Disclosure of seniority list for DPC sought under RTI
The appellant sought information about her position in the seniority list of the department. She also requested for Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) list and copies of Recruitment Rules etc. The Public Information Officer (PIO) forwarded point-wise reply as given by the deemed PIO, Superintendent (E-III) to the applicant. The First Appellate Authority (FAA) directed the E–II branch to respond to queries of the appellant’s RTI application. The E-II branch provided the information to the appellant.
During the hearing, the appellant stated that the seniority list provided by the respondents does not indicate the correct position of her seniority. The respondents stated that they have provided the factual information to the appellant as per their records. The appellant produced a copy of another seniority list which reflected some contradiction in the position taken by the public authority with regard to the appellant’s seniority. The appellant also cited a case of another person who had joined the services of the public authority after the appellant, but was having higher rank than the appellant in the seniority list.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) held that the issue was purely administrative in nature. The Commission remanded the case back to the FAA directing him to grant a personal hearing and examine the authenticity of the statements of both the appellant and the PIO on the basis of the records available with the public authority as well as with the appellant and then pass a speaking order in the matter.
Citation: Ms. Sharda Devi v. Directorate of Education in File No. CIC/AD/A/2012/001078
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/487
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