Refund of fee due to delay in providing the information by the PIO
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) seeking details of the number of Work Orders and Completion Certificates issued by the Public Authority of Ward No. 178. The Public Information Officer (PIO) asked the appellant to deposit the photocopying charges for the available information.
During the hearing the before Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant submitted that full amount of Rs. 3110/– for obtaining 1555 pages of documents was deposited by him but he was provided with only 1000 pages of documents. The PIO stated that he has brought with him the photocopies of the balance 555 pages which could not be provided to the appellant on account of the fact that the dealing assistant had been transferred out. He had locked the concerned file in a cupboard without handing the same over to his successor and had failed to respond to several reminders sent to him in this regard.
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The Commission held that complete information has been furnished to the appellant. The CIC directed the PIO to refund the amount of Rs. 1110/- to the appellant holding that there has been a delay of some months in providing complete information.
Citation: Mr. Abdul Munaf v. South Delhi Municipal Corporation in Appeal: No. CIC/DS/A/2012/001706
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1196
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