by Saumya Ramakrishnan
“A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both,” said James Madison,
My experience with CIC is very damaging to the provisions of the Act. Applications filed with PIO are disposed with different versions - Information not in records; Denied under section 8 (1); denied under section 7(9) and some times not even citing any reasons required under section 8 & 9. Appeals filed with FAA are never responded. NOW appeals filed with CIC takes more than 6 to 9 months. INVARIABLY IC reroutes the applications or with holds the order/decisions for unspecified period. I attended court of IC(SS) on 3rd October 2012, orders/decision to that hearing is still not pronounced. Other order /decision to which I was never summoned to present my case the case has been reverted back to PIO without taking note that the channel has already been exhausted. THUS it can be said that Act is made to provide shelter to Public Authority who can influence IC's to keep information's at a distance from applicants to protect their interest. MY PENDING Appeals in office of CIC are proof to this claim.
Sir, I have called for certain misinformation from PIO ( State Information Commission Chennai ) on 08-08-2012. 2. No response from PIO even expiry of 30 days. Hence, I have filed First appeal on 10-10-12. As there was l no response either from PIO or from Appellate Authority till 8-11-12.. I have applied for second appeal on 9-11-2012. 3. I have personally approached the Officials to know the fate of my RTI Application dated 8-8-12. But, unfortunately, they are unable to locate my application till 9-11-12. I have also filled grievances petition through on line on 15-11-12 and also issued notice to State Chief Information Commissioner to send reply within 21 days to avoid legal action against them under C P Act or under other Act. Inform the further course of action to be taken if no reply is received from SCIC within 21 days. Regards, C. Shanmugam . 16-11-12 E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Right to Information Act (RTI) 2005 empowers a citizen. It provides a tool in the hands of common man by which he can garner valued information on the cause of delays in governance delivery services. Even though there may not be vast changes in the delivery systems of governance yet no official can sit complacently that his actions won't get questioned and duly scrutinised publicly. Very Handy and Good Article.
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