Central University of Jharkhand provided nil response to the RTI Application after a lapse of almost four months. CIC recorded that "It clearly indicates that the Central University of Jharkhand is making a mockery of the provisions of the RTI Act and there seems to be no application of mind either on part of the CPIO or the FAA."
A show cause notice was issued to the Dr KP Mahanta, CPIO as to why action u/s 20(1) of the RTI Act be not initiated against him for the unwarranted delay in providing the information.
CIC also recorded that "If there are other persons responsible for delay in providing information to the appellant, the CPIO is directed to inform such persons of the show cause notice and direct them to provide a response to the Commission. A copy of this order was also marked to Prof Darlando T.Khathing, Vice Chancellor, Central University, Jharkhand, with directions to ensure that the provisions of the RTI Act are adhered to, both in letter and spirit. The officials dealing with the Right to Information should ensure that information is provided within the stipulated timeframe.
The Central University of Jharkhand came into being under the Central Universities Act, 2009 that envisages establishing and incorporating universities for teaching and research in the various states on 1st of March, 2009. The University offers 5-year Integrated Courses that are carefully designed to meet the multidisciplinary needs including Choice-based Credit system (CBCS) across 10 Semesters. Admission will be based on the score obtained by a candidate in the Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET- 2013). The details of the RTI can be seen in this webpage of the University.
Central University of Jharkhand
Vide RTI dt 8.5.13, appellant had sought information on 2 points seeking rules relating to treatment. Advocate for the public authority submitted that in response to appeal dt 10.6.13, FAA vide letter dt 17.7.13 directed the CPIO to provide a response to the appellant provided the information sought was not exempted. CPIO vide order dt 4.10.13, informed the appellant that there is no such order. Appellant submitted that his RTI was filed on 8.5.13 and the CPIO has provided a response finally on 4.10.13 and that too after a lapse of almost four months.
Central Information Commissioner
File No.CIC/RM/A/2013/000730, Decision: http://rti.cc/3z
Appellant: Kumar Pankaj Anand, Morabadi, Ranchi
Public Authority: Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi
Date of Hearing: 21.11.2013
Date of decision: 16.12.2013
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