Monday, November 16, 2009

4 vital files missing at Chennai state office

Four crucial files related to land reclassification have gone missing from the office of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), prompting the Tamil Nadu Information Commission to act on it following an RTI application.

The commission, noting that no action had yet been taken against the custodian of the missing records, ordered a probe on October 16 and sought action within six weeks. This, after repeated efforts by a city resident since early last year failed to gain him access to the four files, following which he filed a complaint before the commission about the CMDA's "deliberate refusal".

It was on January 12, 2008, that A Sethu filed an RTI application seeking six CMDA files on land reclassification, wanting to inspect them and take their copies. As the CMDA responded with only two files, he appealed six weeks later for the four others.

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