CIC pulls up Vigilance Comn., non-implementation of RTI
NEW DELHI: The transparency watchdog has pulled up the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) for not implementing the RTI Act in its true spirit.
"We do find the practice of the CVC, of not informing the complainant of the disposal of his complaint, is not in keeping with the spirit of the RTI Act which demands transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority," Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said.
The CIC's observations came while dismissing an appeal of Dharam Prakash Verma, who had sought action against a CVC official for not informing him about the closure of his complaint pending before it.
The CVC had contended before the information panel that there is no practice of informing the complainant about the final disposal order.
"The procedure in the CVC is that on receipt of a complaint, an acknowledgement is issued but there is no practice of informing the complainant of the final order of disposal," it submitted.
Finding the explanation sans merit, the CIC said, "We recommend to the CVC to bring its practice into the fullest conformity with the spirit of the RTI Act." Verma had sought details on his complaint filed against Chairman Ordnance Factories Board with the CVC.
To which, the CVC replied that his complaint was forwarded to the ministry concerned for investigation and report. On receipt of the investigation report, the CVC had decided to close the case, it said.