While on the one hand the municipal corporation does not have enough funds for developmental works in the city, on the other hand it is squandering money by not providing proper information under the Right to Information Act.
The matter came to light after the civic body was penalised by the state information commission and directed to pay Rs 15,000 in three cases in a single day for delay in providing information under the RTI Act.
The state information commission on June 4 had penalised MC for not providing information to RTI activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira. Interestingly all three orders were given on the same day.
“The appellant had taken stand that he had received all information except relating to terms and conditions of tender, copy of technical bids and comparative statement of technical bids. The respondent was directed to provide its response about the deficiencies pointed out by the appellant within one week's time. Till date no compliance of the directions given in the order of this commission dated April 11 has been made by the respondent,” stated the order.
“Ludhiana MC is directed to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation to the appellant within one week's time through bank draft to be sent through registered post,” the orders stated.
In another case, commission stated that the appellant had submitted that the directions given by it on April 11 had not been complied with, and the appellant was facing harassment and detriment due to the delay in supply of the information and he may be compensated. The MC was again directed to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation to the appellant within one week's time.
In the third order by the commission, in which Raj Kumar, municipal town planner (MTP), was present, MC was asked to pay Rs 5,000 to Khaira.