Srinagar, Aug 21: J&K RTI Movement has strongly condemned attack on a senior RTI activist and coordinator for Tosamaidan Bachave Front Nazir Lone allegedly by local Panchayat members.
In a statement, a spokesman of JK RTI Movement alleged that the attack was carried at the behest a senior officer. "The concerned BDO has a poor record of either denying the information or disseminating incomplete or wrong information to RTI applicants," the spokesman alleged.
He said as per J & K RTI Act 2009, first appellate authority is supposed to file a complaint with State Information Commission against the Public Information Officer. "The concerned first appellate authority (ACD Budgam) has not forwarded any such complains to the SIC which proves a nexus between the concerned officers. Such attacks are just unconstitutional and unjustified and can't be tolerated," said chairman of J&K RTI Movement, Dr Shiekh Ghulam Rasool.
J&K RTI Movement has appealed Chief Minister, IGP Kashmir and SIC to take a strong notice of the attack on the activist and order action against the erring officers.
"We have been appealing the authorities to give whistle blowers protection but no one has paid a heed to our pleas," Dr Sheikh said.