April 13, 2011 9:07:32 pm
The Delhi Government has started putting details of applications received for its ‘Ladli’ scheme for girls after being pulled up by the Central Information Commission in this regard.
Under the scheme,the Government deposits in the account of a new born girl child Rs one lakh that she gets at the time she attains age of 18.
Irked with the opaqueness in the selection of girls as beneficiaries of the scheme,the CIC had directed the Delhi Government to put on its website details of all applicants and the status of their application.
“It appears that people who apply under the scheme do not get to know whether their application has been accepted or not. Such conditions give rise to mistrust in the Government and also create fertile ground for corruption,” Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi had pointed out in his order.
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After the order,citizens who apply under the scheme can now see the status of their application on the Women and Child Development Ministry’s website.
The Commission had passed the order while hearing the plea of an RTI applicant Samina who sought to know the status of her application made for her daughter,who got into class nine,under the Ladli Scheme. She was informed that her application was rejected.
The First Appellate Authority,however,found that Samina’s daughter fulfils criteria for getting benefit under the scheme and directed that her application should be sanctioned.
When the matter reached the CIC,Gandhi directed the Government to ensure that information of all applicants is put up on the website giving their date,name and address.
Giving a particular format,the Information Commissioner said the status of application should be clearly displayed on the website so that people do not have to run around to know whether the application has been accepted or not. Gandhi said all applications made after January 1 will be displayed and the table updated every 15 days. Besides,the time frames in which applications would be process or rejected
should be stated on the website,he said,setting April 30 as the deadline to comply with the order.
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