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"Forwarding CPIO" to be punished if there is no reply

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Reply saying "RTI application was forwarded to someone” is no information and it amounts deemed refusal of the CPIO, who forwarded it and to who it was forwarded if information was not given.


When one organization like EPFO has many CPIOs it is the duty of each CPIO to ensure that someone would furnish the information, if not the forwarding CPIO along with concerned CPIO shall be liable for penalty.


CIC also recorded that It seems the "entire RTI wing does not realise their duty to furnish certified copies to the applicants as per RTI Act and do not understand that website cannot give the certified copies".


Decision is attached.


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