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CIC: Though there was a delay in delivery of information, but it cannot be concluded that there was any malafide intention on the part of the Respondents to obstruct free flow of information - CIC: Respondents cautioned to exercise due care in future     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: The documents sought by the Appellant are documents of commercial bid, the agreement & bank guarantee both of which are not exempt; Technical bid may not be provided if it is not available in public domain     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: There is complete negligence and laxity in the public authority in dealing with the RTI applications - CIC: It is abundantly clear that such matters are being ignored and set aside without application of mind which reflects disrespect towards RTI Act     Right to Information Act 2005    Appellant was not pressing the matter further as he was satisfied with the information provided & his grievance was redressed - CIC: The framework of the RTI Act restricts the jurisdiction of the CIC to provide a ruling on the issues pertaining to access     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: As per Section 4, all CDPOs of ICDS project all over the country to voluntarily publish the month-wise expenditure incurred for functioning & maintenance of Anganwadi centres, names of the beneficiaries, details of benefits regularly on their website     Right to Information Act 2005    Appellant aired his grievance regarding non-payment of pension - CIC: The RTI Act restricts its jurisdiction to provide a ruling on the issues pertaining to access to information - CIC: Respondent is advised to sympathetically deal with the grievance     Right to Information Act 2005    Vijai Sharma and K V Chowdary appointed as CIC and CVC respectively     Right to Information Act 2005    Is the Mysore Police Commissioner’s office coming up without plan approval?     Right to Information Act 2005    No action taken against the illegal massage parlours or spas in Goa     Right to Information Act 2005    Are there norms about the fee a school should charge and the facilities it offers?     Right to Information Act 2005    There is only 1 primary health centre per 28 villages of UP     Right to Information Act 2005    Services of all OSDs / Consultants terminated by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai     Right to Information Act 2005    There are a host of issues for law students to do research in respect of the RTI Act, 2005     Right to Information Act 2005    Proposal to amend the RTI Act to vary the salaries payable to the Information Commissioners     Right to Information Act 2005    Section 8 (1)(j) of the RTI Act to be amended by the Personal Data Protection Act, 2018     Right to Information Act 2005   
FAQ

Is the PIO expected to provide answers to all the questions in an application?

A PIO is expected to provide ‘information’ as defined under section 2(f) of the RTI Act and not answer the questions of the applicant.

An information-seeker can’t demand from a public authority its opinion or seek its advice in a matter of the petitioner’s interest. A PIO is not expected to provide intangible such as interpretations, opinions, advices, explanations, reasons as they cannot be said to be included in the definition of information in Section 2 (f) of the RTI Act. The reasons available on record should be provided and the PIO is not expected to post–facto create reasons.

The Act does not permit raising imaginary question and expecting the PIO to find answers for them. The PIO is not expected to confirm or deny some perception of the appellant, which he has about a particular set of information.

Information, which is not compiled and maintained by a public authority, nor is expected to be maintained during the routine course of business, cannot be furnished.

The RTI Act does not require a PIO to generate information, in the form of documents or in electronic form, for satisfying an applicant. The information has to be provided as is available with the public authority.

In many cases, it may be open to debate whether an information sought amounts to opinion/ interpretation / explanation / compilation etc. or not. Therefore, a PIO should exercise due caution while drafting a reply to avoid any lapse. A regular reading of issues relating to RTI like those appearing on this site would come handy in taking a reasoned view.