Can offer of inspection be claimed as denial of information

offer-of-inspectionCentral Information Commission (CIC) in its recent order ruled that offer of inspection cannot be claimed as denial of information and it indicates the willingness of the Public Information officer (PIO) to disclose information. Commission noted that “It would be easier for the Respondent to supply those documents identified by the Appellant after inspection thereby curbing unnecessary wastage of paper.”

However, the Commission advises the PIO to supply those documents that can be supplied instantly and to offer inspection if it is scattered over several files.

The RTI Act 2005 prescribes that applicant can inspect the document, there is no provision to state that PIO has discretion to direct applicant to do the inspection.

The Provision of RTI Act states that;

A citizen has a right to inspect the records of a public authority. For inspection of records, the public authority shall charge no fee for the first hour. But a fee of rupees five (Rs.5/-) for each subsequent hour (or fraction thereof) shall be charged.

Offer of inspection

The full decision of the CIC can be read and downloaded from here! You can also read decisions relating to Inspection of record under RTI Act here:

Can PIO direct inspection of records under RTI without knowing where the information is?

Guide to RTI (Issued by DoPT in 2013)

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3 comments on “Can offer of inspection be claimed as denial of information
  1. THE PENALTY FIXED FOR DELAY IN SUBMISSION OF INFORMATION TO THE APPLICANT SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY COLLECTED FROM THE DEFAULTING CPIOS.

  2. AS TIME FRAME OF THIRTY DAYS HAVE BEEN FIXED FOR CPIOS.SIMILARLY REASONABLE TIME FRAME SHOULD ALSO BE FIXED FOR FIRST APPELLATE AUTHORITY.

  3. surendera says:

    As per RTI Act 2005, PIO has no power to ask an information seeker to inspect the doc/file etc. It is the prerogative of the Applicant under section 2(j)(ii) to do it or not. Even Commission can also request aa appellant to inspect

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