Can the family details of a government employee be disclosed under RTI?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India seeking information regarding documents on the basis of which a particular employee was appointed along with his salary, family details etc. He also sought the copy of the rules which prescribe the maximum period for which an employee of the Corporation can serve in the same branch. The Public Information Officers (PIO) denied disclosure of the requested information after taking action as prescribed under section 11 of the RTI Act.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the PIO to provide information pertaining to the educational qualifications, name of institution and the year of passing out by the appellant as this formed the basis for gaining employment with the Corporation after meeting the required criteria. The CIC also held that the information pertaining to the salary paid to the appellant is also disclosable as he is holding the post of HGA in the Corporation. The Commission further stated that information pertaining to the family details of the party were not disposable as per the provisions of section 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.
Citation: Mr. Rajendra Yadav v. LIC of India in Appeal: No. CIC/DS/A/2012/000263
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/719
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