RTI Judgement Series
RTI Judgement Series: Information must be displayed at the Fair Price Shops and the Circle Offices

Fair Price Shops and the Circle Offices must display information in compliance with the Department’s own orders as well as requirements of Section 4 of the RTI Act. This is the 35th in a series of important judgements given by former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi that can be used or quoted in an RTI application

The Central Information Commission (CIC) after discussing the issue of displaying information asked the Department of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) to comply with its own orders as well as requirements of Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. While giving this important judgement, Shailesh Gandhi, former Central Information Commissioner, said the information should have been displayed as part of obligations to make suo moto disclosures under the RTI Act.

 

“The Department will ensure that the afore-mentioned information is displayed in the Circle Offices and Fair Price Shops before 31 January 2010. A compliance report will be sent to the Commission before 05 February 2010,” the CIC said in its order issued on 22 December 2009.

 

Delhi resident Rajiv Kumar filed four complaints about the Department of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs of GNCTD not meeting certain obligations under the Public Distribution System (PDS) Control Order.

 

According to the PDS Control Order 2001, it is the duty of every Fair Price shopkeeper to display information on a notice board at a prominent place in the Fair Price shop on a daily basis regarding a) list of BPL and Antodaya beneficiaries, b) entitlements of essential commodities, c) scale of issue, d) retail issue prices, e) timings of opening and closing of Fair Price shops, f) stock of essential commodities received during the month, g) opening and closing stock of essential commodities and h) the name of authorities for redressal of grievances/lodging complaints with respect to quality and quantity of essential commodities under the Public Distribution System.

 

In one of his complaint, Mr Kumar stated that many of the Fair Price Shops especially in Circle 63 have not complied with the PDS Control Order 2001 and the disclosures have not been displayed.

 

Shailesh Gandhi, the Central Information Commissioner, called a meeting on 21 December 2009 at the Commission’s office on this matter to discuss issues relating to disclosure of information on the PDS in Delhi.

 

During the hearing on 21 December 2009, the Commission informed the Food Commissioner that complaints had been received from some citizen groups particularly Pardarshita, Satark Nagrik Sangathan and Sajha Manch that information should be available suo moto at the Circle Offices and the Fair Price Shops is not available.

 

After consulting with the Food Commissioner as well as others present, the Commission directed that the following information should be displayed at every Circle Office of the Department:

 

i) Copy of all ration cards along with photographs of individual card holders in the Circle Offices of the Food and Supply Department.

ii) All citizens should have access to daily sale register, and stock register under suo moto disclosure of the RTI Act.

iii) Name and designation of each official in the Circle office along with their stated roles and responsibilities.

iv) Names and contact details of the PIOs and FAA.

v) Procedure to apply for new ration cards and the list of documents required.

vi) Time-frame for disposal of various applications (new cards, renewal, change of address, etc).

vii) Date of the next Vigilance Committee meeting and names of the members of the Committee.

viii) Rights and privileges of ration card holders as per Section 6(7) of Annexe to PDS Control Order 2001.

ix) List of documents present in the Circle Offices.

 

During the hearing, Mr Kumar showed a sample display print that can be displayed outside every Fair Price Shop. After discussing the sample display, the Commission, directed that the following information will be displayed at the Fair Price Shops under the Department:

 

i) Entitlement of essential commodities for all types of ration cards.

ii) Scale of issue of each essential commodity for all types of ration cards.

iii) Retail prices of each essential commodity for all types of ration cards.

iv) Working hours of Fair Price Shops.

v) Stock of essential items received during the month.

vi) Opening and closing stock of essential commodities.

vii) Name, designation and contact numbers of officials for redressal of grievances with respect to quality and quantity of essential commodities.

viii) Daily updation of stock position information

ix) Information about inspection of records by any citizen on every Saturday except for second Saturday as per the PDS Control Order dated 15/06/2006.

x) Display of samples of food grains being supplied through Fair Price Shops.

 

The Food Commissioner then gave a commitment to the Commission that she will ensure that the afore-mentioned information will be displayed before 31 January 2010.

 

CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION

 

Decision No. CIC/SG/C/2009/001619; 001621; 001622/6047

http://www.rti.india.gov.in/cic_decisions/SG-22122009-22.pdf

Complaint No. CIC/SG/C/2009/001619; 001621; 001622

 

Complainant                                                : Rajiv Kumar

                                                            Delhi 110095

 

Respondent                                       : 1. The Food Commissioner

                                                            Department of Food & Supplies

                                                            Govt. of NCT Delhi, K-Block,

                                                            Vikas Bhawan, New Delhi 110002   

                                                            2. Assistant Commissioner (HQ/RTI),

                                                            GNCTD, Deptt. of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs,

                                                           K Block, Vikas Bhawan, IP Estate, New Delhi.

