Information panel wants NRIs owning industrial plots named

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Information panel wants NRIs owning industrial plots namedDelhi/NCR

The state information commission has asked industry authority HSIIDC to make public its list of plot-owners in Gurgaon registered as NRIs.

A letter signed by the chief information commissioner of Haryana, Naresh Gulati, says the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited should upload details of all allotments made under the NRI quota on its official portal and submit a compliance report to the Chandigarh headquarters of the commission by December 10.

The directive comes in the wake of a number of RTI applications filed by a Gurgaon-based activist seeking information on “allotment of plots under the NRI category”. The multiple responses filed by the information official appointed by HSIIDC were deemed unsatisfactory first by the applicant and later by the information commission itself. “The commission has considered the matter carefully and the case file has also been perused…the information sought by the appellant…is required to be uploaded on the website of the public authority to facilitate the information seeker and citizens which is mandatory as per the provision of sub section (1) (b) (xiv) and (2) of section 4 of the RTI Act,” the notification issued by the state information commissioner reads.

The first RTI application in this case was filed by Aseem Takyar, an industrialist, in March. “They responded saying they don’t have the data ready. I filed four different RTI applications, and couldn’t get HSIIDC to respond appropriately. Later, I appealed to the state information commission,” Takyar told TOI.

In its 2011 estate management policy – still a subject of widespread criticism – HSIIDC reserved 10% of industrial plots under its NRI quota. An NRI plot allotment committee was formed as was a foreign investment and NRI cell for prospective applicants. “But there was no clarity on what the policy points for selecting NRI candidates were. I think this is important information, and should be available to the public,” said Takyar. HSIIDC officials in Gurgaon weren’t available for comment.

Source: The Times of India, Delhi/NCR

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