Details of the employees appointed through Open Recruitment by submitting NOC during the period from 2006 to 2016 was sought - CIC: Appellant has sought information relating to many third parties and has failed to substantiate any larger public interest
The appellant has sought the following information:
1. Provide details of the employees who had been appointed through Open Recruitment by submitting NOC during the period from 2006 to 2016 and were granted grade pay from Rs. 1800/- to Rs.1900/-.
2. Provide copies of pay fixation orders in respect of the above stated employees in point No.1 above.
Grounds for filing Second Appeal
The CPIO did not provide the desired information.
Submissions made by Appellant and Respondent during Hearing:
The appellant submitted that he is not satisfied with the reply of the CPIO. He also submitted that pay fixation of third parties is not personal but the same is public information. The CPIO reiterated the contents of the reply dated 07.06.2021.
Based on a perusal of the record, it was noted that the CPIO vide letter dated 07.06.2021 replied to the appellant and informed that during the year 2006 to 2016, one person has been appointed as Store keeper. A copy of the pay fixation proforma cannot be provided u/s 8(1)(j) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen, information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be, is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such information: Provided that the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to any person. of the RTI Act. The said information relates to personal information of the individual and does not come in the purview of public interest. The FAA also vide order dated 20.07.2021 disposed of the first appeal and concurred with the CPIO’s reply. The CPIO vide written submissions dated 29.10.2022 reiterated the earlier replies.
The appellant has sought information relating to many third parties and has failed to substantiate any larger public interest and therefore, the reply is accepted as just and proper. No action lies.
The appeal is disposed of accordingly
Vanaja N. Sarna
Citation: Ramdeen v. Central Ordnance Depot, File No. CIC/OFBKO/A/2021/132020, Date of Decision: 02.11.2022