MCD lacks records of its closed schools, draws ire of CIC
Pointing out that MCD's actions in not keeping records of schools closed by it contrasted with the government's objectives under the Right to Education Bill, the CIC has directed the civic body to furnish the details sought by an RTI petitioner.delhi Updated: Jun 21, 2010 17:12 IST
Pointing out that MCD's actions in not keeping records of schools closed by it contrasted with the government's objectives under the Right to Education Bill, the CIC has directed the civic body to furnish the details sought by an RTI petitioner.
The case relates to an RTI application filed by one Sanjay Gupta who wanted to know the number of schools closed down by the civic body and the officials who passed such orders.
Not getting satisfactory response from the corporation, Gupta reached the transparency panel with an appeal.
"The respondent (MCD) states that it does not even have records as to how and when the schools are being closed and on what authority. The Commission realises that this is the level of importance which MCD gives to its extremely important functions to provide education to the children," Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi lamented.
MCD school inspector Jai Chand Srohiya who represented the civic body during the hearing also said he had no means to get information about the schools which have been closed.
"He (Gupta) states that there is a crying need for education for children and the municipal corporation is giving away its buildings and properties and closing down the schools.
"When contrasted with the government's objectives under Right to Education Bill this seems to indicate lack of any serious purpose in MCD," Gandhi mentioned in his order, directing the Additional Commissioner (Education), MCD, Janak Diggal to provide the information.
First Published: Jun 21, 2010 17:08 IST