Can an examiner work as a shooter on permanent basis without change of cadre and related information was sought - PIO: Furnishing of answers to queries are not covered under the RTI Act - CIC: Points raised are not strictly covered/s 2(f); Denial upheld
The appellant has sought the following information with regard to Ordnance Factories:
1. Whether an industrial employee, appointed as an examiner, can work as a shooter, on permanent basis, without change of cadre or post?
2. What is the entry pay for Shooters?
3. How to handle weapon with misfired live cartridge in it? How the cartridge is removed and who removes it?
4. And other related information.
Grounds for 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 or the FAA’s order as the desired information was not provided to him.
The CPIO submitted that an appropriate reply was given to the appellant on 06.05.2019.
From a perusal of the relevant case records, it is noted that a suitable reply was given to the appellant on 06.05.2019 whereby it was stated that furnishing of answers to queries are not covered under the scope of RTI Act. It is pertinent to mention here that the points raised in the RTI application are not strictly covered/s 2(f) “information” means any material in any form, including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force; of the RTI Act, hence, no relief can be given to the appellant.
In view of the above, the Commission upholds the reply of the CPIO and does not find any scope for further intervention in the matter.
The appeal is disposed of accordingly.
Vanaja N. Sarna
Citation: Anant Chaturvedi v. Ministry of Defence Ordnance Factory Board in File no.: CIC/OFBKO/A/2019/647327, Date of Decision: 01/06/2021