CIC decides the matter without granting an opportunity to the appellant
Ref: Complainant approached the CIC for directing a society to appoint PIO as per the RTI Act - Respondent: the complainant had neither filed application nor FA; If he had a grievance, he should approach the Registrar of Societies - CIC: complaint dismissed
Comment: The matter was decided by CIC without granting an opportunity to the appellant. The findings and decisions are based on incorrect, incomplete and misleading submissions and records produced before the CIC by the Representative of Arsha Dharma Parishad. First of all the Appellant is verily a member of the Parishad. Secondly, it is mandatory for every public authority to appoint a Central Public Information Officer within 100 days of enactment of the RTI Act. If at all the Parishad has appointed a CPIO, announcement to that effect is yet to come. Thirdly, as per RTI Act an applicant can move Office of CIC if he is unable to seek information in the absence of a CPIO in the Public Authority.
The very object of RTI Act is to empower the public to seek information to ensure transparency, accountability, probity and propriety in a Public Authority. If the implementer himself blocks implementation of RTI Act, the general public would lose their confidence in the functioning of Office of CIC.
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