The Nodal Ministry, Department of Personnel and Training for Right to Information Act has earlier directed all the Ministries to keep the trail of all previous Public Information Officers in their website with effect from 1st January 2015.
One of the items to be disclosed proactively by the public authorities under Section 4(1)(b) pertains to the names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers and its updation on yearly basis. It has been observed that in some of the public authorities, there are frequent changes at the level of the Central Public INformation Officer (CPIOs) and First Appellate Authorities (FAAs). During updation of the names and designations of the CPIOs / FAAs, the public authorities remove the names and designations of the earlier ones from their website.
Trail of all previous Public Information Officer
In the absence of complete details (Name and designation etc) of the CPIO concerned at the relevant time, the Central Information COmmission while adjudicating the second appeals faces difficulty in proceeding with the matter to afford reasonable opportunity of hearing to CPIO, which delays disposal of the cases.
In order to avoid any hardship to CPIOs/ FAAs, all the Public Authorities are now directed to put on their website the details of all such officers designated during different periods, beginning from 1st January 2015 till date and keep it updating from time to time. CPIOs Orders. The Order of DoPT can be read and downloaded from here: CPIOs Orders!