Crucial issues of reservation in education and employment
The appellant sought the certified copy of letter no. 1/14/2012-ORR Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, whether the circular issued by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, First Hon’ble President of India on 10.08.1950 is available with their office. The appellant was asked to deposit Rs. 360 for 180 pages of the entire file concerning the information sought but the appellant did not respond and approached the CIC with a second appeal. It was informed to the CIC that file concerning the letter belonged to Ministry of Law and Justice and it is currently with a few researchers. It was also submitted that the files under the possession of National Archives of India are being digitized according to priority basis and the file concerning RTI queries raised by the appellant in this matter shall also be digitized.
The CIC observed that the letter as stated by both parties contains subject-matter of constitutional benefits to Scheduled Castes and categories concerning crucial issues of reservation in education and employment, which as a matter of fact and law should have been disclosed voluntarily on their website under Section 4(1)(b) of RTI Act. The Public Authority should have scanned and uploaded such files on their official website in compliance of section of 4 (1) (b) of RTI Act or even after receiving the RTI application or given the complete document in CD collecting the cost. This information should have been made available by other concerned ministries also. The CIC directed the PIO to provide soft copy of the entire document sought in a CD in fifteen days free of cost and upload the digitized form of the documents on their website as soon as possible.
The Public Authority is required to upload certain information on their official website in compliance of section of 4 (1) (b) of RTI Act.
Citation: Renu Jain v. Department of Education Dr. Mallikarjun K S - DDE Mr. V.K. Kajal -PIO in F. No. CIC/DIRED/A/2017/188568, Date of Decision: 23.07.2018
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/