What is contained in confidential reports is undoubtedly â€˜personal informationâ€™ about that employee. The ACRs are protected from disclosure because arguably such disclosure seriously harm interpersonal relationship in a given organization. Further, the ACR notings represent an interaction based on trust and confidence between the officers involved in initiating, reviewing or accepting the ACRs. These officers could be seriously embarrassed and even compromised if their notings are made public. There are, thus, reasonable grounds to protect all such information through a proper classification under the Official Secrets Act.
Refusing Mission Netaji's plea to review its decision in Netaji-R&AW case, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has stated that it has "no jurisdiction to pass any orders/decisions" to India's external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). The CIC has stated in a letter issued on 9 April 2007 that R&AW, which figures in the in the Second Schedule of the RTI Act, is beyond its preview, unless the matter involves allegation of corruption and human rights violation.
I had asked about a lawyer being present when I am being shown documents by a bank. Actually what I had in mind was an income tax consultant or a chartered accountant being present because they can advise me regarding framing further queries. I have now been told that since I have asked the question, they will show the document only to me and not to an outsider - not even anyone from the bank itself. They want to know under what section of the RTI Act, I am asking for an outsider to be present.
In a survey conducted by CHRI etc it was congregated that several RTI application in the Terror, Insurgency, and Naxal prone states are regularly delayed and often denied by the Government official under the swathe of Secret and Secured Information tag.
No doubt there are definition under RTI act about the informations those cannot be revealed due to Security etc raison d'Ãªtre , but still the lack of awareness @ knowledge of the general public about such clauses and the initial dissuasion and discouragement by the Govt official is sufficient for him/her to withdraw any of his/her RTI application.
So besides imparting knowledge to such Laymen what are the penalties for such piercing and shroud officials who alibi terrorism, insurgency and naxalism etc to loiter revealing those information to the general public which are not part of any security intimidation.
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