Recently i submitted two applications in my office (Govt. of India enterprise) for some kind of allowance admissible to me under rules.
1. Nick, please check out if your Office has observed Section 4 of the RTI Act. If not check out if the head of your department / ministry has come out with Section 4 on their respective website. From the manual, as highlighted in the Section 4 disclosure by your department, try to find out within how much time, should any representations/grievances like that of your, be disposed off. In most cases they have to be settled within 3 to 5 days.
Get these dates first.
2. Next find out what are the penal clauses of dealing assistants who handle such cases and what action can be taken against them for dereliction of duty.
Cross check this with rules in other departments.
3. Prepare an third and final representations and make sure to quote the secretary's comments in this third representation. Go with the representation to the Secretary himself and also politely bring the information you have gathered from the exercises in (1) & (2) above. The secretary may not be knowing about this and you should be doing a favour in apprising him of the facts. Also explain that you are doing this, to ensure that the secretary himself can avoid getting into trouble for the lazy attitude of his subordinates.
Yes ...Reply is must ...Even wen any application, RTI or Non-RTI, Internal or external, given by any employee or Non-employee, the Organization is suppose to reply...And In case the application (Non-RTI) is filed...The concerned organization maintains a FILE NOTE before filing the application...Though in some cases there is defined time period for maintaining such filed noting etc
Abhinav, though out of context, I would like to request a piece of information from you (not through implementation of RTI Act of course ).
Now jokes apart. Upon sending a non-RTI application to WBPDCL (...: West Bengal Power Development Corporation :...) requesting clarification about their recruitment policy, I feared to be erroneous, I never received any response. Now as you mentioned reply to be must, is it out of organizational etiquette or any specific labour law is prevalent in this case?
Its a pleasure that Books like Mr Manoj are here in rtiindia.org. So I am still expecting some good suggestions from his end, but when it will come ? I sent it to the " framing of query " section. Please go through it and let me have proper suggestions- Abhijeet
Last edited by abhijeet; 12-09-07 at 07:24 PM.
Reason: for correction of typographical mistake.