Certified copies of guidelines for transfer & posting issued by LIC was sought & whether the transfer of an individual was as per guidelines - PIO: Information was not held in material form; posting done as per suitability of candidate - CIC: Order upheld
1. The appellant Shri Shyam Bihari Prajapati, submitted RTI application dated 19.05.2014 before the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), Life Insurance Corporation of India, Mumbai seeking information – certified copies of guidelines for transfer and posting issued by LIC of India, Central Office, Mumbai; list of persons who were transferred during the year 2014 against the guidelines issued; and whether the transfer of Shri Pankaj Vora, Manager MINS DO-Bhopal to Gwalior done after two years was as per the guidelines through three points.
2. The CPIO vide letter dated 04.06.2014 provided copy of LIC (Employees) Regulation, 1960 on point 1; and copy of guidelines dated 24.11.2006 regarding job rotation point 3; on point 2 the appellant was informed that the information was not held in material form. Dissatisfied with the reply of the CPIO, the appellant filed an appeal on 20.06.2014 before the first appellate authority (FAA). The FAA vide order dated 01.08.2014 concurred with the decision of the CPIO.
3. Thereafter the appellant filed the present appeal before the Commission.
4. The matter was heard by the Commission. The appellant stated that the respondents had not provided satisfactory information on points 2 and 3. The respondents stated that the information on point 2 i.e. the transfers affected against such guidelines was not kept in material form. On point 3 regarding transfer of Shri Pankaj Vora from Bhopal to Gwalior the relevant circular had been furnished to the appellant. The Circular contains a set of instructions which was applicable to all. The posting of Shri Vora was done on de-rotation by the Central Zone to DO Gwalior, keeping in view the suitability of the candidate. They added that the copies of requests for transfer of third party cannot be provided to the appellant.
5. The Commission accepts the submissions of the respondents and upholds their decision. The appeal is disposed of.
Citation: Shri Shyam Bihari Prajapati v. Life Insurance Corporation of India in Appeal: No. CIC/MP/A/2014/0018