Through his RTI application, the applicant sought information regarding whether the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) had received his registered letter in respect of his ANC-01 Study Material, reasons for delay in receiving of his study material, total number of temporary and permanent employees in their office etc. Before the CIC, the applicant stated that the requisite information was received by him after a prolonged delay. The CIC noted that the Applicant had received the information sought by him after a substantial period of delay which was against the spirit of the RTI Act, 2005. Therefore, the CIC cautioned the PIO to exercise due care in future to ensure that correct and complete information is furnished timely to the RTI applicant(s) as per provisions of the Act failing which penal proceedings under Section 20 shall be initiated.
The case depicts the myriad ways in which the citizens are using the RTI Act to improve the delivery of services to them. The PIO was fortunate to get away with a reprimand and not a penalty of Rs. 250/- for each day of delay in replying to the RTI application.
Citation: Mr. Virender Singh v. CPIO, Indira Gandhi National Open University in CIC/IGNOU /A/2017/171940-BJ, Date of Decision: 16.11.2018
Dr. Anuradha Verma (email@example.com) is the co-author of the books: RIGHT TO INFORMATION – LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO’s guide to RTI. Her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/