The Central Information Commission has pulled up the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) for its 'lackadaisical' attitude in implementing the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Directing CVC to immediately furnish certain information sought by an applicant, CIC issued a showcause notice to CVC's director as to why a penalty should not be imposed on him for failing to comply with the Act.
Vimal Kishor, an employee of the Patna branch of NABARD, had filed a complaint with CIC, alleging that CVC was refusing to furnish information pertaining to a departmental inquiry launched against him.
According to Kishor, he filed a request under the RTI Act to CVC director K L Ahuja to provide him the required information to prove his innocence in the case.
However, Kishor said that Ahuja initially claimed that the file was missing and later said he needed concurrence of the Central vigilance officer of NABARD to part with the information. Kishor moved CIC when CVC refused to comply even four months after the request was made.
"The manner in which the appellate authority has dealt with the request under the RTI Act demonstrates the lackadaiscal attitude of the CVC in implementing the provisions of the Act," information commissioner M M Ansari observed.
Noting that its own letter seeking the CVC's comments on the appeal filed by Kishor was also ignored, Ansari observed: "All this demonstrates a disappointing response of the CVC in fulfilling its mandatory obligations to implement the Act to ensure transparency in its functioning."
Accordingly, CIC directed CVC to give Kishor the information within 15 days. The CIC, while holding Ahuja guilty of violating provisions of the RTI Act, directed him to appear before the commission on July 12.
CVC pulled up for not complying with RTI- The Times of India