Thursday, March 19, 2015

If RTI information is denied, give a detailed reason: Panel

A GOVERNMENT-appointed panel, comprising representatives from DoPT, home ministry and Central Information Commission, has said, in case information requested through RTI is denied, "detailed reasons for denial quoting the relevant sections of the RTI Act" should be...

clearly mentioned in the RTI reply. Though the panel was constituted to devise a standard format of reply to an RTI query, the committee recommended that there should not be a model or standard format for reply to the RTI Application as "there is no such provision in the RTI Act or RTI Rules".
It was however recommended that a few points could be uniformly adopted by the public information officers while replying to RTI applications. “In case the information requested for is denied, detailed reasons for denial quoting the relevant sections of the RTI Act should be clearly mentioned”.
Also, in case the information pertains to other public authority (for example, if the information sought in the PMO belongs to that of MEA), the details of the public authority to whom the application is transferred, should be given.
It was also suggested that in the concluding para of the reply, it should be clearly mentioned that the First Appeal, if any, against the reply of the CPIO may be made to the First Appellate Authority within 30 days of receipt of reply of CPIO.
Do you have any suggestion to make? In a circular dated March 17, 2015, the DoPT asked citizens to give their suggestions in an email to The letter should be addressed to RK Girdhar, Under Secretary (RTI).

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