Is the PIO obliged to attest the documents provided under RTI?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Directorate of Education seeking information against some points including the name of leave sanctioning authority in case of child care leave (CCL) to school employees, number of the teachers who had applied for CCL with zone wise details of the teachers who were denied CCL and the reasons for rejecting the application for childcare leave. He also wanted to know whether the period of CCL applied for be granted after splitting the period in two kinds of leave. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided some information. The applicant filed first appeal stating that he has received response from the PIO but the enclosures are not attested. He also stated that information against some points has not been given and that the reasons for rejecting the application for childcare leave are not correct.
During the hearing the before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant wanted to know the reason for not granting CCL and whether the period of CCL applied for be granted after splitting the period in two kinds of leave.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the PIO to allow the appellant to inspect the relevant records dealing with the applications for child care leave and provide the copies of file notings indicating the reasons for not granting the CCL to the applicant. The Commission also directed the PIO to provide the rule regarding whether the period of CCL applied for be granted after splitting the period in two kinds of leave and if there is no such rule is available on records to inform the appellant accordingly.
Citation: Mr. Subhash Chander v. Directorate of Education in File No: CIC/AD/A/2012/001981
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/750
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