I really do not know the methodology and basis of information used to arrive at the figure of 15-20% reduction in corruption or that 95% decisions are in favour of information seekers.
As per the CIC website itself, the latest annual report (2005-06) says:
(please refer to pages 51 and 52 of the main report)
Total Received: 451
Accepted: 192 (42.5%)
Rejected: 86 (19.1%)
Remanded: 7 (1.6%)
Others: 156 (34.8%)
Pending: 11 (2.2%)
From page 50 of the report:
The Commission allowed 43 per cent of the appeals filed and rejected approximately 19
per cent. However, it returned 35 per cent of the appeals, which belonged to the category
termed as ‘Others’. These returned appeals were those where the Commissioners could
not give a favourable or unfavourable decision. Since these could not be considered for a
final decision, they were returned with suitable advice to the applicant. This indicates a
lot of effort is required for, ‘…educating general public and develop and organise
educational programmes to advance the understanding of the public, in particular of
disadvantaged communities as to how to exercise the rights contemplated under the Act’
(Section 26 of the Act).
Total received: 252
Total disposed: 241
No further analysis of the complaints is available in the report or the CIC website.
The Annual Report for 2006-07 has been delayed because Public Authorities have not submitted data to the CIC inspite of several reminders. The CIC website carries a message on its home page:
sage for submission of Annual Returns (for 2006-07) Central Information Commission has fixed the deadline for submission of Annual Returns (for 2006-07) by 29.2.2008, failing which they will be treated as defaulters in the Annual report. The Public Authorities may submit their returns electronically.