Queries cannot be changed at the appeal stage

The Central Information Commission while deciding the appeal held that an applicant cannot change the queries of his RTI application at the appeals stage.

In case the Appellant is interested in getting more information, he is at liberty to file a fresh RTI application to seek the same.  Read more ›


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Rejected proposal under subsidy scheme not to be disclosed

rejected-bak-proposal-rtiThe CPIO need not provide information regarding those proposals that were received, but were rejected and no disbursal was made.- CIC

He (the Appellant) has sought information regarding the financing proposals under the subsidy scheme, received by the bank from the District Rural Development Agency, Balasore.

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Opinion given by the Legal Officers / Branch of the public authority cannot be hidden under RTI

Opinion given by the Legal Officers

Opinion given by the Legal Officers

An opinion given by the panel advocate of a public authority can be denied under Section 8 (1) (e) of the RTI Act in view of the fiduciary relationship involved.  However, the same is not the case with the opinion given by the Legal Officers / Branch of the public authority.

The public authority claimed that the opinion given by the Delhi Legal Branch was not provided as it is an internal document of the bank.

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India has 4th Strongest RTI laws in the world- reveals the rating

India is top 4th in the world

India is top 4th in the world

Time to cheer on Right to Information Day when it has come to notice that India has 4th Strongest RTI laws in the world.  This report is available on 28th September which has been declared by UNESCO to be celebrated all over the world as “International Day for Universal Access to Information”. India as been ranked 4th in the world having strongest RTI Act. This has been done by a website rti-rating.org

The website however states

India has long been recognized as one of the most advanced countries in the world when it comes to access to information, but its failure to top this ranking is demonstrative that global standards of the right to access have advanced considerably since India’s law was first passed.

The top two reasons for India considered as lower in ranking are due to “blanket exceptions in Schedule 2 for various security, intelligence, research and economic institutes” and “not allowing access to information held by private entities which perform a public function“.

On analysis of the details it is also found that India has scored less on not only exemption reasons, but also on imposing less sanction. Here are the other major factors which are matter of concern in so far as RTI Act is concerned. In these matters India has scored lesser.

India has 4th strongest RTI Law

  1. There is a system for redressing the problem of public authorities which systematically fail to disclose information or underperform (either through imposing sanctions on them or requiring remedial actions of them).

  2. There are legal protections against imposing sanctions on those who, in good faith, release information which discloses wrongdoing (i.e. whistleblowers).

  3. A central body, such as an information commission(er) or government department, is only given overall responsibility for promoting the right to information.

  4. A system is not in place whereby minimum standards regarding the management of records are set and applied.

  5. There are clear and reasonable maximum timelines (20 working days or less) for responding to requests, regardless of the manner of satisfying the request (including through publication).

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CPIO warned for asking Citizenship proof under RTI

Citizenship Proof under RTI Act

Central Information Commission warned the Central Public Information Officer for asking for the applicants citizenship proof under RTI who held the reply stating that furnishing of citizenship proof is a pre-requisite for providing the information.

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