The instant Appeal has also highlighted the sorry state of affairs with regard to the disposal of complaints of citizens. The Appellant filed request for information with the Respondent, CDA on April 20, 2021 seeking information as to whether shops in Building Plot 63 and Building Plot 64 sealed by CDA were opened legally or illegally.
As the record on the file suggests, CDA took action on the complaint of the citizen on the day hearing on this issue was held on August 12, 2021. From April 20, 2021 to August 12, 2021, CDA did nothing on the complaint of the citizen and on the date of hearing sent letter to Assistant Commissioner for the registration of the FIR. The fact that the officers concerned took more than three months to take action on the complaint of the citizen demonstrates dereliction of duty on the part of the concerned citizens.
This commission through its Orders in Appeal No 324-02/2020, in the case of Parsa Vs. Capital Development Authority, issued on August 27, 2020 and Appeal No. 322-02/2020, in the case of Fiza Mazhar Vs Capital Development Authority, issued on January 01, 2021, issued specific directions “to notify Public Information Officer, (PIO), under Section 9 of the Act, put the notification on its web site as required under Section 5 (1) (b) of the Act, put name, designation and contact details of the PIO on its web sites as required under Section 5 (1) (h)of the Act” and submit compliance reports to the commission within 10 working days of the receipt of these Orders.
The Respondent, CDA has demonstrated utter disregard to the Orders of this commission. If directions of the commission in this Order are not followed, it will invoke Section 20 (f) of the Right of Access to Information Act 2017.