Can the names of Members of the Interview Board be denied under RTI?
The appellant had appeared in an interview for promotion from non-executive cadre to the executive cadre. Later, he filed an application under Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking the names and numbers of the Members of the Board of Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP). The Public Information Officer (PIO) objected to disclosure of the information stating that the Members of the Board are the officials of BSP and disclosure of their identity would be prejudicial to their day to day working in the Plant.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) accepted the PIO’s plea. The Commission also observed that if the appellant is keen to inspect the documents relating to the interview of his own stream, he may be permitted to do so.
There seems to be a lack of consistency in the decision of the various benches of the CIC regarding the disclosure of the names of the interview board members and it would be advisable to form a larger bench to examine the issue.
Citation: Mr. T N Singh v. Bhilai Steel Plant, in File No.CIC/LS/A/2011/003890
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/467
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