Details of courses, national seminar and conference conducted by an institute
The appellant sought the details of various short term courses/ national seminar/ conference conducted by an institute for a particular year along with the utilization certificates issued by different departments of the institute. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided part information to the appellant. On appeal, the First Appellate Authority (FAA) informed the appellant that information sought was bulky in nature and the Public Authority will require additional time to furnish it. During the hearing, the appellant claimed that information with respect to utilization certificates (UC) has not been provided to him. The respondent submitted that information pertaining to the UC issued by five departments have been provided to the appellant whereas remaining six departments cannot provide the UC as the accounts have not been finalized. Later the remaining five out of six departments furnished the UCs. The appellant alleged that there has been a delay of over 22 The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in the Official Secrets Act, 1923 (19 of 1923), and any other law for the time being in force or in any instrument having effect by virtue of any law other than this Act. months in providing the information by PIOs of all the concerned six departments.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) noted that one of the utilization certificates (UC) was still under finalization by the Public Authority and directed the PIO to provide copies of the said UCs, as soon they are finalized. The Commission also issued a show cause notice to the PIOs of all the concerned six departments to show cause why penalty should not be imposed upon them for not providing full and complete information to the appellant as per the provisions of the RTI Act.
Citation: Shri Vinay Kumar v. Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering &Technology (SLIET) in Appeal: No. CIC/DS/A/2011/001073
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/331
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