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After saying RTI isn't applicable in JK, GE Air Force ready to share info
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5/26/2018 11:28:16 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, May 26: After denying information sought under the RTI Act, the Garrison Engineer (GE) Air Force 1 Wing Srinagar has now agreed to share information with an aggrieved contractual employee.
The GE, D K Kostha, had earlier told an aggrieved ex-contractual employee that Right to Information Act 2005 is not applicable to J&K. The officer had returned the original RTI application and postal order of Rs 10 attached with the application as RTI fees.
Sources say that MES is trying to play hide and seek as there is a big scam involved. The said officer has been lambasted by his seniors for denying information under RTI Act. Recently the officer sent a letter to the information seeker asking him to collect the information. The letter dated May 2 reads: "You can collect the information from this office, this letter may be treated as gate pass."
As reported already by Early Times, one Raashid Ashraf, of Rather Mohalla, Kralpora, Chadoora (Budgam) had filed an application under Central RTI Act 2005 via speed post which was addressed to Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) CWE 1 Wing Air-force. Raashid says that he was hired by an MES contractor at AF I wing and has been working at Air Force station Srinagar from last seven years as DG set Operator. Along with him one more person Riyaz Ahmad, Rather was also hired who worked as Fitter Mechanic. "As government of India started disbursing payments online from year 2017 one Mr Prasad Assistant Garrison Engineer (AGE) and Contractor M/S Jaipal Associates told us and few other contractual employees that half of the monthly salary be returned every month. Most of the employees agreed to it under pressure but myself and Riyaz did not agree as it was unjust and uncalled for. We were shown the door and thus our livelihood was snatched," said Raashid while talking to Early Times.
After being aggrieved they sought help from activists of J&K RTI Movement in Srinagar. The activists helped Raashid to file application under RTI Act 2005. But the response was negative as the GE categorically said RTI Act 2005 is not applicable to J&K. But after getting exposed through Early Times and subsequently by some other local newspapers, the GE finally agreed to reveal the details to Raashid. This issue was highlighted on social media as well.
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