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ganpat1956 posted a topic in RTI in MediaNew Delhi, March 27: The department of personnel and training (DoPT), which is the government's nodal agency for instructions on the RTI Act, has been "misleading" several government offices with its website saying that file notings do not come under the law's ambit. The Central Information Commission (CIC) has made it clear through its decisions that disclosure of file notings under the RTI Act could be made to information seekers. The issue once again came up before the CIC after the President's secretariat, on an RTI application of one S S Bhamra, denied information pertaining to certain file notings on grounds that the DoPT website specifically talks of non-disclosure of such file notings. "We have earlier advised DoPT to remove this misleading information from their site. We expect them to do so immediately if the result of this inclusion on their site has been to mislead even so august an office as that of the President of India", said Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah in a recent order. Bhamra, an assistant in the President's secretariat, had filed two applications under the act before the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of the President's secretariat seeking disclosure of certain file notings with regard to its recruitment rules. The CPIO and, thereafter, the appellate authority in the President's secretariat while denying certain parts of the information sought, had said "...The appellant is hereby informed that the DoPT instructions exclude file notings from coming under the purview of information which can be accessed by the individuals." The commission, in an earlier order passed on January 29 this year, had asked DoPT to amend its website by removing its contradictory instructions which stated that the term "information" does not include "file notings". The CIC in its January decision, which came upon a RTI appeal of one Pyare Lal Verma against Ministry of Railways, had instructed DoPT to amend its website within a month. Zee News - DoPT portal "misleads" President`s office on file notings
NEW DELHI: Firing another salvo at the department of personnel and training (DoPT), the central information commission (CIC) has slapped a penalty on the department for the inordinate delay in giving information to a physically challenged person. The applicant, Kumar Avikal Manu, had cleared the civil services examination in May 2005 but had not been given a position or service. Manu approached DoPT in June 2006 for information regarding the service he had been allotted and the schedule fixed for his training and reporting for duty. Despite filing a petition with the appellate authority and the chief public information officer (CPIO), Manu did not get any response. He also approached the office of the chief commissioner for persons with disabilities, which issued notices to DoPT but did not receive a response. The appellant then approached CIC under the Right to Information (RTI) Act for information relating to his appointment. The commission has pulled up DoPT for its "inhuman" and "inefficient" handling of the application. Referring to the CPIO, the commission noted, "He has indeed paid scant regard to the provisions of the RTI Act. Not only the penalty of Rs 25,000 is to be imposed for his negligent attitude...but also a suitable compensation should be paid to the complainant (Manu) by the DoPT for his sufferings on account of harassment, mental agony and loss of valuable time. "The commission has directed the DoPT secretary to identify the concerned officers who neglected in responding to Manu's application, explain why compensation should not be paid to the appellant and give the desired information within 15 working days. CIC also observed, "Secretary, DoPT, is directed to review the role and performance of the CPIOs in his ministry, particularly in light of various advice given to the DoPT in the last one year. And accordingly, take appropriate action so as to meet the national expectations from the passage of this Act by Parliament." The commission has in the past locked horns with DoPT over whether notings made by officials on files come under the purview of the RTI Act. In fact, the government has steadfastly refused to reveal information related to file notings and the decision to amend the RTI Act even received a nod from the Union cabinet. It was only an uproar by civil society and non-government organisations that postponed its passage in Parliament. DoPT fined for keeping disabled applicant waiting-India-NEWS-The Times of India