Corporators resort to RTI queries for information on BMC
Alleging that the civic administration is not forthcoming with the information they seek, corporators are now resorting to Right To Information (RTI) queries.mumbai Updated: Dec 26, 2010 01:43 IST
Alleging that the civic administration is not forthcoming with the information they seek, corporators are now resorting to Right To Information (RTI) queries.
Corporators said even information sought in General Body meetings did not elicit a quick response.
The General Body is the highest authority in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, and is attended by all 227 elected corporators.
Recently, Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya had said it was not possible to reply to corporators’ queries within 30 days.
In August, Shiv Sena corporator from Bandra (E) Manmohan Chonkar demanded through a notice of motion in the law committee that Kshatriya reply within 30 days to letters or notices moved in General Body meetings.
Kshatriya, however, replied to the notice of motion only in December. “It is not possible to answer corporators’ queries within 30 days as the administration has to act on the issue they have raised first,” he said.
Chonkar countered by asking why, when RT queries can be answered within 30 days, corporators’ queries take longer.
“The administration replies to RTI queries within 30 days because the information is available with us. When it comes to corporators’ queries, we have to act on the matter first,” said Kshatriya.
A frustrated Chonkar sought information through an RTI query on Friday.
He said he would reveal what he had asked once he received the answer.
“I have been using the RTI for the last two years as asking for information in the General Body is a waste of time,” said Bhaskar Khursunge, a Nationalist Congress Party corporator.
Yashwant Jadhav, former chairman of the Market and Gardens Committee, said: “When I was chairman, I had to struggle for information even about my own department. Now I will seek information under the RTI instead of waiting for years for the civic chief to reply.”