Appellant: Shri Harsh Vardhan, MLA was reimbursed Rs 70,000/- for dental implant, while he was not - Respondent: dental implant are not reimbursable as per Medical Attendance Rules; reimbursement was allowed to MLA upon recommendation by MAIDS
Heard on 5.8.14. Appellant present. Respondent is represented by Dr.Virender Kumar and Dr.Arun Banerjee.
2. The Appellant filed an RTI application dt.6.3.13 with the PIO, A.R. Dept., GNCTD seeking information against four points vide respect to claim for dental implants i.e the rules under which MLA Harsh Vardhan had been paid Rs 70,000/- etc.
On not receiving any reply, the Appellant filed an appeal dt. Nil with the Appellate Authority. The Appellate Authority vide order dt.14.3.13 directed the PIO(RTI, DHS(HQ) to get question wise reply to appellant’s query and also to clearly mention the inadmissibility of dental implant reimbursement. On not receiving any reply, the Appellant filed a second appeal dt.16.7.13 before CIC.
3. During the hearing, the Appellant submitted that while Shri Harsh Vardhan, MLA was reimbursed for dental implant, he was not. The Respondent submitted that the file relating to Shri Harsh Vardhan came from legislative Assembly for technical opinion and since they do not have expertise, they have sought opinion from Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences and the reimbursement was allowed after the same was recommended by MAIDS. The Respondent also submitted that based on Medical Attendance Rules, dental implant are not reimbursable.
4. The Commission after hearing the submissions made directs the PIO to inform the Appellant in writing the submissions made by him during the hearing within three weeks of receipt of this order.
5. The appeal is disposed with the above direction.
(M. Sridhar Acharyulu)
Citation: Rakesh Chadha v. Health & Family Welfare Dept., GNCTD in Case No. CIC/DS/A/2013/001465SA