Addressing the issue of non-receipt of PF through RTI
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Employees' Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) seeking information about Form number 6A and 3A of EPF deposits for employees working at a particular Industry and a godown. The Public Information Officer (PIO) did not provide the information.
During the hearing the before Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondent stated that appellant had asked for copies of annual returns filed by the employees which cannot be disclosed as it contains sensitive details relating to various PF subscribers and is exempt under section 8(1)(e) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen, information available to a person in his fiduciary relationship, unless the competent authority is satisfied that the larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information; of the RTI Act. The appellant submitted that he is a contractual employee but his provident fund is not being deposited by the contractor(s) and he wanted the matter to be investigated by an enforcement officer. The respondent further stated that he will get the matter investigated and a copy of the report would be provided to the appellant.
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The Commission directed the respondent to get the appellant’s matter investigated by an enforcement officer and provide a copy of the report to him within 45 days from the date of receipt of the order.
Citation: Mr. Kaliram v. EPFOin File No. CIC/BS/A/2012/000774/2601
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1353
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