Re: Information that has to be "created" or "collected", cannot be denied under RTI....
Thank you, Karira,
From your earlier post:
The quoted ruling only says that since costs (as defined in the 2005 rules) can be collected, no information can be denied. It does not say that PIOs are responsible for creating information. "Creating pages" can hardly be termed "creating information". Besides, it does not say that the PIO must create pages. The original act forces the PIO to create photocopies, that's all.
In a recent decision, due to persuasive arguments of the appellants representative, the CIC ordered that even information that has to be "created" or "collected" must be given to the applicant:
Under Rule 4 (a) of the RTI Act (Regulation of Fee & Cost Rules) 2005 which came into force on September 16, 2005 a fee is expected to be charged for each page “created or copied”, which indicates that all information held by or under the control of any public authority is accessible to the public as is covered by the ‘right to information ’ defined in sec. 2(j), even when it needs to ‘collected’.
Is my interpretation correct?
Then God said, "Let there be light"... but we said, no, we want first the RTI! Then we will light up our own lives, and those of our fellow beings. But God said, "No, I can't. I am not a fool to open my books to you. Go away!"