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Filing RTI Application with one’s own organisation

An employee filed an application with his own public authority seeking information certain information about the decision of an independent committee. The desired information was not provided to her by the PIO while stating that she can get the information through proper channel. The PIO submitted that the appellant being an employee of the same organisation, the RTI application was put up before the higher authorities and based on the decisions taken by the higher authorities, a reply was provided to her. The CIC held that the PIO was supposed to address the points raised by the Appellant in her RTI application rather than stating that the applicant being herself an employee of the respondent is a part of information provider and can get the information through proper channel. The CIC cautioned the PIO to strictly follow the RTI regime while handling the RTI applications in future.

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As per Section 3 of the RTI Act, a citizen has every right to file a RTI application and the PIO is legally bound to reply to the same. Even though one may be an employee of the organisation, it does not take away the right to file an application under the RTI Act to that organisation as a citizen.

Citation: Ani Dath v. ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute in Decision no.: CIC/CARIT/A/2018/166218/02856, Date of Decision: 12/02/2020

Dr. Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) is an expert on RTI matters and has co-authored the books RIGHT TO INFORMATION - LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO’s guide to RTI. Apart from her weekly article here, her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at the link: www.rtifoundationofindia.com

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