Thursday, 15 December 2016
Imagine the MoD does not have the Pranab Mukherjee Committee Report that it quotes extensively!
By Regd Post
No. 35 (1)/2015/D (Pay/Services)
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
New Delhi, the 18th November 2016
Shri S Y Savur
Subject: Seeking Information Under RTI Act - 2005
Reference MoD OM of even number vide which your RTI application dated 20.5.2016 was forwarded to RTI Cell of Ministry of External Affairs as the Pranab Mukherjee Committee was constituted under the chairmanship of then Minister of External Affairs. Now RTI Cell of Ministry of External Affairs vide their OM No. RTI/551/1679/2016 dated 14.10.2016 has returned the application stating that no papers/files on the subject is available with them (copy enclosed).
2. In this connection it is stated that this section is not in possession of the notings and deliberations, discussion in meetings relating to the above said Report as sought vide application dated 20.5.2016. As regards copy of the Pranab Mukherjee Committee Report, it is stated that this section is not the custodian of original record as sought by you and, in vies of this, are unable to furnish to you the same.
3. The Appellate Authority is Shri Preet Pal Singh, Director (AG-I), Ministry of Defence, Room No 102, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi.
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FA/RTI/PMCR/2016 15th December, 2016
Shri Preet Pal Singh,
Director AG (I) & First Appellate Authority,
Ministry of Defence,
Room No. 102, Sena Bhawan,
New Delhi – 110 011
First Appeal against order of CPIO and Under Secretary, D (Pay/Services) Under RTI Act, 2005 vide MoD letter No. 35 (1)/2015/D (Pay/Services) dated 18 Nov 2016
Received by Speed Post on 13 Dec 2016
I file this First Appeal as I am aggrieved by CPIO & Under Secretary, D (Pay/Services) who has not provided information vide abovementioned letter that I requested for i.e a photocopy of the Pranab Mukherjee Committee Report on Pay & Allowances of serving Armed Forces personnel and Pension, including One Rank One Pension (OROP) of Ex-Servicemen.
The Pranab Mukherjee Committee was constituted by the Govt of India/MoD to examine and prepare a Report on the subject matter referred to in Para 1 above, for the consideration of the Govt. References to the above Report are available, amongst other files of MoD in the following files of MoD: -
(a) MoD File No. 10 (1)/2009/D (Pen/Pol) processing the Cabinet Secretary Committee (CSC) Recommendations of 2009,
(b) MoD File No. 12 (11)/2012/D (Pen/Pol) processing the Cabinet Secretary Committee (CSC) Recommendations of 2012,
(c) CSC Report of 30 Jun 2009 and CSC Report of 18 Aug 2012 forwarded vide No. 237/RTI/D (P/P) dated 30 Nov 2015,
(d) MoD File No. 21 (1)/2015- D (PCC) on Note 26 dated 08 May 2015 processing comments for the Seventh Central Pay Commission,
(e) MoD ID No. 22/S/2014 – D (PCC) addressed to Shri D K Rai, Director, Seventh Central Pay Commission of same date.
It has been quoted by MoD, including D – Pay/Services, as recently as August 2015 in comments prepared for the Director, Seventh Central Pay Commission. It is therefore, impossible that such an important Report is not available in the Ministry of Defence.
I appeal for an order that a copy of the report be made available to me.
(S Y Savur)