The massive derecognition of 25 approved travel agents of Sports, RTI Appeal to Lakshadweep Tourism

The massive derecognition of 25 approved travel agents of Sports, RTI Appeal to Lakshadweep Tourism
28 January, 2014 Kochi

The massive de-recognition of 25 approved travel agents of ‘Sports’, from its only 39 authorized agents, sounds completely strange and heightened suspicions of foul play lurking in the SPORTS. The PIO of SPORTS is therefore liable to explain the reasons for their withdrawal of 25 approved travel agents in a single year. …

Read full text: ‘Appeal Filed under Section 19 of the Right to Information Act, before the Appellate authority, Managing Director, Lakshadweep Tourism, Kavaratti, Lakshadweep, INDIA’.

BEFORE THE APPELLATE AUTHORITY
(Managing Director (SPORTS), Lakshadweep Tourism, Kavaratti-682555,
Lakshadweep, INDIA).
Appeal No. of 2014 Dated this the 28th day of January, 2014

Appellant
D.B Binu, Advocate,
(General Secretary, Human Rights Defence Forum),
Providence Road, Kochi – 682018, Mobile No: 9895135081.

Appeal Filed under Section 19 of the Right to Information Act
The appellant respectfully submits as follows:

1. The appellant submitted an application U/s 6 (1), 6 (3) of The Right to Information Act, 2005 before the respondent on 8-10-2013 in public interest seeking certain information and documents showing the reason(s) for the withdrawal of authorization of 25 Travel Agents from the list of 39 authorized Travel Agents of SPORTS. The respondent was also requested to furnish the certified copies of the documents pertaining to the matter. (A true copy of the application is attached herewith and marked as Annexure-1)

2. The respondent defaulted in furnishing the information within 30 days of mandatory period.

3. The massive de-recognition of 25 travel agents, from its only 39 authorized agents, sounds completely strange and heightened suspicions of foul play lurking in the SPORTS. The PIO of SPORTS is therefore liable to explain the reasons for their withdrawal of 25 approved travel agents in a single year.

4. The Respondent is a public entity, functioning under the directive of the Lakshadweep Administration, charged with the executive duty of conducting the Lakshadweep tour programmes as envisaged by the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, Government of India. It is respectfully submitted that in public interest, the SPORTS is duty bound under the provisions of the Right to Information Act, to inform the appellant the reason for such a massive de-recognition of its 25 Travel Agents, within thestipulated period.

5. As per the RTI Rules, any application for information has to be disposed of within
30 days. However, the Respondent is unduly delaying supply of the information sought
for. It is a matter of great regret that the applicant was not provided with the information
requested for even after two months. Since the information sought for is only that of a
common nature, the applicant fails to understand the motive of the Respondent in
keeping him still in darkness.

6. In the circumstances, the appellant is aggrieved and accordingly prefer this
appeal.

7. The appellant has not yet received correct and accurate information sought in the application from the respondent till date. The statutory period for furnishing the information is over. The information sought by the appellant is of public interest in nature and it is held, controlled by the respondent. The respondent has easy access to all the information sought by the appellant. The respondent has deliberately denied the information.

8. The appellant is aggrieved by the inaction and also dereliction of duty by the Respondent. The appellant herein is denied the access to valuable information which would cause great harm, severe injury, and irreparable loss to the appellant and the society as a whole. Disclosure of this information will not lead to any genuine loss and hardships to anyone.

9. The inaction and refusal on the part of the respondent in not furnishing the information sought by the appellant is highly arbitrary and illegal.

10. In the above circumstances this appeal is being preferred before this Appellate authority praying to allow the prayers sought by the appellant considering the following;

GROUNDS
1. Denial of information without sufficient reason is a contravention of Sections 8 and 9 of
the RTI Act 2005.

2. As per Section 2 (j) of The Right to Information Act, 2005, “Right to Information means
the right to information accessible under this Act, which is held by or under the control of
any public Authority”. The information sought by the appellant falls within the definition.

3. Section 8 (1) (j) of The Right to Information Act 2005 provides that the information,
which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to
any person. The information sought for by the appellant is one which cannot be denied
to the parliament or the State Legislate if the same question is raised before either
House.

4. Section 8 (2) of The Right to Information Act 2005 provides that notwithstanding
anything in the Official Secrets Act, 1923 (19 of 1923) nor any of the exemptions
permissible in accordance with sub – 2 (1), a public authority may allow access to
information, if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the protected interests.
The application submitted by the appellant does not harm the protected interest of the
SPORTS.

PRAYER
Therefore it is humbly prayed that this Hon’ble Appellate Authority may be pleased to pass;

1. An order directing the respondent to furnish relevant and exact information to all questions asked in the annexure 1 application with certified copies of relevant documents.

2. An order of enquiry and also to initiate appropriate and necessary disciplinary action and other proceedings against the officers responsible for NOT providing the information to the appellant.

3. The appellant may kindly be exempted from payment of any fee under the
Right to Information Act.

All the facts stated above are true and correct.

Dated this the 28th day of January, 2014.

Annexure:
1. True copy of the application dated 08-10-2013 submitted by the appellant.
2. A list of 25 travel agents who have been de-recognized in 2003.

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