After the State Information Commission (SIC) passed a landmark order bringing slum rehab societies under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, a society has written to the commission to reconsider it. The society goes is claiming that the commission should ensure that the order does not affect those who do society work in an honorary capacity. The SIC in a landmark order passed on December 19, 2017 declared that slum rehab cooperative housing societies are public authorities. It directed that public information officers be appointed and their names be put up on the website. Nitin Padave, secretary of Ghatkopar-based Shri Omkar SRA Cooperative Housing Society, in a letter to the information commissioner, has asked if the commission has considered the harassment that could be meted out to the public information officers thus appointed. The letter is written by the secretary of the society. Among the other issues that have been raised are: only those members be allowed to make RTI applications who clear their dues, and the others should be allowed to file queries only after they have been punished for not making timely payments; the commission should clarify what it will do if an RTI application is filed even after the commission has denied their application and if people who use the tool to harass other members. “If these issues are not addressed, people will not come ahead to take up the honorary job of the society and the system will collapse,” states the letter. Put in checks Ghatkopar’s Shri Omkar CHS has written to SIC over its order It says that those who work for slum societies might be ‘harassed’

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Slum society deplores info panel’s RTI cover