Power department employees making use of RTI Act

AS Reported in The HINDU on May 4, 2008

New Delhi (PTI): The Right to Information Act has found an interesting
utility, with employees of the power department in the capital using
the law as a tool to get information on their job-related grievances.

The Delhi Transco Limited is bombarded with applications from its
employees under the RTI Act, which should ideally be invoked for
eliciting information on the power situation.

"Kindly furnish break-up of my marks obtained in the criteria i.e.
confidential reports (with year-wise break-up), test, experience and
qualification during the departmental promotion committee held in
May'06," reads one RTI application.

Another application from a Transco employee read: "Were my
confidential reports for the period 1996-97, 97-98, 98-99, 99-2000,
2000-01, 01-02 counted for the assessment during the second
departmental promotion committee held in the month of May'06."

"As many as 99 per cent of the RTI applications come from within the
department and queries are related to personal grievances," said Madhu
Malati, Additional Public Information Officer with Transco.

Commenting on the applications from the employees, she said, "Now,
four people took the test and one of them did not qualify. So he or
she would like to know the test results and why he or she did not