                                                            3. Assistant Commissioner (North East),

                                                            GNCTD, Deptt. of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs,

                                                            Weavers Complex, Nand Nagari, Delhi.

                                                            4. Assistant Commissioner (West),

                                                            GNCTD, Deptt. of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs,

                                                            152 C Block, Janakpuri, Delhi.

                                                            5. Assistant Commissioner (North West),

                                                            GNCTD, Deptt. of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs,

                                                            C Block, Pocket C, Shalimar Bagh, Delhi.

                                                            6. Assistant Commissioner (New Delhi),

                                                            GNCTD, Deptt. of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs,

                                                            M Block Vikas Bhawan, IP Estate, Delhi.

                                                            7. Assistant Commissioner (South),

                                                            GNCTD, Deptt. of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs,

                                                            Asian Market, Sector 3, Pushp Vihar, New Delhi.

                                                            8. Assistant Commissioner (Central),

                                                            GNCTD, Deptt. of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs,

                                                            K Block, Vikas Bhawan, IP Estate, New Delhi.

                                                            9. Assistant Commissioner (East),

                                                            GNCTD, Deptt. of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs,

                                                            DDA Shopping Complex, Dayanand Vihar, Delhi.

                                                            10. Assistant Commissioner (North),

                                                            GNCTD, Deptt. of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs,

                                                            23/26, Shopping Complex, Gulabi Bagh, Delhi.

                                                            11. Assistant Commissioner (South West),

                                                            GNCTD, Deptt. of Food, Supplies and Consumer Affairs,

                                                            C22/23, Behind Qutb Hotel, Mehrauli, Delhi.

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Its operating profit went up higher still, by 61% year-on-year, to Rs376 crore for the December 2012 quarter when compared to the same period last year.

 

Its net profit before share of associates stood at Rs242 crore, up 67% year-on-year, when compared to the December 2011 quarter.

 

Earnings per Share (basic EPS) was Rs21.6 for the quarter ended December 31st, 2012

 

The company’s debt stood at Rs1,318 crore when compared to Rs1,286 crore in the previous quarter (September 2012), while cash and cash equivalent stood at Rs482 crore which was higher by 34.26% when compared to the September 2012 quarter.

 

Vineet Nayyar, executive vice chairman of Tech Mahindra said, “Our growth trajectory continues. Tech Mahindra has been consistently performing with key wins and partnerships, supplemented by non organic initiatives. As we look forward we continue to see opportunities to help our customers in their strategic objectives, through innovative solutions”

CP Gurnani, managing director of Tech Mahindra said “We continue our journey to be a preferred partner in our customer’s transformation initiatives. Our recent wins demonstrate our capability in helping our clients to streamline their IT portfolio while achieving the benefits of optimization and linkage to outcomes.”

 

The company completed its acquisition of Comviva during the December 2012 quarter.

 

The total headcount stood at 49,059, with software professionals at 25,009, BPO at 22,565 and support staff at 1,485. The total headcount includes 1,546 employees of Comviva and 10,748 of HGS.

 

The company increased the total number of clients by 14, from 126 to 140 during the quarter.

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NHPC Q3 net profit up nearly 50% to Rs311.77 crore

The company is current engaged in 10 power projects with a total capacity of 4,502 MW and is in process of setting up two solar power projects as well

NHPC, the government-owned hydro power producer, reported a net profit of Rs311.77 crore in the December 2012 quarter, which was 46.94% higher than its net profit in the corresponding period last year. Similarly, NHPC's total income climbed 10.53% to Rs1,199.39 crore from Rs 1,085.13 crore in the year-ago period.

 

The current financial result was attributed to cyclical nature of business and therefore was not comparable to previous results, according to NHPC.

 

NHPC is currently engaged in the construction of ten projects having a total capacity of 4,502 MW.

 

In the capacity addition, the power producer has commissioned 264 MW which includes 231 MW Chamera-III and 33 MW (3x11) of Chutak hydroelectric projects. Besides, one unit of 15 MW of Nimoo Bazgo Hydroelectric Project was synchronized at available load on 11 October 2012. Mechanical spinning of Unit nos. II & I of TLDP-III hydroelectric project was also achieved on 20 December 2012 and 24 December 2012 respectively.

 

Consultancy works of renovation, modernisation and updating of Varzob hydro power plant, Tazakistan was successfully completed by the company. Subsequently, the plant was re-inaugurated on 28 December 2012.

 

The company’s board also approved setting up of two grid connected solar power projects and grid connected wind power projects up to installed capacity of 50 MW each in India.

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