CIC slams PWD for no info on illegal occupants in govt flats
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Last Updated: Friday, July 23, 2010, 18:46
New Delhi: CIC has pulled up Public Works Department for not keeping information related to illegal occupants in government flats.

"The Commission finds this very distressing that for a serious charge like illegal occupation of government flats, no attention has been paid in spite of the appellant bringing this to the notice of the public authority.

"Citizens will despair of any correction in governance if public authorities continue to adopt an attitude where they refuse to see major illegalities," Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said in his order.

Exercising the Right to Information Act, Dinesh Sharma filed an application asking PWD to provide information related to allotment of houses of type 1,2,3 and 4 in Gulabi Bagh government colony in New Delhi.

The applicant had alleged illegal occupancy in a number of houses in the colony.

Dissatisfied over the incomplete information given by both the Public Information Officer (PIO) and the First Appellate Authority (FAA), Sharma moved the Central Information Commission.

While hearing the matter, the Commission pointed out that the appellant has complained that 957 flats out of a total of 2,128 flats are illegally occupied by unauthorised persons.

"The PIO has given a list of only about 1,200 flats, mentioning the people who are in occupation and most of the flats where the appellant alleges illegal occupation are not covered in that," the order said.

"The respondent states that the process of computerisation is on and, very conveniently, only records of about 1,200 flats have been computerised and the rest are not on the list.

"... The respondent states that they are so busy with Commonwealth Games that they have no time to look at matters like illegal occupation of government property... The Commission hopes that some senior officer will look at this and take appropriate action," he remarked.

The Commission has also directed PWD to allow the appellant to inspect records of the total of 2,128 flats.


First Published: Friday, July 23, 2010, 18:46

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