of the Chief Information Commissioner Justice MA Khan, who reviewed the progress of requests for information made by people under the RTI to them.
Khan pulled up officials for not coming prepared with the facts of the case and asked them to send their respective bosses next time round to the hearing. An officer on special duty at the LDA was particularly hauled up by the CIC after he failed to give a proper reply to the query raised by one Chitra Kumar. On an application under RTIA, Kumar had asked LDA to explain on what basis he was not allotted a plot.
“You are not fit even to be clerk,” Khan told the OSD even as he issued summons of personal appearance to LDA Secretary RB Yadav postponing the matter for Tuesday. Likewise, summons have also been issued to principle secretary Irrigation and secretary Irrigation Anant Kumar Singh, who have been asked to appear before the commission on July 24 and July 10, respectively, for not complying with the CIC’s order.
Khan said warrants would be issued against all those who do not appear on the fixed date. In all, 11 cases came up for hearing. Of these, while two each belonged to the PWD, Irrigation and Health department, one each related to the LDA, Sahkari Sugar Mill, Basic Education Department, Power and United India Insurance. Besides, 18 fresh complaints against irrigation, revenue, medical, power and other development agencies were registered by the CIC. Khan said that the complaints along with the response of the department concerned should be given in two copies by the applicants to ensure early disposal.