Information about passengers travelling by helicopter run by A&N administration
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Andaman and Nicobar Administration seeking information about the Deputy Resident Commissioners posted at 3 major cities of India and about their staff and vehicles. He also wanted the list of passengers using the helicopter service and the revenue collected in the process. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided some information.
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The Commission (CIC) observed that some of the information has not been given on the ground that it is held by other offices of the Department, which is an unacceptable excuse for denying the information. The CIC held that if the information was held by any other office at the relevant time, the PIO should have transferred the RTI application rather than not giving any information. The PIO was directed by the CIC to collect all the information against the remaining queries and send it to the appellant. The CIC further ruled that the list of passengers travelling by the helicopter service run by the Administration should not be provided as they are personal information of the passengers concerned.
Under RTI Act, 2005 the information can be denied only if it falls under section 8 or 9.
Citation: Mr. P.S. Saboo v. Andaman and Nicobar Administration in File No. CIC/SM/A/2012/000907
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1087
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