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Metrological department wants Rs 14,000 for RTI information

Mumbai(dna): The Indian Metrological Department which is in news for ensuring correct measurement, seems to have gone wrong in its reading of an RTI application. The department, in its reply, has informed the applicant that he should shell out over Rs14,000 for seeking inspection of documents.

As per the RTI Act, inspection can take place for free for the first hour and thereafter money is charged for every fifteen minutes. A person inspecting documents can take copy of the information he wants by paying Rs 2 for an A4 size page.

However, RTI applicant Farid Hussain, resident of Cheetah Camp, was asked to pay Rs14,535 for the expenses. In his application of June 22, he had sought inspection of challan, dead stock register and money receipts among others.

“This is in a way is harassment. Inspection provision is there but still they have not granted that. I called up the public information officer (PIO) stating that you have given me details of the charges but what I desired was inspection. He said it is his choice whether to give inspection or not,” said Hussain.

When contacted, Sanjay Pandey, inspector general of the department, said: “I do not know about it, but can check and get back to you.”

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