Information regarding appointment of peons & orderly at the residential quarters of the officers was denied u/s 8(1)(g) taking into account the security considerations of the concerned officers who often have to move out in dark - CIC: appeal dismissed
O R D E R
1. The appellant filed an RTI application on 24.9.2012 seeking information pertaining to the recruitment of bungalow peons and related issues. The appellant filed an appeal before the first appellate authority (FAA) on 15.11.2012. The appellant filed a second appeal with the Commission on 25.2.2013.
2. The respondent was heard through videoconferencing. He referred to the RTI application of 24.9.2012 and stated that the appellant in his RTI application had sought information for the appointment of peons and orderly at the residential quarters of the officers of the East Central Railways. As regards point one was concerned, the respondent stated that Railway’s circulars dated 5.1.2011 and 27.4.2011 have been provided to the appellant. In so far as point 2, the respondent stated that this information has been denied under section 8(1)(g) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen, information, the disclosure of which would endanger the life or physical safety of any person or identify the source of information or assistance given in confidence for law enforcement or security purposes; of the RTI Act, taking into account the security considerations of the concerned officers who often have to move out in the dark. The respondent stated that there have been instances in the past where information has been given about the movements of the officers and that information has compromised the security of the officers concerned which takes into account the law and order situation of this area. On point 3, the respondent stated that this information has been provided. On point 4, the respondent stated that part information has been given but information pertaining to how much money has been given to the question paper settlers or the examiners that has not been given. On point 5, the respondent stated that the appellant has been informed that the position referred to in point 5 is not in existence in respect of the station mentioned in the RTI application. The respondent stated that the information was given to the appellant on 13-2-2013 to the appellant.
3. The appellant did not participate in the hearing.
4. No further action in the matter is required at the level of the Commission. Appeal is disposed of. Copy of this order be given free of cost to the parties.
Citation: Shri Samrendra Vikram Singh v. East Central Railway in Appeal No.CIC/AD/C/2013/000550/VS