Information regarding contribution of citizens in Planning Process under RTI
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Planning Commission seeking information regarding contribution of citizens in Planning Process in the country; the main challenges before the country in the next five to ten years and the Planning Commission’s action plan for different sectors. The Public Information Officer (PIO) returned the RTI application to the appellant with the request to submit the application fee in the correct format.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the PIO informed the appellant the procedure for citizen’s participation in Plan Formulation and identification of challenges. He also informed the appellant that wide ranging consultations were held with various stakeholders including civil societies, business associations, different levels of Government viz. Central, State and local representative institutions etc. and efforts were made to reach out to all citizens, during preparations of the 12th Five Year Plan. The respondents further informed the appellant about the formation of various working groups and steering committees on different sectors, the reports of which were available on the Planning Commission’s website.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) rejected the appeal observing that requisite information as per record and permissible under the RTI Act has been provided to the appellant.
Citation: Mr. Shyam Sunder Joshi v. Planning Commission in Case No. CIC/SS/A/2012/001408
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/790
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