West Bengal Govt Response on RTI puts doubt on Kalimpong District Cabinet Approval

West Bengal Govt Response to RTI on Cabinet Approval for Kalimpong District Puts a Question Mark on If Such a Decision Was At All Taken

An RTI inquiry seeking clarification on “if the West Bengal government’s Cabinet had approved the formation of Kalimpong district,” has revealed that such an approval may actually still be pending.

Responding to the RTI inquiry made by a concerned citizen, the Commissioner for Home and Hill Affairs Department has declined to answer the question citing “Sub section 1 (i) of section 8 of the RTI Act 2005”

The Sub section 1 (i) of section 8 of the RTI Act 2005 reads:

“Cabinet papers including records of deliberations of the Council of Ministers, Secretaries and other officers: Provided that the decisions of Council of Ministers, the reasons thereof, and the material on the basis of which the decisions were taken shall be made public after the decision has been taken, and the matter is complete, or over: Provided further that those matters which come under the exemptions specified in this section shall not be disclosed.”

This could imply that the decision for form more districts was either not taken or that the approval process for new districts was not completed.

This sits contrary to what Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee or Kalimpong MLA Dr. Harka B Chettri have been claiming. Dr. Harka has repeatedly stated that the Cabinet approval for Kalimpong district was already given.

Via TheDC

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