Issuance of Lal Dora certificate to villagers by Department of Revenue
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Department of Revenue (DoR) seeking information with respect to Lal dora/ Extended Abadi certificate in respect of Nathupura village. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided information to the appellant. The First Appellate Authority (FAA) informed that the PIO already provided the reply and stated that the said village has been declared as Aabadi vide notification dated 18.11.83 and thus no Lal dora certificate can be issued for this village.
During the hearing the before Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondent clarified that no Lal Dora certificate has been issued in the said village after 1983 and therefore copies of such Lal Dora certificates pertaining to the years after 1983 could not be provided to the appellant. The appellant produced some Lal Dora certificates which were issued in year 1990 2001 and 2002 etc. to some individuals and wanted to know whether these certificates were issued legally or otherwise since they have all been issued after 1983. The respondent stated that he is not aware of issuance of any such certificates.
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Under section 18(2) Where the Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the case may be, is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to inquire into the matter, it may initiate an inquiry in respect thereof. of the RTI Act, the Commission remitted the case to the FAA with the direction to enquire into the matter of issuance of Lal Dora certificates as contented by the appellant and to take appropriate action based on the outcome of the enquiry. The CIC also directed the appellant to share copies of the certificates produced with the FAA. The CIC directed the FAA to provide a copy of the enquiry report along with action taken based on the outcome of the enquiry to the appellant.
Citation: Mr. Dani Ram Goyal v. Department of Revenue in File No: CIC/AD/A/2013/00262
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1278
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