BHOPAL: Chandrashekar Gaur, Neemuch-based activist, facing a problem of plenty. He has received about 1,170 letters so far to a single RTI query which he had filed in February.
February 25, Gaur filed an online RTI query to CBDT (central board of direct tax) providing information on total tax arrears in the country. “This is an online request, so I request you to reply to my email address and online only and support digital communication,” he added in the query.
CBDT transferred the petition to all regional offices which then forwarded it to their ward-level offices that are now replying individually to Gaur without providing regional information, adding that some cities are having more than 100 ward-level offices.
Gaur gets 50 letters a day which maximum reached to 90 in a day, he said. “The day I get 20 letters, the postman is happy and says, (Today it is less) “Aaj Kam Hai Sir’’.
Gaur replied TOI, pointing, “It is tiring to sign for so many letters. Imagine doing that every day.” “Seeing bundles of letters coming every day, even neighbors give curious looks. Till Saturday, I had received 1,148 replies and 22 letters came in today (Monday), so I have 1,170 replies so far,” Gaur said. After a pause, he added: “But still not the answer I sought.”
Gaur said. “This is waste of public money. When I filed the query online and sought replies, there was no need for so many letters. Moreover, I had sought consolidated information and not ward or circle-level data,” he added that replies have come from across the country “the I-T department must have spent over Rs 50,000 on sending letters to him”.