FC Revenue ‘Denies’ Information Under RTI

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SRINAGAR: The Financial Commissioner Revenue has ‘denied’ information under Right to Information (RTI) about the details of employees presently working in his office, citing reason that the applicant has an “ambiguous” address.

The RTI applicant Umar Javid had filed an application under the Jammu and Kashmir RTI Act, before the public information officer (PIO) Financial Commissioner Revenue.

The RTI application which is in the possession of KNS reads: “I request a list of total number of employees with names, address and parentage presently working in financial commissioner’s office, Srinagar Kashmir along with the details about the posts they hold.”

The applicant had further sought the details about the time period from which the aforesaid employees are posted in the office. “Details about employees i.e, names and post of the employees who have been posted in the financial commissioner’s office Srinagar, Kashmir for more than 2 years continuously from the aforesaid list and reasons for not transferring the employees who have been posted for more than 2yrs in Financial Commissioner’s office, Srinagar Kashmir,” it reads.

However, the official reply has rejected the information sought by the applicant Umar.

In its reply the public information officer said: “Examination reveals that you have shown ambiguous address in the application which is not acceptable. Before arranging the needful information and giving that to you, you may furnish your bio-data along with profession and residential address, so that the information delivered may not go in wrong hands or get waste when it is dispatched on the address shown in the application.

Interestingly Financial Commissioner Revenue office sent the letter on the same address Post Box No 111 GPO Srinagar, which earlier the department had cited as “ambiguous.”

The applicant Umar while talking to KNS alleged that to hide their ‘misdeeds’ the information has been denied to him. (KNS)

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