Using RTI for solving the issue of wrong form 16 A by PIB
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Press Information Bureau (PIB) wanted to know about the number of duties she had performed during a specific period and the tax deducted at source from her wages. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided information related with the total number of duties performed. After the first appeal, some further information was given about the tax deducted at source. The Appellant inaccuracies in the information provided and on being pointed out, the authorities issued a fresh Form 16A.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC) the appellant claimed that contrary to the information provided by the PIO, the tax amount was still not deposited with the income tax authorities.
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The Commission observed that the PIB had committed errors in issuing an important document like the Form 16A where they had wrongly mentioned the PAN number of the appellant. While reprimanding the PIB authorities, the CIC hoped that the PIB authorities would be careful in future. Regarding the TDS not been deposited with the income tax authorities, the CIC directed the PIB authorities to enquire into expeditiously and rectified the error. The PIO, PIB was directed to inform the appellant about her about the final settlement of the TDS amount including the proof that it is indeed deposited with the income tax authorities.
Citation: Ms. Shagufta Yasamin v. Press Information Bureau in File No.CIC/SM/A/2012/901055
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1108
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