Srinagar, September 11: In a curious incident, an RTI applicant was asked to pay an amount of 80, 000 rupees by officials in Irrigation & Flood Control (I&FC) Department as charges for photocopying of the documents.
As per reports in a local daily, a resident of Kadlabal, Pampore in south Kashmir named Mudassir Manzoor Shah had filed a RTI application before Public Information Officer (PIO) I&FC Department at Batamaloo, Srinagar, through speedpost on 27.01.2015 seeking some official information.
He got the response to his application by Afroz Ahmad Mir, Executive Engineer I&FC Division Srinagar on 24.03.2015 with a notice to deposit an amount of Rs 80,000 used for photocopying the record provided under the RTI Act. After this, Mudassir filed an application before the State Information Commission (SIC) Srinagar stating that he had been asked to deposit Rs 80,000.
SIC on sending a notice to the Executive Engineer asking him to state the matter in brief and got a response that the appellant was advised to deposit money for making the Xerox copies of all records of voluminous information, which consumes a lot of stationery.
The Executive Engineer also told the SIC that the applicant has asked for the records from the year 2005 to year 2014 which were very huge in volume.