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Air Force Works Wing denies information under RTI

The Air Force Works Wing has denied information under the central RTI act (2005) and returned the application to the information seeker.

Raashid Ashraf Rather of Kralpora, Chadoora had filed an application under central RTI act 2005 by speed post to Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) CWE 1 Wing Air-force.

I was hired by a contractor and was working at Air Force station Srinagar for last 7 years as DG Operator. Since the online payments of salaries began from 2017, an Assistant Garrison Engineer (AGE) and Contractor told me and few other contractual employees to return half of monthly salary,” Rather said.

“I and another employee Riyaz didn’t agree to it and were fired. Being aggrieved, I filed an application under RTI act 2005 (central act). But the officers concerned were unresponsive,” Rather said.

He said he and his colleague went to JE for help as he had appointed new DG Set operators who were allegedly unqualified and had no technical qualification. “But he too didn’t help,” he said.

Dr Raja Muzzafar Bhat, founder J&K RTI Movement, said, “I am shocked to see the response of D K Kostha who is a senior officer of Garrison Engineer’s (GE) rank. It is true that RTI act 2005 (central RTI law) is not applicable to J&K, but that applies to those government departments/public authorities which are under control of J&K government.

Bhat said the Air Force Works Wing was under control of central government so they had to abide by RTI act 2005.

“It is for the first time that information has been denied on a false pretext. We will seek intervention of the Central Information Commission (CIC) and also take recourse to judicial course,” he said.

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