Filling of backlog vacancies in reserved category at Government Mint
The appellant filed three applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the India Government Mint seeking information running into more than 50 queries. The queries related to the filling of backlog vacancies of the SC, ST and OBC categories, their promotion and several other service matters. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided some information and denied some others stating that the desired information was very old and not available.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant stated that only some of the information had been disclosed and that too after the expiry of the stipulated period. He also complained that the PIO had not provided the information even if it was available in the organization. The respondent submitted that the information sought was voluminous and extended over a long period of time. The searching and collection of the information took a lot of time and a number of information could not be traced out.
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The Commission observed that information sought by the appellant related to all the employees of the three reserved categories for a period of 15 years and more. There are close to 500 employees belonging to such categories and some of the information would have to be culled out by going through the individual service records of each of these employees. The CIC directed the PIO to give an opportunity of inspection of the relevant records including service books/ records of SC, ST and OBC employees and those relating to filling up of backlog vacancies both by direct recruitment and promotion for his inspection to the appellant so that he can find for himself the information he wants. The Commission also issued a show cause notice to the PIO to explain the reasons for delay in providing information.
Citation: Mr. Satish Ashok Sherkhane v India Government Mint, Unit: Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India Ltd in File No. CIC/SM/A/2012/001644, 1645 & 1657
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1143
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