Poll: Should Annual Confidential Report of Officials be disclosed under RTI?

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    Re: Disclosures of Annual Confidential Reports (ACR) comes under Official Secret Act


    Hello dear friends,
    The annual CR's are giving some openion of the suboridinates, and in Executives' cadre it also give a chance of self appraisals.

    When RTI act is overruling the Official secreat act, 1943, Why CR's still should be hidden, if any of the superior is of openion that his subordinate is lagging some where, he got the authority to improve him by way of some acts. He also had the powers to take disciplinary action against the employee.

    When all such powers are laying with superiors (In govt. sector), why he or any body should use the CR's for reporting -ve points of his subordinates.

    In fact this provision (i.e. CR's) is giving a chance to corrupt practices, adopting corrupt and unlawful practices suggested by super their superiors.

    Hence i suggest and strrongly in favour of disclosing CR's under RTI Act, 2005.

    ra katkam.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rakatkam View Post
    Hello dear friends,

    Hence i suggest and strrongly in favour of disclosing CR's under RTI Act, 2005.

    ra katkam.
    I agree with you.

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    Hello friends,

    The CRs are not always written in good faith. The personal evaluation / views / opinion / prejudices comes in a way to write a CRs.

    If superior, (if his demand was not satisfied) , may write adversely. If the same is made public, it would harm the character of one, and ruined the career.

    Under the circumstances let it be confidential. Not disclosed to third party.

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    yes, ACR's should be disclosed. The entire system of ACR's is to be abolished.

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    My 2 cents' worth: many universities I know have a multi-step faculty evaluation process (at dept, college and university level), with varying degrees of transparency in promotion and tenure. But a common requirement is that at least in case of an ADVERSE recommendation against a faculty candidate at any level, the candidate (and sometimes, even the prior evaluation levels) MUST be informed and given an opportunity to respond, so that when the process goes further, the adverse recommendation is accompanied by the response if any, of the candidate and anyone else.

    I don't think the process works perfectly all the time -- no process with human beings in a competitive environment can be insulated from various pressures. But there must be something to be said for this type of process, that has made at least a large number of universities adopt it. Maybe it will also be useful in the context of ACRs. It may reduce subsequent grievances. Best,

    Murgie

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    It is practice in the Government department, that CRs are not even been disclosed to person whose CRs are been written.

    So, first major change require that the copy of the comments be communicated to the person , whose CR been written.

    So first the person whose CR, written be informed about his status, evaluation.

    And as there is personal influence are there, and most of the bureaucracy , depends on the CRs for career, it is batter to remove CR system.

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    There are many intermediate positions possible between making ACRs completely public (i.e. available to absolutely ANYone) and completely secret (even the candidate is uninformed). Natural justice requires that at least the
    candidate be informed and given an opportunity to respond.

    Whether it should also be made available to a wider audience is debatable. A candidate could be given the choice of making his own ACR public. Some public good could also result if some systematic data can be gathered from ACRs while yet preserving privacy. For e.g. when doctors in the US bill their patients they have to fill out a form which includes say, the illness he came in for, and that portion (not the identity of the patient) is passed onto some central information system that feeds the Center for Disease Control, so it serves a need to maintain public health. In a similar way redacted ACRs may help create data for a useful database to study research questions dealing with administration. Best,

    Murgie

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    ‘Blotting’ ACR secretly is wrong, rules CAT

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    Hyderabad: In a judgment that could bring more transparency into employees’ performance assessment, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Friday ruled that any adverse remarks recorded against employees in their annual confidential reports (ACRs) without being informed should be ignored by departmental promotion committees (DPCs).

    Admitting petitions filed by two employees who alleged that they were denied promotions citing adverse remarks in their ACRs, the Hyderabad bench of CAT, comprising vice chairman justice P Lakshmana Reddy and M Jayaraman, member (administration), delivered the judgment.

    The bench ordered a review of the DPC’s decision in respect of the petitioners - K Jagannadha Rao, a stenographer of the Ship Building Centre, Visakhapatnam, and M Khousar Baig, an LDC of the Small Industries Service Institute, Hyderabad. The bench also directed the authorities to ignore the adverse remarks against the two as they were not communicated to them denying them an opportunity to contest or improve their performance.

    Citing several Supreme Court judgments and its own earlier decisions, the bench was of the view that the authorities should communicate any remarks they make in ACRs to the employees concerned.

    The authorities argued before the CAT that the term ‘average’ used in the ACRs of the two employees was not an adverse remark and hence they did not feel the need to convey the same to the petitioners. But when their respective DPCs met, they ignored the petitioners for promotion citing their average performance and promoted their juniors on the basis of ‘good and outstanding’ performance in ACRs.

    The bench was of the firm opinion that the term ‘average’ was an adverse remark and marred the promotion chances of the petitioners.

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