Providing Personal Information under RTI Act not Obligatory : Naveen Agarwal
Workshop on RTI Organised in Kota University
Nagpur. "RTI Act section 8(1) (J) provides that it is not at all a legal obligation on the information officer to give the personal information of any employee," informed Naveen Mahesh Kumar Agarwal, a well known RTI Act expert and trainer, Registrar of Dada Ramchand Bakhru Sindhu Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur while delivering his address as the keynote speaker in a day-long workshop on RTI Act organised in Kota University, Rajasthan.
Quoting a verdict of the honourable Supreme Court in this regard, Agarwal added that it is not binding on the information officer under the act to provide the information about the memos, show cause notices issued to the employees, their property, loans taken from any bank, income tax deductions, financial investments and gifts received or given in service period of the employees. But he further added that if the personal information of the employees is in the larger interest of the public, the Public Information Officer may decide to provide such information.
The workshop was inaugurated with the lighting of the traditional lamp by the Chairman of the inaugural function Prof. N K Jayman, Chief Guest Dr. R K Choubisa, Keynote speaker Shri Naveen Maheshkumar Agrawal, Registrar Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyaya and Dr. Vikrant Sharma.
Dr. Choubisa in his address spoke on all the important aspects of the RTI Act. Dr. Jayman opined that the RTI act should be included in the syllabus for the benefit of the students.
Shri Agrawal was earlier felicitated with shrifal and shwal at the hands of Registrar of Kota University, Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyaya.
The program was compered by Dr. Vikrant Sharma whereas Dr. H.S. Shaktawat proposed a vote of thanks. The program was largely attended by the teachers, employees, high ranking officers and students of the university.