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Stricken CCB depositors turn to RTI for succour

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 9, 2006

Stricken CCB depositors turn to RTI for succour

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=195940

First, how much money was deposited with the bank on March 21, 2001, when the bank ceased operations, and how much is there at the present date? Secondly, in the three months preceding the bank’s closure in 2001, how many people were intimated about the impending closure and allowed to withdraw their money? Thirdly, how many outstanding loans have been recovered since the date of closure? And fourthly, did any employees of the bank or their family members get loans?

The questions become relevant in the context of a circular issued by the RBI in 2000 that states that “promoters should not be associated as directors of chit funds/non banking financial company’s or other cooperative banks.”

Saxena paid the mandatory Rs 10 and received an acknowledgement about receipt of the letter on July 31. He said, ‘‘The implementation of the Act is a blessing because government officers will respond only if RTI is used.”

Especially since he wrote a letter to the Chief Minister in 2005 raising essentially the same questions. The letter was copied to the Chief Secretary, Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Administrator of City Cooperative Bank and Agriculture Production Commissioner.

‘‘I did not receive a reply from any of them,” he says. Before that, he had written another letter to the District Magistrate, that had met with the same fate.

Under the Act, the PIO has 30 days to provide a reply, failing which, the petitioner can appeal to a higher authority called the appelate authority. If not satisfied, the State Information Commissioner can be approached. Saxena feels that the provisions in the Act are not stringent enough on the PIO if he fails to deliver information.

‘‘What punitive action can be taken if they do not give information? Right now, a fine of Rs 250 is the maximum. There has to be a change in the mindset of the bureaucracy for the Act to work,” intones Saxena.

Information sought
* how much money was deposited with the bank on March 21, 2001, when the bank ceased operations, and how much is there at the present date
* In the three months preceding the bank’s closure in 2001, how many people were intimated about the impending closure and allowed to withdraw their money
* How many outstanding loans have been recovered since the date of closure
* Did any employees of the bank or their family members get loans

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One Response to “Stricken CCB depositors turn to RTI for succour”

  1. PK AGARWAL said

    Dear,
    Penalty that can be levied on a PIO failing to provide information is Rs. 250/= per day subject to maximum of Rs. 25,000/= (and not maximum Rs. 250/=).

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