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  • Monday, 3 April 2017

    RTI pleas on pension issues should be decided in 48 hrs: CIC

     Business Standard
     Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 
    Right to information (RTI) applications seeking details should be replied to within 48 hours as it pertains to the "life and liberty" of the elderly, the Central Information Commission has held as it pitched for early redressal of such grievances.
    The Commission also directed that if an application is a genuine grievance of a pensioner, steps should be initiated within 48 hours to redress it.
    The directive of Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu will come to the aid of over 58 lakh central government pensioners.
    Acharyulu in a recent order held that the information pertaining to of a person pertains to his/her life and liberty which is mandated to be replied to within 48 hours as per the Act.
    He said the moment an application on issue is received, there should be a mechanism at the entry stage to discover and identify if it reflects a related grievance.
    He said it should be brought to the notice of the responsible officer by the CPIO on the same day and if it is a genuine case, the grievance should be addressed. The result should be communicated within 48 hours, followed by redressal within 30 days.
    Acharyulu said considering the "living needs" of elderly pensioners, it is important that records of their dues should be considered as "life and liberty" related information under the Act.
    "The moment application on issue is received, there should be a mechanism at the entry stage to discover and identify if it reflects a related grievance/issue and should be acted upon immediately," Acharyulu said in his directives to Employees' Provident Fund Office, Raipur.
    He said all the cases relating to delay in fixation and payment of and also arrears shall be dealt with urgently, considering them as request for information concerning the life or liberty under section 7(1) of Act.
    "Any grievance regarding these issues should also be treated as 'right to life' under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution and the public authorities shall do all the needful to address the issue within 48 hours," the Information Commissioner said.
    Acharyulu said some authorities say that unless an imminent danger is there to life or liberty, this clause cannot be invoked.
    "It is an extraneous extension of imagination without any basis. The expression used in the Act is simply 'where the information sought for concerns the life or liberty of a person', which should mean it is enough if it concerns the life or liberty. That need not be in imminent danger," he clarified in his order.
    He was adjudicating the case of one Amrika Bai who had filed an application seeking to know discrepancy in the payment of to her.
    When she could not get proper response, she approached the Commission questioning non-payment of arrears of in a time-bound manner.
    "The arrears involved is only an increase of 4 per cent on the basic of Rs 1,986, which comes to Rs 80. Though it is a very small amount it matters most for an old age appellant, who lost her husband and depends upon sons or daughters," Acharyulu said.

    3 comments :

    1. sir. arrear of delinking of 33 years pension arrear for pre 2006 retirees not yet credited in our account as I am drawing defence pension from central bank of India Mukerian (Punjab)
      what should I do
      pl suggest.
      thanks

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    2. As per my Central Bank of India (CBI) and Bank of India re the worse Banks in India as these two banks are appointed Reliance Team for getting the refund of Education loan from common and poor people since these two banks are severely and drastically harassing their parents (Victims) by means of making such letters to attend ADR Court , settle within 6 to 01 year or to pay at the earliest . This thing I seen in person at Kaloor Kochi as happened with my friend's family so my advise is in future please do not take any loan from any Banks especially from these two banks

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    3. sir. what types of measures can be taken to get arrear of 33 years DL pension as so many ESM not yet received arrear.
      can any guide please.

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