CIC’s comments on misuse of RTI Act

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Dear Editor,

It refers to Chief Information Commissioner of India on Saturday 23.04.2016 in the seminar conducted at Lucknow by People’s Right-To-Information alleging some petitioner having filed 600 petitions at Central Information Commission out of which several were mischievous in nature.

It seems that the data is for undecided petitions where earlier some petitioner even filed about 1400 petitions (decided) just for creating a sort of record! However if CIC is so much definite about petitions being mischievous, name of the concerned petitioner should be put on CIC-website under ‘Name & Shame’ policy so as to discourage misuse of RTI Act.

Even public-authorities will be benefitted by not involving much time in handling such petitions. There should also be some mechanism whereby public-authorities may inform CIC about some habitual petitioners filing number of useless RTI petitions regularly thus wasting precious man-hours and postal-expenses of public-authorities.

Despite Chief Information Commissioner giving much attention on administrative functioning of CIC, it remains amongst worst-rated public-authorities of India not even caring for DoPT circulars. CPIOs at CIC respond in years that too totally unsatisfactorily with even first appeals decided much beyond stipulated (30+15) days.

For example, CPIOs at CIC have no knowledge about DoPT circular dated 06.10.2015 which mandates for compulsorily giving dates of RTI petitions and their receipts, landline-numbers and official e-mail IDs of responding CPIO/FAA and of next Appellate Authority apart from giving reasons for not disclosure of information claimed exempted! CIC-website should incorporate subject-wise compilation of all DoPT circulars on RTI and of all subject-wise verdicts from Supreme Court and High Courts on RTI.

 

SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL

1775 Kucha Lattushah

Dariba, Chandni Chowk

DELHI 110006 (India)

 

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