Utmost Secrecy is maintained in the matter of functioning of Judicial Commission by Home Department headed by Sri Nabin Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha
Tall Claim of Nabin Patnaik Govt. as most transparent Govt. was again proved false. The Home Department which is under the control of Chief Minister is not disclosing the information about functioning of Judicial Commissions, details of expenditure made for their functioning etc.
On 27.10.15, RTI Application was submitted to the PIO, Dept. of Home, Govt. of Odisha seeking information about functioning of Judicial Commission. The information sought for is as follows.
i. Provide copy of the Govt. Notification for constitution of Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Kalinga Nagar Police Firing, Kondhamal Riot and Chit Fund
ii. Provide copy of Terms of Reference for abovementioned three Judicial Commissions.
iii. Provide details of expenditure made for functioning of all abovementioned three Commissions.
iv. Provide information about details of salary/ remuneration/ honourarium / other perks given to Chairman of Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Chit Fund
v. Provide the date on which the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Kalinga Nagar and Kondhamal Riot submitted the report to Govt. and copy of Action Taken Report, if any made by the Govt. on these Reports.
Sri S. Hembram, PIO did not supply the information within 30 days i.e., statutory time limit fixed for supply of information under section 7(1) of the RTI Act. Finding no response, the first appeal was made to the First Appellate Authority, Department of Home to hear the appeal and dispose it with direction to the PIO to supply the information free of cost.
On 6.1.16, the First Appellate Authority heard the case and directed the PIO to supply the information within 10 days i.e., by 16th of Jan.16. Till today, the PIO has not supplied the information. On 18th Jan., I again wrote a letter to the FAA appraising him about non-compliance of his order. Till yet no response has been received from the FAA and the PIO of the Dept. of Home.
Now , the people must raise the question is it the transparency of Nabin Patnaik Govt.