No records are available with the Prime Minister’s Office to certify the birth date of former PM Chandrashekhar, the top office has told the Central Information Commission.
The case came before the Central Information Commission (CIC) after Farukhabad-based RTI applicant Shivnarayan Shrivastava demanded documents from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to support the date of birth of Chandrashekhar, given as July 1, 1927 on its website.
Shrivastava said while the PMO website claimed that the date of birth of the former Prime Minister was July 1, 1927, the Uttar Pradesh government had declared a public holiday on April 17, 2015 as Chandrshekhar’s birth anniversary.
“The appellant (Shrivastava) stated that the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister Shri Chandrashekhar should be celebrated on his correct date of birth,” Chief Information Commissioner R K Mathur noted in the order.
The PMO told the Commission that the personal profile of the Prime Minister was prepared and uploaded on the website by his personal staff as per his directions.
“There is no requirement for the Prime Minister to submit his date of birth document in the Prime Minister’s Office,” it told the Commission.
The Commission did not direct any further action as the particular information was not available with the public authority.
The PMO website describes the former PM as “Chandrashekhhar was born on July 1, 1927, in a farmer’s family in village Ibrahimpatti in district Ballia, Uttar Pradesh. He was president of the Janata Party from 1977 to 1988. Shri Chandrashekhar was attracted to politics from his student days and was known as a firebrand idealist with revolutionary fervour.”