Propaganda in Mass Media about Seizure of huge quantity of Dal from Black-marketers by the officials of Govt. of Odisha is false and sheer deception.
In view of the price rise in Dal in the month of August, September and October’15, the officials of Food Supply and Consumer Welfare Department were found conducting raid and seizing huge quantity of Dal from Black-marketer and the whole-sellers involved in hoarding in different locations of the state. Mass Media highlighted this news. The common people and the consumers got delighted and thanked Govt. for this exercise. However, the sky rocketing price of Dal remained same and the Consumers still continue to suffer. Dal is hardly found in poor man’s food menu. During that time nobody has also raised question about status of seizure of Dal, Action Taken against the hoarders etc.
To explore it, RTI Application dated 29.10.15 was submitted to the PIO, Dept. of Food Supply and Consumer Welfare , Govt. of Odisha seeking information about details of quantity of Dal seized by State Govt. from different areas in the state, date of Dal being seized
its present status. If the seized dal is sold in the market, what was the price fixed. Name of the agency or the individual given the seized Dal for sale.
On 2.11.15, my RTI Application was forwarded to the PIO, In-charge of Enforcement Section, Department of Food Supply and Consumer Welfare to provide the information directly to the applicant. It needs to be mentioned here that as per section 7(1) of the RTI Act, the PIO is required to supply the information within 30 days.
Finding no response from the PIO and considering it as denial of information, First appeal was filed to the First Appellate Authority (FAA) on 28.12.15 to hear the case and direct the PIO to supply the information free of cost. Though one month passed, the FAA has not yet disposed the case.
It is proved that the PIO is not supplying the information because it is not available in the Dept. The exercise conducted by the officials of the Dept was eye-wash exercise and designed to deceive the people.
This is the true character of the State Government.