Issue of license for storing explosives and sale of firecrackers under RTI
The appellant sought information pertaining to issuance of license to a person for storing explosives and sale of firecrackers. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed the appellant that due to a fire accident record files of firecrackers licenses were not traceable. The appellant stated that he was the owner of the above mentioned property and that to his knowledge the ground floor was being used to store and sell firecrackers whereas the first floor was being used as residence having kitchen and gas connection which was a safety hazard for shoppers and other shopkeepers. The respondent submitted that as per their record, the previous licence for storing of firecrackers and explosives had already expired. The respondent also submitted that he would refer the matter to the Chief Fire Officer in larger public interest.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the respondent to make efforts to trace out records as held by them for the period 2000 – to date and provide the same to the appellant. The Commission also ordered the PIO to provide a photocopy of the F I R registered for the loss of the particular file which held the records sought by the appellant.
Citation: Mr. Chander Mohan Sharma v. O/o the Deputy Commissioner in Appeal: No. CIC/DS/A/2011/002118
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/282
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