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Contractors oppose providing ‘work’ details via RTI replies


COIMBATORE: Do contractors with town corporation wish to make their contract main points public? The resolution seems to be a stern no, even supposing it's underneath the right to knowledge (RTI) question. Members of the Coimbatore Corporation Contractors’ Welfare Association have filed greater than 75 cases sooner than the Madras high courtroom in the past two years for giving out their contract main points thru RTI replies ‘without their consent’.
Talking to journalists, K Chandraprakash, secretary of the association, said as according to Section 11(i) of the RTI Act, best public knowledge could be given out as respond to RTI queries and no information about individuals could be given without their consent. “Section eight(f) of the Act calls for the concerned officers to get the consent of individuals sooner than offering any information about them as replies. We have bought a keep order from the courtroom after some officers gave out our personal main points in RTI replies.”

He said greater than 75 cases were filed in opposition to the officers sooner than the high courtroom for giving out their personal knowledge. “Recently, a damage go well with was once filed in opposition to a sales tax reputable for giving knowledge without our consent.”

Pointing out that some other folks were blackmailing them with the tips bought thru RTI queries, he said they had lodged greater than 40 defamation cases and two legal cases in opposition to such other folks.

Refusing it, Daniel Jesudas, probably the most RTI activists in the city, said, “When the public money is involved, how would the details turn out to be non-public? The contractors do public work and the public have all rights to hunt knowledge referring to the work. Only the private knowledge of staff is considered non-public and no person asks for it.”

They need to be scared only if there are irregularities in the challenge they bring about out, he said. “Only irregularities are exposed thru RTI queries. And the contractors are now opposing it.”

Jayaram Venkatesan, of Arappor Iyakkam, said underneath Section 4 of the RTI Act, the entire knowledge referring to a challenge - like delicate and fee main points - must be made to be had to the public and public knowledge commission has confirmed it.

He said the courtroom order, which the contractors cite not to supply main points, does not restrain the federal government from giving knowledge. “If the federal government does not supply knowledge underneath the RTI Act citing the order as a explanation why, we can transfer the courtroom.”

While the state govt has accepted the contractors’ 4 demands, 3 different demands are underneath its consideration. The association participants had moved the high courtroom in 2017, searching for a route to the state govt to fulfil their demands.


“We want the federal government to exchange furnace oil with diesel to cut back air pollution, however the demand is still underneath their consideration, said P Udhayakumar, president of the association. “Whenever a machine with furnace oil is switched on, large smoke is launched, and the public are complaining about this. Earlier, tar crops were arrange best at the outskirts of town, but now they are in the city, causing problems.”


They additionally advised the federal government to include provident fund (PF) and Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) quantity of contract labours in the PWD schedule of charges to have a uniform charge. While the federal government has agreed to consider it all the way through fixation of subsequent schedule of charges in September, the participants sought after an immediate resolution.


The govt has, meanwhile, agreed to offer 1% of general building value as labour welfare fund, instead of recovering the similar from contractors’ bill.




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