The Finance Division has refused to divulge the collection of workers who’ve agreed to donate a month’s wage to the Leader Minister’s Misery Aid Fund (CMDRF) below the federal government’s ‘wage problem’ initiative.
A Proper to Data (RTI) software filed by means of The Hindu (on September 24, 2018) had sought the newest data at the division/institution-wise data at the collection of workers who had agreed to donate a month’s wage to the CMDRF.
“The ideas sought is to be had at the Carrier and Payroll Administrative Repository for Kerala (SPARK). On the other hand, it has now not been revealed and picked up and therefore can’t be made to be had as in line with Segment 2 (f) of bankruptcy I of the RTI Act, 2005,” stated Binu M. Sayani, below secretary and State Public Data Officer, Finance Division, in a letter dated October 22.
Segment 2 (f) defines ‘data’ as subject material in any shape, together with information, paperwork, memos, e-mails, evaluations, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, studies, papers, samples, fashions, knowledge subject material held in any digital shape, and knowledge associated with any personal frame, which can also be accessed by means of a public authority below another legislation in the meanwhile in drive.
The Finance Division additionally declined to supply data at the general donation that may have come into the relaxation fund if the entire govt workers had agreed to enroll in the power. On the other hand, it identified that 5,11, 075 current workers had been to be had as in line with the personnel appendix for the monetary yr 2018-19. The federal government has earmarked ₹32,996.38 crore against the wage for its workers and academics for the 2018-19 monetary yr, in keeping with the answer.
D.B. Binu, RTI activist and legal professional, stated the Finance Division’s answer was once contradictory because it had to begin with said that the ideas sought was once to be had in SPARK whilst mentioning due to this fact that it had now not been revealed and documented.
The RTI answer said that the donations won below the wage problem initiative could be deposited in a treasury account opened within the title of the Foremost Secretary, Finance Division. It could be used for quite a lot of reduction and rehabilitation tasks being deliberate after the devastating floods that hit the State. It additionally printed that ₹1,680.87 crore was once won below the CMDRF as on October 8.
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