Information related to clearance of a Cheque - informed that the cheque has been cleared – interested demanded for a delay of two years in collecting the cheque – CIC: consider the appellant’s representation for payment of interest for the delayed period
The appellant had sought information related to a Cheque no. AG-597415 dated 18/02/2010 of Rs. 74,448/- deposited on 05/03/2010 to account no. 402768:
1- Whether the above cheque was cleared after verification.
2- If not yet verified/cleared then what is the reason?
3- Who are the responsible officers for clearing the cheque and what action has been taken against them?
4- Now within how many days the cheque will be cleared/ payment will be made.
Grounds for the Second Appeal:
The PIO has not given the satisfactory information.
The CPIO stated that in response to the appellant’s RTI application dated 20/12/2011, information as available on record, was furnished vide letter dated 17/01/2012 and thereafter on receipt of the FAA’s order dated 22/02/2012 further information was provided vide letter dated 09/03/2012 confirming that the cheque has been cleared and the appellant’s account has been credited with the amount of Rs.74478/- on 20/01/2012. The appellant’s representative agreed that the information has been provided but pointed out that there was a two year delay in collecting the cheque; hence, interest should be given. The CPIO stated that in case the appellant makes a separate claim for interest the matter can be considered as per extant guidelines. The appellant’s representative stated that he will immediately make a representation as aforesaid.
The information has been provided to the appellant. However, as stated by the CPIO he should consider the appellant’s representation for payment of interest for the delayed period and convey the decision of the competent authority within 30 days from the date the said representation is received.
The appeal is disposed of accordingly.
Citation: Ms. Urmila Devi v. Department of Posts in File No. CIC/BS/A/2012/000548/3051