Appellant was paid arrears of pension for 10 years & income tax was deducted on the entire amount - He claimed that the arrears should be spread over to relevant years and represented for relief - CIC: action taken on his representation to be provided
This matter pertains to an RTI application dated 11.9.2013 filed by the Appellant, seeking information regarding deduction of income tax on arrears paid to him. The CPIO responded on 27.9.2013. Not satisfied with the reply of the CPIO, the Appellant filed an appeal to the First Appellate Authority on 7.10.2013. Not having heard from the FAA, he filed second appeal dated 22.11.2013 to the CIC, which was received by the Commission on 27.11.2013.
2. The Appellant submitted that he was paid arrears of pension by the Respondents and income tax was deducted on the entire amount, which pertained to the period August 2003 to June 2013. He further submitted that as per income tax rules, the arrears pertaining to more than one year should be spread over to relevant years. He submitted that many representations were given to the Respondents to provide relief on Income Tax and to refund the tax on commuted value of pension and arrears of pension. The Appellant also stated that Rs. 24,158/was refunded, being tax on commuted value of pension, but no relief has been given on arrears. The Respondents submitted that they have provided to the Appellant the yearwise details of arrears of pension paid.
3. We have considered the records and the submissions made by both the parties before us. We note that the Appellant wanted to know the action taken on his representations at point No. 1 of his RTI application. We direct the CPIO to provide to the Appellant the complete information regarding the details of arrears paid monthwise from August 2003 to June 2013, along with deductions of tax and also the action taken on his representations, within twenty days of the receipt of this order, under intimation to the Commission. The information should be provided free of cost.
4. With the above directions and observations, the appeal is disposed of.
5. Copies of this order be given free of cost to the parties.
Citation: Shri S.C. Sharma v. Central Bank of India in File No. CIC/SH/A/2014/000048