Hyderabad activist asked to pay 32 thousand for info through RTI
news Wednesday, December 03, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | November 22, 2014 | 7:30 am IST An activist was left bewildered after the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewage Board (HMWS&SB) charged him Rs 32,470 to provide information under the Right to Information (RTI) act. According to a report in the Times of India, the social activist Mohammed Abdul Akram sought information on the budget and number of pending and completed projects in Moghalpura. He also wanted a list of borewells sanctioned from 2009 to 2014. In response, the HMWS&SB general manager, gave the applicant a list of charges to provide the information, adding up to 32,470 out of which only Rs 60 was for typing and printing the information. The HMWS&SB claimed that it would take 8 days and need a technical officer (TO), a manager, an attendant and a data processing officer (DPO) to get the information. The applicant was expected to shell out the salaries for all of them and was asked Rs 17,240 as charges for the TO, Rs 4,434 for the manager, Rs 7,672 for the attendant and Rs 3,064 for the DPO. Akram blamed the board of attempting to block information and added that he had not even asked for any technical plans.