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Complaint: No. CIC/LS/C/2010/000896-DS


Complainant : Ms. Gita Diwan Verma,

Public Authority : DDA, New Delhi


The Commission has received a petition dated 27/04/2010 from Ms. Gita Dewan Verma, in respect of his/her RTI-application on 14/01/2010 filed with the CPIO, DDA, Landscape & Environment Planning Unit, 11th Floor, Vikas Minar, New Delhi. A Copy of RTI application is enclosed. Thereafter, the petitioner filed 1St Appeal before Appellate Authority of Public Authority. From the perusal of documents on record, it is seen that the same has not been adjudicated upon by the First Appellate Authority.

2. In order to avoid multiple proceeding under section 19 and 18 of the RTI Act, viz, appeals and complaints, the matter is remitted to The CPIO with the following directions:

    1. In case no reply has been given by CPIO to the complainant to his/her RTI request, The CPIO should furnish a reply to the complainant within two weeks of receipt of this order.
    2. In case CPIO has already given reply to the complainant in the matter, he/she should furnish a copy of his/her reply to the complainant within one week of receipt of this order
    3. CPIO should invariably indicate to the complainant the name and address of the 1st Appellate Authority, before whom the complainant can file first appeal. If any,
    4. A copy of CPIO’s reply will be endorsed to the Commission clearly indicating the case number and reason for delay if any in providing information.

3. In case the complaint is not satisfied with the reply received from CPIO, he/she, under section 19 (i) of the RTI Act, may within the time prescribed file first-appeal before the AA.

4. On receipt of the first appeal from the petitioner as per the above directions, AA should dispose of the appeal within the period stipulated in the RTI Act.

5. In case complainant still feels aggrieved by the decision of AA, he/she shall be free to approach the Commission in second appeal under section 19(3), along with complaint u/s 18, if any, within the prescribed time limit.

6. The matter is closed with above directions.

(Smt. Deepak Sandhu) 
Information Commissioner (DS)

Authenticated true copy:

(T. K. Mohapatra)
US & Dy. Registrar
Tele. No. 011-26105027
[email protected]

Copy to:-

  1. Ms. Gita Dewan Verma,
    1356, D-I, Vasant Kunj,
    New Delhi-110070
  2. The CPIO,
    Landscape & Environment Planning Unit, 11th Floor, Vikas Minar,
    New Delhi
  3. The Appellate Authority DDA,
    Landscape & Environment Planning Unit, 11th Floor, Vikas Minar,
    New Delhi.