RTI reply - Slum notification file goes missing
In October, 1985, the government of Goa had issued a notification declaring some 7,000 sq m area at Monte Hill, Tolsanzor as slums under the Slum Areas (Improvement and Clearance) Act, 1956.
In a reply to an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the deputy collector (revenue) of the South Goa collectorate has confirmed that the file concerning the 1985 notification cannot be traced.
The information in the said file is important as it would demarcate the original notified slum area and its boundary at a time when the anti-encroachment move of the state government is on. The reply points to poor record maintenance in the public offices.