Is information related to Kisaan Credit Card scheme liable for disclosure under RTI?
The appellant sought the information related to the issue of Kisaan Credit Card (KCC) of some specific persons as he wanted to know the basis for the issuance and the benefits that accrued to the individuals. The Public Information Officer (PIO) refused to provide information under section (8)(1)(j) of the RTI Act and section 13 of the Banking Companies Act. The First Appellate Authority (FAA) upheld the PIO’s reply and stated that since the information related to a ‘third party’ it could not be provided to the appellant. He also replied that the KCC scheme was not a government scheme related to subsidy or a grant component.
The respondent submitted that since the appellant was not related in any manner to the people whose information he sought his application was rejected on the ground of his being a third party. Furthermore, there was no projection of any public interest.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) upheld the decision of the PIO.
Citation: Shri Deelip Kumar Jha v Punjab National Bank in Decision No.CIC/SM/A/2011/001168/VS/00134
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/539
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