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nk agarwal

PIO replying without giving his/her name

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nk agarwal

(1) Is it mandatory for the PIOs to put their names below the signature in the replies sent to applicants?

(2) Is the only objective of RTI Act-2005 to provide acess to info to the citizen and the citizens derives no right under this act to bring/ask for accountability and transparency in the working of public authority?

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Prasad GLN

Let, as citizens focus on our right alone.

Our Right as a citizen is to to get information alone. The enactment is for Accountability and transparency. By seeking such information a citizens knows the affairs of public authority, which was veiled beyond public glare before enactment of RTI.

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Here ends the role of RTI

The only right of citizen is to get information not exempted.

PIO's obligation is to provide that information on record which is available in material form and not exempted under Sec.8 or Sec.9

 

RTI is just a Highway. Destination is some where and you have to reach destination through Highway. Previously you have no Road, and it is all forest and uphill mountain in dealing with public autorities. RTI is now a National Highway you can travel fast within a given time frame.

 

So bringing logical conclusion the issue as remedy is proceeding further through complaints and making a vigorous follow up.

 

Going or interpreting the simple law as we please and as though we are superior to selected and appointed officials creates friction and misunderstanding of RTI Act, this is the reason many officials hate RTI and Activists.

Hope I am clear. Why one should bother whether PIO is following the well down format for responding to RTI or not when information is the only focus. It should be mentioned at appropriate places or if PIO is really ignorant, help him in reverse by providing DOPT circular that states How PIO should reply, but do not try to show your finger on small mistakes like not mentioning name of PIO, not providing telephone number etc, unless they make a serious difference to you in receiving information.

 

(I know that the query is from a Skill member, and I ought not have stated this , but the posts can not only be read by such skilled member alone, and even new members should know the limitations of RTI Act, hence this clarification as I understand RTI)

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nk agarwal

Query from skilled member or novice is not an issue but, relates to the objectives as enshrined in the RTI Act-2005. (1) Seeking availabe info through the Act, is yes an important aspect for a citizen. (2) But, the Act also gives an opportunity to the citizen, to ask for transparency and accountability in the working of the public authority. None from outside would come to clean it, though a very difficult work for the common man as a citizen.

I understand all communications from public servants should be signed with the name and designation of the officer doing so or authorised to do so.

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Prasad GLN

Sir,

Even before enactment of RTI, there are "Secretarial rules and regulations" which mandate that every signature of officer, should state his name, designation, date with such seal while dealing with general public. This is most important, as if after some years, in challenging of such documents, identification of the person who signed the document becomes a mystery, if he fails to mention his name , designation etc.

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nk agarwal

Exactly, this is the point.

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