Biplab Kr Dey
TURA, Nov 25 – The Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) has denied information sought under the ambit of RTI, on the Transport budget for the year 2011-2012.
The refusal came as a one liner, with the GHADC Public Information Officer justifying it owing to the figure presented in the RTI not matching with the actual budget presented. However, on checking with the official budget session handbook, the numbers were found to be a perfect match!
The RTI applicant has filed a case against the PIO with the State Chief Information Commissioner. The applicant, Maxbirth G Momin, a member of AYWO, said the information they had been provided earlier too was incomplete. When they sought detailed information, the same was denied.
Maxbirth said in his complaint that, “On September 5 this year, I had sought information under RTI Act, 2005, regarding the Council official vehicles repairing expenditure and travel and tour expenditures of the CEM and other Council officials.
After 30 days, the information on Council officials vehicle repairing expenditure was furnished but the information given by the PIO of GHADC was incomplete. I sought the detailed clarification on an amount of Rs 1,31,92,700. This is the amount which was presented in the budget session of 2011-12 under Council official vehicles repairing expenditure. However, the official refused to give the information saying that the amount of Rs 1,31,92,700 was not presented in the budget session of 2011-12”.
“Even the information sought on the travel expenses of the CEM and other Council officials travel and tour expenditure has not been given, though two months have passed”, the complaint said.
These, he said were gross violations of the RTI Act and urged the SCIC to take immediate action against the erring officer to ensure the information is available under the public domain.