Information regarding admissions under the provision of EWS / BPL scheme
The appellant referred to two girls and filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Directorate of Education Government of NCT of Delhi seeking to know whether those two girls were admitted into Vivekanand School in the year 2006 under the provision of below poverty line (BPL) EWS scheme. He also wanted the copies of documents submitted by their parents to school in support of their claim of BPL/ EWS. The Public Information Officer (PIO) replied that the said school is not a public authority within the meaning of section 2(h) “public authority” means any authority or body or institution of self-government established or constituted (a) by or under the Constitution; (b) by any other law made by Parliament; (c) by any other law made by State Legislature; (d) by notification issued or order made by the appropriate Government, and includes any- (i) body owned, controlled or substantially financed; (ii) non-Government organization substantially financed, directly or indirectly by funds provided by the appropriate Government; of the RTI Act. He also stated that the recognized school submit certain mandatory information to the Directorate under DSEA but the information sought by the appellant is not included in that category of information.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondent stated that information sought by the appellant is not available with them and that it pertains to a school which is not a public authority under the RTI Act. The respondent further stated that the appellant has enquired about the admission held in 2006 when EWS scheme had not even been even introduced by the Government and hence there is no information available in this regard.
View of CIC
The Commission observed that the EWS scheme was notified by the government only in the year 2011and that this scheme is only for admissions at entry level while the information sought by the appellant pertains to VII and IV class admissions. Therefore, there is nothing which could provided to the appellant.
Citation: Mr. Sukhbir Chand Garg v. Directorate of Education Government of NCT of Delhi in File No: CIC/AD/C/2012/001978
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1226
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