Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mizoram RTI watchdog summons officials for refusing information

By Paritosh Chakma

Merinews, 16 Feb, 2011

THE MIZORAM State Information Commission on February 9, 2011 issued summon notices to three State Public Information Officers (SPIOs) under Section 19(3) of the Right to Information Act, 2005 to appear before it for refusing to provide information under the RTI Act.

The applicant, Paritosh Chakma had filed three separate RTI applications between July and October, 2010 seeking information about the appointment and dismissal of SSA teachers. He had also sought the list of beneficiaries, who have been provided flood relief in a village under Mamit district. But as per Chakma's contention, he was not provided the information even after filing of first appeal. The applicant was thus forced to approach the Mizoram State Information Commission.

The three officials,  who were summoned by the Mizoram Information Commission to explain their position are the SPIO, District Project Coordinator, SSA Mamit district; the SPIO, Office of the State Project Director, Mizoram SSA Mission, Aizawl; and the SPIO/SDO (Sadar), Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Mamit district. While the first two officials have been asked to appear before the MSIC in Aizawl on February 23, 2011, the other official has been asked to appear on February 24, 2011.

In its letter No.SA.22/2011-MSIC dated Aizawl, the February 9, 2011, the Mizoram State Information Commission has directed the three officials “to present the case and justify your position before the Mizoram State Information Commissioner, New Secretariat Complex, Aizawl” and “bring all relevant documents/connected papers, etc for examination.” 

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