THE department of personal and training (DoPT) has warned various departments and ministries that failing to maintain official records may force them to pay compensation to the complainant. In fact, poor maintaining of official records has turned out to be a handicap for delivering information to RTI (Right to Information) applicants. The department of personal and training (DoPT) has now asked all ministries and departments to strictly adhere to the mandate of Section 4(1)(a) of the RTI Act which requires every public authority to maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and form which would facilitate the right to information.
In fact, the Central Information Commission in a particular case pointed out that such a default could qualify for payment of compensation to the complainant. “Section 19(8)(b) of the Act gives power to the Commission to require the concerned public authority to compensate the complainant for any loss or other detriment suffered,” an office memorandum dated
January 20, 2010 said.
DoPT’s Office Memo, dated
January 20, 2010
Profile of DR Karthikeyan, retired IPS and recipient of Padma Sri award
It was not an easy task for DR Karthikeyan, an IPS officer of 1964 batch, to investigate the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Unlike the assassinations of Mahatma Gandhi or former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the 1991 case of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination was quite a tricky one. But Karthikeyan who as a special director headed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, did a commendable job. The appreciation came from none other than Supreme Court Bench looking into the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
On the eve of 61st Republic Day, Karthikeyan is one of the just four former civil servants to get a Padma award. Born on
October 2, 1939 and with a degree of BSc and BL, Karthikeyan held several postings abroad including in and Moscow , to finally move up the police service ladder to become CBI director. Australia
Who will investigate what's on Karthikeyan's mind about his next big move?