A day after Hindustan Times reported that municipal commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma had not heard a single RTI application since he joined office a month ago, the official on Saturday held a meeting to discuss the status of applications received by the civic body under the Right to Information Act.
Being the first appellate authority (FAA) for Ludhiana, Verma is responsible for taking action on RTI appeals. He, however, did not conduct even a single hearing, a body of RTI activists had alleged in a complaint to the chief information commissioner.
But on Saturday, the municipal commissioner sat down with his colleagues and discussed various RTI applications. "The commissioner discussed several cases of RTI and 18 appeals that were filed by different people," RTI cell superintendent KP Singh said.
Singh said nearly 50 cases were discussed in a "long meeting" between the commissioner and other officials.
"Measures for speedy disposal of the cases and other issues related to the RTI were also discussed," Singh said.
He commissioner and other officials also discussed how to dispose of RTI applications at a fast pace. The meeting, sources said, began in the morning continued till late in the afternoon.