: In a move that is expected to have far reaching consequences, the consumer disputes redressal fora in various districts in the State have begun penalising government officials for delay in providing information under the Right to Information Act 2005.
Welcoming such activism on the part of the consumer fora, RTI activists say that this was happening due to an authoritative order passed by the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) in May 2009 wherein it was held that delay in providing information amounted to deficiency in service.
S. Sampath, an RTI activist here, feels that directing the Public Information Officers (PIO) pay compensation under the Consumer Protection Act would go a long way in making them work briskly as the State Information Commission seldom punishes such officers despite an express provision in the RTI Act. “Section 20 of the RTI Act provides for imposing a maximum fine of Rs. 25,000 for default in furnishing information. But the failure of the Information Commission to invoke the provision has led to many PIOs sitting over a large number of RTI applications for years together.
“It is heartening to see that at least the consumer fora have stepped in at the right time and began cracking the whip so that the officials do not dilly-dally whenever they receive applications seeking information. It will create a kind of fear and help in speedy disposal of information,” he adds.
The NCDRC had held that an RTI applicant could be termed as a consumer and hence the Consumer Protection Act, which provides additional remedy in addition to remedies provided under other enactments, would apply in cases where the information was delayed or denied. Overruling the objection that consumer fora could not interfere in such issues as the RTI Act provides for appeal before higher authorities, the NCDRC had said:
“The (RTI) applicant had availed the services under the said Act for consideration by paying a fee of Rs. 10 and had sought information which if not supplied to him amounts to deficiency of service.”
Due to constant pursuance by S C Maheshwari Secy Genl BPS and by S P Gupta Associate editor BPS with DOPPW & DoE. Revised Concordance tables have been issued for those retired frm 5th CPC scale of 6500 - 10500.Earlier BPS had succeeded in getting them GP 4600/ instead of 4200/
Government’s decision on the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay
Commission - Revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners, etc
: SAMPLE CALCULATIONS i)REVISED PENSION OF PENSIONERS WHO
RETIRED BETWEEN 1-1-1986 & 31-12-1995 (4TH CPC
1: work out Notional pay as on 1.1.1996 = LPD
at the time of retirement + DA as on 1-1- 1996 was 148 % up
to Rs.3500 BP and 111% for BP Rs.3501 to 6000 with minimum of Rs.5180 + IR 1 Rs
100/- + IR II =10% of BP (min Rs100) + 40% fitment benefit sum total be placed
in appropriate stage in the 5th CPC scale corresponding to the scale
from which retired e.g
4th CPC scale =2000-60-2300-75-3200 LPD 2300 Notional pay = 2300 +3404
+100 +230 + 920 =6954 placing it at appropriate level of Corresponding 5th
CPC scale = 6500-200-10500 Notional pay as on 1.1.96 comes to Rs 7100 / Step
2: Work out Notional pay in 6th CPC PB 2 Rs 9300-34800 GP 4200…