Information regarding the recommendations for Padma Shree Awards to persons working for persons afflicted by leprosy and/or disability – CIC: recommendations made in the field of social work and list of persons actually selected for Awards to be disclosed
Shri Ramesh Chhabra, hereinafter called the appellant has filed the present appeal dated 30.8.2012 before the Commission against the respondent Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), New Delhi for not providing complete and satisfactory information in response to his RTI application dated 19.3.2012. The appellant was absent whereas the respondent were represented by Smt. Shyamala Mohan, Director (A&V).
2. The appellant through his RTI application dated 19.3.2012 requested for information on the recommendations for Padma Shree Awards to persons working for persons afflicted by leprosy and/or for the persons with disability as defined under PWD Act-1995 during the period 2007-2012. In this respect he wanted to know the names addresses of the persons recommended for award of Padma Shree Awards, names, addresses of persons recommending the particular individuals, bio-data and brief of the activities of the persons recommended, details of shortlisted persons recommended for Padma Shree Award. The CPIO vide letter No. 24/93/2012-Public dated 30.4.2012 informed the appellant that Padma Awards are broadly given in ten different fields i.e. Arts, Social Work, Public Affairs, Trade and Industry, Science & Engineering, Medicine, Literature and Education, Sports, Civil Service and others. No sub field wise data is maintained by the MHA.
3. Since the appeal has been filed before receipt of the CPIO’s reply, the FAA vide order dated 1.6.2012 has disposed of the appeal by providing a copy of the CPIO’s reply.
4. In his second appeal filed before the Commission, the appellant submits that incomplete information has been provided to him and no satisfactory order has been passed by the FAA.
5. Having considered the submissions of the parties and perused the documents on file, the Commission hereby directs the CPIO to provide the appellant with recommendations made for Padma Shree Awards in the field of social work and list of persons actually selected for Padma Shree Awards for the period 2007 to 2012, in case it is available in records and not destroyed as per MHA’s retention schedule within four weeks of receipt of this order.
Citation: Shri Ramesh Chhabra v. Ministry of Home Affairs in Case No. CIC/SS/A/2012/003197