Municipal corporation (MC) has claimed that an important register containing information about purchase of furniture, curtains and other items for the mayor’s office has gone missing.
A city-based Right to Infor mation (RTI) activist, Parminder Singh Jagdeo, had sought information under the RTI Act 2005 from the corporation about money spent on new furniture and other items at the mayor’s office when former mayor, Hakam Singh Giaspura was elected and also after current mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria assumed office.
When Jagdeo did not get information even after filing an RTI application, he appealed to first appellate authority. Now, the MC has claimed that a clerk took away the concerned register by mistake.
In its reply to Jagdeo, the MC has claimed that the register contains a record of last 12 years and it was given to the audit branch for bill clearance. The MC’s reply also stated that as and when they found this register, they would forward the required information to the seeker. The MC further said a circular was also issued regarding the missing register.
“I wanted to find out about items which were purchased when both the current and former mayors were elected. But the MC failed to provide any details and is now saying that the register which contains this information is missing. I had filed an RTI application in the month of February and the appeal in April,” said Jagdeo.
Sources said furniture and other items, worth lakhs, were purchased during Giaspura’s tenure and even in Gohalwaria’s term.
Another RTI activist, Kuldeep Singh Khaira said new furniture was purchased without selling the old pieces.
The MC should bring transparency on the matter concerning as to how such a large sum was paid for new furniture without selling off old furniture, when the new mayor was elected, he added.