Seeking details regarding pay fixation, seniority list, and other service matter under RTI
The appellant filed some applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the North Western Railway Headquarters seeking details regarding his service matter such as pay fixation, his position in the seniority list, issuance of the seniority list, selection of Group B employees and benefits given to Senior Clerks after cadre reorganization etc. The Public Information Officer (PIO) responded to the application.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondents stated that the appellant has been filing multiple RTI applications on the same issue. The respondent also referred to an earlier decision of the Commission regarding similar queries from the same applicant and submitted that as per the directions given by the CIC, the appellant was allowed to inspect all the files dealing with his service matters and no additional information exists to be given. The appellant stated that he has inspected the files but the information which he is looking for is not available in said files. The Commission then informed the appellant that he could not be given information which is not available in the files of the public authority as under the RTI Act only available information can be given.
View of CIC
The Central Information Commission (CIC) held that all the available information has been given to the appellant and no further disclosure is needed. However, in the interest of the appellant, the Commission once again grants the opportunity of inspection of all the relevant records related to all the issues that he has mentioned in all the three RTI applications so that he can satisfy himself about the non- availability of information. The Commission also recommended that the competent authority should take a decision on the issue of appellant’s pay fixation and communicate the same to him.
Citation: Mr. Nandkishore Gupta v. North Western Railway Headquarters Office in File No. CIC/AD/A/2012/002424, File No. CIC/AD/A/2012/002425, File No. CIC/AD/A/2012/002426
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/896
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