Information regarding the non-delivery of ‘aadhar card’ - Respondent: preservation period for records relating to speed post is six months - CIC: u/s 19(8)(b) of the RTI Act, compensation of Rs 250 awarded for the inconvenience caused to him
The appellant has sought the information regarding the non-delivery of the article no.UE295638697IN dated 18/04/2012.
Grounds for the Second Appeal: The CPIO has not provided the desired information.
Relevant Facts emerging during Hearing: The following were present
Appellant: Mr. Bhoo Prakash Gautam appellant’s representative
Respondent: Mr. Prashant Kumar Singh CPIO’s representative
The appellant’s representative stated that the appellant’s “Aadhar Card” which was sent by speed post on 18/04/2012 has not been delivered. The CPIO’s representative stated that the preservation period for records relating to speed post is six months and the information is not available. The appellant produced a copy of letter dated 04/03/2013 wherein the postal authorities have assured to obtain the “Aadhar card”. He stated that some compensation should be awarded for the harassment caused to him.
From the foregoing it is apparent that the appellant has not received his ‘Aadhar Card’ inspite of assurance by the postmaster. For the inconvenience caused to him, he deserves to be compensated. Therefore, in exercise of the powers vested in the CIC in Section 19(8)(b) In its decision, the Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the case may be, has the power to require the public authority to compensate the complainant for any loss or other detriment suffered; of the RTI Act we direct the Department to compensate him by an amount of Rs.250/- for the inconvenience and detriment caused to him. Accordingly, the CPIO should ensure that this amount is remitted to the appellant by demand draft/pay order within 30 days from the date of receipt of this order. The appeal is disposed of accordingly.
Citation: Mr. Vinod Kumar V. Department of Posts in File No. CIC/BS/A/2014/900229/6502