Information regarding Lo Kar Lo Baat scheme - non receipt of reply & delay alleged by appellant - PIO: information had to be collected from SSAs which caused the delay - CIC: PIO should exercise due care to ensure that the information is furnished timely
The applicant wants the following information:-
1. Provide the name and designation of the officer on whose permission the LKLB (Lo Kar Lo Baat) scheme was accepted.
2. Provide the name and designation of the officer on whose permission the LKLB (Lo Kar Lo Baat) scheme was closed.
3. On whose approval was unlimited plan was again started. Provide the name and designation of the officer.
4. How many consumers are availing the facility of LKLB. Provide the number for the same.
5. Schemes mentioned in point 1. & 3.are assigned by CGM Bihar, BSNL Central President – New Delhi and Departmental Central Minister. Provide complete detail.
6. Whether any steps are being taken by the BSNL higher authorities of old customers in sr.01 to include them in sr.03.
7. How many consumers are in the scheme at sr. 01 in the Khagria district?
8. In how many states the scheme mentioned at sr. 01 & 03 are still continue.
9. Provide complete information as to whether scheme mentioned in sr. 01 has been income or loss venture. Provide complete details.
The appellant stated that he has not received the information sought in his RTI application dated 24/09/2012. The CPIO’s representative stated that the information has been forwarded by speed post vide letter dated 26/02/2014. The appellant contested stating that he has not received any such letter and pointed out that the information was much delayed. The CPIO explained that the appellant had sought information regarding the total connections provided under the ‘Lo Kar Lo Baat’ scheme and the information had to be collected from other SSAs which caused the delay. The appellant submitted that he is a journalist and had requested for the transfer of a land line telephone no. 226999 registered in the name of his wife Smt. Rekha but no action has been taken in the matter. The CPIO’s representative stated that he will direct the concerned SSA to take urgent action in the matter.
The CPIO is directed to forward a copy of the letter dated 26/02/2014 to the appellant forthwith. Further, as assured by the CPIO’s representative he should take appropriate steps to resolve the appellant’s grievance (viz. transfer of landline number 226999) at the earliest and in any case within 3 weeks. The CPIO is advised to exercise due care to ensure that the information is furnished timely to the RTI applicant(s) as per the provisions of the Act failing which penal proceedings under Section 20 may be initiated in future. The appeal is disposed of accordingly.
Citation: Mr. Shailendra Singh Tarkar v. BSNL in File No. CIC/BS/A/2013/000373/4676