Addressing the issue of non-payment of allowance through RTI
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Union Bank of India seeking information about the mode of calculation of pension payable to him and the arrears. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided information to the appellant.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant referred to his RTI application which had four points and submitted that the bank had responded to it in a mechanical way without application of mind which has led to deprivation of one allowance to which he was entitled to. The appellant also stated that he had taken resort to RTI Act only because he did not get justice through the normal channel. The respondent stated that the bank was willing to look into the matter again and that if any step needs to be taken for rectifying any calculation, that would be done within the next couple of weeks and the appellant would also be informed. The respondent explained that the bank will look into the question of entitlement of the appellant to the professional qualification allowance and the personal allowance. The respondent also said that the bank had no intention of withholding any information and that in fact the calculation sheets had been made available to the appellant earlier too.
View of CIC
The Commission observed that the matter needs to be reviewed by the respondent following which the appellant must be informed along with the calculation sheets. The CIC directed the respondent to respond to the appellant on the all points and also provide a copy of the calculation sheet.
Citation: Mr. O.P. Bansal v. Union Bank of India in Decision No. CIC/SM/A/2011/002377/VS/01626
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/947
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