RTI application seeking JE’s report that the house is ready for occupation
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) act with the Public Works Department (PWD) and wanted to know about the status of house as to whether it was fit to live in or not, details of the repairs that have been undertaken in that house. He also sought the JE’s report confirming that the house is ready for occupation. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed the applicant that the applicant himself had taken possession of the particular house and that separate lists of jobs undertaken in different quarters are not maintained by the Public Authority. Later on the directions of the First Appellate Authority (FAA) he again replied and stated that the applicant had taken possession of the house only after he must have found it to be fit to live in. He also enclosed a list of repairs undertaken in the house.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant stressed on obtaining the JE’s report indicating that the appellant’s quarter was fit to live in.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the PIO to furnish any such report that is available in the records from the JE clearly stating that the said Quarters are fit to live in. If such records are not available, the PIO should to categorically inform the appellant about the nonavailability of any such report. The CIC also recommended that the JE should assess the status of the house once again and inform the appellant in writing whether the flat is fit to live in or not.
Citation: Mr. Sanjay Kumar v. The Public Works Department O/o the Executive Engineer Civil Bhawan Maintenance Division in File No: CIC/AD/A/2012/001467
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/647
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