Does RNI have any scheme for uploading of the newspapers /bulletins on any website?
The appellant filed the application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Registrar of Newspaper for India (RNI) seeking various queries related with the uploading of newspapers and periodicals in the website. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed the appellant that the details of the registration/ verification of newspapers and bulletins were being uploaded by the RNI in their website. The First Appellate Authority (FAA) ruled that the RNI did not deal with the uploading of newspapers/periodicals on any website nor it had any such plans.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondent submitted that the RNI had no scheme under consideration for uploading of newspapers or periodicals in any website. They further clarified that they only regulated and dealt with newspapers and periodicals in the print version and not in the electronic version under the PRB Act 1867.
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The Commission noted that neither there is any scheme for uploading of newspapers and periodicals in any website nor the Registrar of Newspapers of India has any such power under the existing law to mandate such uploading. The CIC rejected the appeal stating that the information provided seems to be adequate.
Citation: Dr. Parveen Gupta v. Registrar of Newspaper for India in File No. CIC/SM/A/2012/000910
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1008
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