The Punjab State Information Commission (PSIC) has indicted the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) for its refusal to supply the information sought by a Mohali-based senior citizen despite lapse of six months since the date of application made under the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005.
The PSICs order dated April 24 in the case of Tarlok Singh Chhabra versus the Public Information Officer (PIO) and Assistant Estate Officer (AEO) of PUDA notes that PUDA is yet to appoint an Appellate Authority under the RTIA. The failure of PUDA to appoint an Appellate Authority is a serious matter. Quite clearly, the provisions of the Act cannot be implemented by the Public Authority if the Apellatte Authority is not in position, said the order passed by Chief Information Commissioner Rajan Kashyap.
The PSIC has directed PUDA to supply the requisite information to Chhabra by post within a week. The Commission also directed PUDAs Chief Administrator to explain why an Appellate Authority has not been appointed so far. The PSIC directed that an Appellate Authority be appointed immediately and file the explanation before the next date of hearing on May 12.