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Salary and official address can be disclosed under RTI


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In a well argued order, IC SA has ruled that salary details and official address are disclosable under RTI:

 

Information about salary and official address of public servant is public in nature and shall be disclosed to any person including spouse. Salary details including deductions contained in Salary slip or certificate and residential address of the public servants is personal information, and also third party information. Only after proof of larger public interest such information also can be given…. The spouses do have right to get any information about each other though they are involved in marital disputes/civil, criminal cases filed mutually against them. They can also seek information if in public domain to help them to prove or disprove the charges. But the information about their person unconnected with the discharge of public duties cannot be sought unless they establish a larger public interest. Filing of 50 RTI applications reflects the personal animosity but not public interest.

 

 

This decision is also important because iot analyses Sec 8(1)(j) threadbare !

Salary and official address are disclosable.pdf

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Prasad GLN

With due respects, I could not understand what is New in the decision. Larger public interest always prevailed in all exemptions and the same was retold in this decision also. (However there is a clarity in decision in case of husband that he can seek information on his wife and vice versa)

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With due respects, I could not understand what is New in the decision. Larger public interest always prevailed in all exemptions and the same was retold in this decision also. (However there is a clarity in decision in case of husband that he can seek information on his wife and vice versa)

 

The IC has nicely analysed each and every part of Sec 8(1)(j). Useful for future references.

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