The action taken by DERC to refund the cost of old meters
The appellant had written two letters through which he requested DERC to instruct the DISCOMs to refund the cost of old meters in the light of PGC proceedings dt. 19.1.11. Through a RTI application, he sought information about action taken on his letters including the reasons for the delay. The Public Information Officer (PIO) stated that the applicant sought the opinion of the PIO and that the PIO is not obligated to provide information against questions with prefixes such as why, what, when and whether. On appeal, the First Appellate Authority (FAA) ruled that the PIO has conveyed the factual position to the Applicant and informed the appellant of the various channels available for redressal in case he has a specific grievance.
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During the hearing, the respondent submitted to the Central Information Commission that the action taken by them upon the receipt of the PGC judgment has already informed to the appellant. It was also submitted that the DERC is not the agency which is expected to take action against DISCOMs for violation of Regulations according to the Electricity Act, although in the interest of the public seek, the DERC seeks information/explanation from the DOSCOMs.
From the respondent’s submission, the Commission noted that all available information has been furnished. However, the Commission directed the PIO to inform the appellant formally in writing that no specific action has been taken by the DERC in the Appellant’s case while giving reasons for the same.
Citation: Shri Bhawani Shankar v. Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission in file no CIC/AD/A/2012/000241
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/129
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