Shadow file under RTI

In a recent decision, Central Information Commission directed the Public Information Officer (PIO) to provide certified copy of the Shadow file under RTI. This issue was discussed in the discussions here “Shadow files in Government“. As per the Manual of Office Procedure of Government of India: “If the reference seeks an opinion, ruling-or concurrence of …

Filing of FIR is no solution to missing files

When PIO looses certain records CIC has directed the authorities to come up with policy and action  in alternative. Filing of FIR is no solution to missing files. When What will be alternative plan ? Who will be responsible for keeping record ? What action will be initiated to fix responsibility and consequences thereof ? In what appears to be deviation to set procedure of filing First Information Report (FIR) with Police for missing or lost …

Claim that a file is missing or is not traceable has no legality under RTI

In a significant decision Central Information Commission (CIC) has ruled that unless proved that record was destroyed as per the prescribed rules of destruction/ retention policy, it is deemed that record continues to be held by public authority. The decision has been posted at out wiki Segment, for those who want to use it as …