गुरुवार, 5 जुलाई 2018

Inefficiency of Sashi Prava Bindhani, SIC was again exposed


Inefficiency of Sashi Prava Bindhani, SIC was again exposed, Copy of decision sent to Appellant after one year of disposal
Dear friends
Under Right to Information Act, the Information Commission is the independent, autonomous and final adjudicating body entrusted with primary function of hearing and disposal of complaint and Second Appeal cases filed by the citizens. As per section 19(8) of the RTI Act, the decision of Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the case may be, shall be binding. The Commission is also empowered to impose penalty on erring PIO and recommend disciplinary proceedings against the PIO in case of persistent violation of RTI Act by him.

So, the effective implementation of RTI Act depends on effectiveness of the Information Commissioners and their efficiency to hear and dispose the case properly and ensure justice  to the aggrieved  Information-seekers.  If the Information Commissioners will be inefficient, callous and lethargic, RTI Act will, no doubt take silent burial and the citizens will be harassed and suffer.  Timely hearing and disposal of the cases is the most important work of the Information Commission. If it does not happen, the people will not only lose their faith on RTI but  the state  will push to disaster.  

I cite here an example how an appellant is harassed and frustrated due to lethargic work of a Information Commissioner of Odisha.

1.    On 18.1.14, Sri Radha Krishna Ram had filed RTI Application (9437920981) to  the PIO, Dept. of Housing and Urban Development , Govt. of Odisha seeking information about details of  steps taken  by the Dept. as per direction of the Information Commission dt. 3.5.2012 in Complaint Case No. 2119 and 1695/10.
2.    Finding no information from the PIO, he made first appeal and then Second Appeal to Odisha Information Commission. The case was registered as Second Appeal No. 1800/2014.  
3.    After 3 years, the case was heard by Smt. Sashi Prava Bindhani, State Information Commissioner on 20.3.17. The appellant was supplied the information. The Commission disposed  the case on 19.4.17. and appraised  the appellant that  the copy of decision will be sent  by post. The appellant waited   to get the copy for a long period.   
4.    After  around one year, the Commission had sent  the  copy  of the order on 9.5.18.  It  is  perceived  that  as  the Information Commissioner  could not write  the decision, the staff of the Commission could not  despatch the copy of the same.
5.    Each  Information Commissioner is getting Rs. 2,50,000.00 salary  per month and other allowances like house rent, free vehicle  etc.  When  the State  Govt. spends  such a huge  amount of salary and other perks,  the  citizens  have right to question  and monitor  how he or she delivers.  Sri  Radha Krishna Ram, a senior and respected  citizen of Banpur block of Khurda district  had filed  complaint  to Governor, Odisha  under section 17 of the Act  against Sashi Prava Bindhani  seeking an inquiry  and quick  action  against her  in order to save RTI from her clutches.

( It is circulated in the  public interest as per request of aggrieved appellant)

Pradip Pradhan
M-9937843482
Date-6.7.18  

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