Appellant: He had provided complete address details of the address but the receipt only carried the name of the institute “Director, Centre for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS)” due to lack of space - CIC: Show cause notice issued to PIO for penalty
1. The appellant sought the date of delivery of letter of speed post registration slip ED 2254460941N from NIE Campus, New Delhi 100162, Evidence of delivery of letter, date wise details of movement of the letter. The CPIO replied on 27.11.2017 that the registered letter was delivered on 14.08.2017 and para-wise reply for remaining points. The Appellate Authority the response of CPIO.
2. The appellant stated that he had provided complete address details of the address but the receipt only carried the name of the institute “Director, Centre for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS)” due to lack of space. He stated that the institution was a reputed one and there was no scope for ambiguity regarding its address and also produced receipts of delivery of other registered posts which were delivered when the same address was mentioned. He alleged that he had sent his application for the permanent post of Research Associate.
3. Ms. Shivani Katoch, Inspector of Posts, submitted that the Postman had given the remark of ‘incomplete address’ whereas the date-wise movement of letter reflected that the Postman carried the letter to the CWDS on 13.08.2017, 14.08.2017 and 17.08.2017. She denied that the appellant mentioned the room number and the due to incomplete address the registered post could not be delivered.
4. The Commission finds that the CPIO has not furnished complete information to the appellant and due to non-delivery of the post within stipulated time, the appellant has lost an opportunity of employment.
5. The Commission directs the CPIO to provide revised response to the appellant along with reasons for delay in delivery, within ten days.
6. The Commission directs D.P. Singh, CPIO to show-cause why maximum penalty should not be imposed upon him for furnishing incomplete information. The Public Authority is required to explain why it should not be directed to pay compensation to the appellant for causing irreparable loss and detriment to him. The CPIOs are directed to submit the explanations, before 08.06.2018 and the matter is posted for compliance and penalty proceedings on 08.06.2018.
(M. Sridhar Acharyulu)
Central Information Commissioner
Citation:Shiv Prakash Katiyar v. Department of Posts in CIC/POSTS/A/2018/102684, Date of Decision – 02.05.2018