शुक्रवार, 13 जुलाई 2018

Dismal Performance of Odisha Disable Commission


Dismal performance in respect of hearing and disposal of cases by Odisha Disable Commission - A Report

Dear friends
The State Government has set up the office of the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities under  section 60 of the Persons with Disabilities  ( Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights & Full Protection ) Act, 1995 . The Commission has the mandate to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities  and ensure  them justice. Since 2015, Dr. Minati Behera  has been working State Disable Commissioner. As part of our activities  for monitoring of  performance of different public authorities, RTI Application was filed  to the PIO, office of State Disable Commissioner seeking information about  activities of the office of the Commission, cases head, disposed and pending  and  budget, salary, allowances of the Commissioner.  On  19.6.18, the PIO  has supplied  the information  which is presented below  with critical  comments.


1.       As  the primary  of the Commission is  to dispose  the complaint cases and  render justice  to the  victims, the  information about  number of cases heard and disposed  by the Commission was sought for.  The PIO  has supplied the  information.

Number of cases heard by Odisha Commissioner for persons with disabilities

Year
2015
2016
2017
2018
January

17
3

February

13
3
3
March


6

April


8

May
2

4

June
2
21
8

July
11
46
1

August

40
10

September
28
4
8

October
18
2
7

November
10
6
5

December
5
6
67


Comments
·          The Disable Commission has heard total number of 364 cases  within 3 years  ( March, 2015 to Feb. 2018).  It means   in an average, the Commission hears only 10 number of cases per month which is much lower to other Commissioners like Odisha Information Commission which  conducts hearing  of  250 cases in a month.
·          Within 3 years of her performance,  the  disable Commission has disposed 1837 cases . It means,  the Commission has disposed average 610 cases in a year. But Odisha Information Commission ( a single  Commissioner)  disposes 900 cases per year.  
·         Out of 1837 cases disposed by Disable Commission, 1473 cases have been disposed  with just speaking order to concerned  authorities without hearing of the case which is very  easy technique  followed  to reduce pendency  of the case.
·         But still, there are 733 complaint cases pending  in the disable Commission for  disposal.
·         How the complainants have  got the justice from speaking order,  that is the biggest question mark .

2.      Voluntary disclosure of information under RTI Act ?
Though implementation of RTI Act has completed 13 years, the Disable Commission has not  yet proactively  disclosed  information under  section 4(1) (b)  of the RTI Act. Even the PIO does not understand what is suo moto disclosure of information mandated under  RTI Act. The PIO  has not provided  any information. The first appeal has been filed .  No document  about  order of the Commission is available  in the website  which remains secretive and elusive.

3.      Salary  and allowances of Disable Commissioner
Within 3 years , the Disable Commissioner  has received  Rs.15,94,498.00 towards honorarium and house rent .
·         Honorarium Rs. 25,000/- per month received upto March 2016 ( 2015-16).
·         Honorarium Rs. 50,000.00 per month and House rent Rs. 10,000.00 PM , total 60,000.00 upto March 2017.
·         Honorarium Rs. 50,000.00 per month and House rent Rs. 10,000.00 PM , total 60,000.00 upto March 2018 ( 2017-18).

4.      The Commission has  not awarded  compensation  to any  victim.

( Hard  copy  of the document is available with me and can be supplied  on request)

Pradip Pradhan
M-9937843482
Date- 13.7.18

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