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Put up causes of malaria and TB deaths on website: Information commissioner panel to BMC

Sunday, 11 May 2014 - 6:35am IST | Agency: DNA

Public welfare oriented NGOs and citizens can look to further their study with respect to malaria and TB. The state chief information commission has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to put up details of the causes of deaths in malaria and TB cases in city on the civic body's website by June 30.

State chief information commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad gave the order on May 5 after RTI applicant Kaustubh Gharat sought information on the same.

Gharat also sought to know the medical certification, through forms 4 and 4a, for causes of all deaths due to malaria. The order states that the public information officer did not give any information.

In the first appeal, the appellate authority stated that the information be provided to the applicant and, with respect to the forms 4 and 4a, opinion of the legal officer be sought and the information be provided only after that.

"I was not given the information because the legal officer said that as per the rules such information cannot be given. The FAA stated that RTI exempts information that is personal in nature," said Gharat.

He then approached the information commission through the second appeal route. During the second appeal, the commission observed that the information sought is of public interest. It added that social service oriented organisations or enlightened citizens can take some suo motu steps in the direction with the information handy. Similarly, information with respect to patients who died due to TB can be put up too, the commission observed.

Municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte was not available for comment.




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