Re: Disclosures of Annual Confidential Reports (ACR) comes under Official Secret Act
Under RTI Act, one can only seek copies of APARs. The issues whether the reporting is correct or biased etc are beyond the scope of RTI Act. There are various APAR forms - for Subordinate Staff, Officers upto SG and for SAG and above.
Now even the Below Bench Mark entry on each attribute is also advisable to the reported official. Recording such an entry is not unilateral, but with timely advice to the reported official to improve upon such attributes, else the entry can be appealed.
Most discussions on this thread on APAR reporting aspects draw the point of objectivity etc. Targets and its achievements alone are not the aspects to be considered. Officers in SS and above are mostly required to function independently and their ability to function in higher posts need to be identified and reported. Those working in Govt Deptts clearly know how and why an APAR goes Below Bench Mark or Adverse. If you walk into a Govt Office with public interface, you will find that a few officers/staff are not worth to discharge their job properly. Mind you, they must have achieved their targets and performed well within the yard stick!!!
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