When can the subsistence allowance be paid to a suspended employee?
The appellant was a Sister Grade II (Male) in AIIMS. He was placed under suspension on and claimed that after suspension he was not paid subsistence allowance for as long as 08 months which resulted in acute financial hardship to him. He filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) seeking to know the time frame within which subsistence allowance is payable to a suspended employee as per prevailing rules and whether the said rules have been observed in his case. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided some information to the appellant.
The appellant and the respondent did not participate in the hearing before the Central Information commission (CIC). The Commission perused the records available and observed that the PIO had informed the appellant that the subsistence allowance was provided to the appellant after completing the procedure, the Government of India rules on the subject. The CIC held that the PIO has not mentioned as to what the rules are and whether the rules provide any time frame within which the subsistence allowance is to be paid to the appellant and whether there has been any violation of these rules in this particular case.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the PIO to provide the above information to the appellant along with the copy of the calculation sheet relating to the fixation of subsistence allowance.
Citation: Mr. Pramod Kumar Baldev v. All India Institute of Medical Science in File No. CIC/LS/A/2012/002501
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1026
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