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    Re: Can PIO ask aplicant to appear before himself insted of giving required information to applicant under RTI act?


    Here,things are little diferent. Your friend has been called by a superior officer of her own department. TheAA might be her superior officer. When one is called by one's own superior officer,she just cannot disobey the orders.


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    Re: Can PIO ask aplicant to appear before himself insted of giving required information to applicant under RTI act?


    Quote Originally Posted by colnrkurup View Post
    Here,things are little diferent. Your friend has been called by a superior officer of her own department. TheAA might be her superior officer. When one is called by one's own superior officer,she just cannot disobey the orders.
    It is the PIO who must answer not the applicant who has to look for them. Since the AA is her superior, she cannot just disobey the superiors orders but, nevertheless, I guess she can still insist on xerox copies of the relevant documents for her perusal after depositing the requisit fees.

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    Re: Can PIO ask aplicant to appear before himself insted of giving required information to applicant under RTI act?


    I think PIO cannot force personal appearance of applicant.
    It takes each of us to make difference for all of us.

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    Kindly recollect post No.5 of mine above. You are absolutely right. What I meant is that one may not be able stick to the provisions of RTI Act meticulously while dealing with one's own superior officers of the same department. Though my view does not have any legal backing, the superior officers of a department can cause difficulties for his subordinates. Why should one resort to " AA BEHL MUCHE MAR" if one can avoid.

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    Re: Can PIO ask aplicant to appear before himself insted of giving required information to applicant under RTI act?


    Quote Originally Posted by bahl_ajay View Post
    One of my friends had sought information from the PIO of her own department ..........The reply given by the PIO was incorrect and ..............she made an appeal before the AA in writing. Now that the AA has given a reply and asked her to come and meet him in his office for discussions..........
    I guess, in this case there is no problem in the applicant meeting the AA as long as she insists that all that the PA, AA has to say has to come in black n white formally signed and under their official seal. The applicant need not to react to any verbal order/ information from her superior[PA] or the AA to personally look for the information asked. Incase a formal satisfactory reply does not come through within the designated time frame, she may approach the CIC/ SIC citing the situation.

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    As Colnrkurup Stated in one incidence, That, If the PIO is courteous,law abiding and follows the RTI, so do you. If he starts acting against the principle of the Act, You use the section in the same Act to him. Co-operate as much as PIO co-operate.

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    Re: Can PIO ask aplicant to appear before himself insted of giving required information to applicant under RTI act?


    SPIO has no reason or legality in asking the information seeker to appear before him. Even if a superior officer of own department asks the information seker to see him, the employee can oblige him by meeting but he is not under compulsion as the RTI act does not have any such provision justifying the command of SPIO, or any of his superior officer.Section 22 overrides all the provisions whether it is a law or service rule.Verbal discussion does not make any sense.The matter is evidentiary value of the information which can not be obtained until given in writing by the SPIO or AA. Employee should not be afraid in seeking information out of fear of persecution or victimization from their department.This is the transit period for the department's bosses.They are feeling embarassement in disclosing the information.But this hangover of colonial raj will go very soon.Lagey raho Munna Bhai. Jo darr gaya wo marr gaya. adil

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    Arrogant Public Authority should be punish by the Commission in order to develop condfidence of citizen upon the Act.
    Fight for the Right.

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