Public Authority should give information without being bothered if at all an organisation is covered under RTI or not
It is not relevant if any organsation is covered under RTI or not, the public authority should give information which is available with him or which he can access from that organisation. In the recent matter which came up for hearing with CIC, Public Authority Canteen Stores Department, Mumbai denied information taking the plea that Unit Run Canteen (URC) is not a public authority.
“CPIO submitted that URC is not a public authority and hence information has been denied. “
Organisation is covered under RTI
The CIC recorded that
“even if hypothetically the CPIO’s claim of URC not being a public authority is conceded with, fact remains that the Appellant has sought information from a public authority and not from URC, therefore the contention of the CPIO that URC is not a public authority will not apply to the merits of this case”.
CIC decided the appeal by giving directions to CPIO to provide information to the Appellant pertaining to the RTI Application which is available with him or which he can access from URC. The decision can be downloaded from our website by following the link here: Bharat_Bhusahn_Khulbe. If you have further questions regarding RTI, kindly go ahead and post it over our forum here.