Seeking a high-level enquiry into alleged misappropriation of money to the tune of Rs 3.25 crore in Orissa Information Commission (OIC), a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the High Court.
An RTI activist Raj Kishore Singh of Cuttack has filed the PIL alleging that although, huge amount has been spent by the Commission in information, education and communication activities, no tangible benefit has been achieved at grassroots level in spreading awareness about the Commission among common people.
Among others, the PIL had sought for an impartial enquiry into the spending of the Commission over the past five years, said the petitioner advocate Ashis Mishra. Mishra informed that the PIL has not yet been admitted by the High Court for adjudication.
Chief Information Commissioner T.K. Mishra, former Commissioner D N Padhi, Information Commissioner Jagadananda Mohanty and former Information Commissioner Radhamohan and the State government have been made as opposite parties in the PIL.
The PIL maintains that Rs 3,25,61,787 has been spent by the Commission on spreading awareness among masses about its activities in the last five years.
But the Commission has failed to perform its main duties because nearly 8,000 cases are now pending disposal at the Commission, the PIL alleged.
The PIL maintained that the Department of Information and Public Relations, which in the capacity as nodal RTI agency, should have conducted awareness activities. Similarly, the PIL questions that the departments of finance and planning and coordination, which are involved in the allocation of money to different agencies, have failed to give a satisfactory reply in response to an RTI application, as to which provision of law enabled them to allocate so much of money to OIC to be spent on IEC account.