No proposal for grant of proportional pension to those resigning from Service
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act asking why he has not been paid pensionary benefits for the period in which he was an employee of Dandakaranya Project of Government of India (GoI) under the Ministry of Home Affairs. He also wanted to know whether the beneficiaries of the judgments referred to in his RTI application have since been paid pension as per the directions in the above judgment; and whether there was any proposal before the GoI to grant proportionate pension to the employees who resigned from their post after completing a minimum of ten years of service, treating their resignation as voluntary retirement. The Public Information Officer (PIO) stated that in the absence of copy of judgments in Writ Appeals of Honourable High Court of Kerala, it is not possible for the Ministry to provide the requisite information. The First Appellate Authority (FAA) held that on the basis of copy of the citations of the judgements, it is revealed that DG, BSF was party in the cases and the information sought by the appellant can be given by the BSF only. The appellant was advised to approach BSF for getting the requisite information. The PIO also informed the appellant regarding the matter of pension, that there was no proposal in the Department to grant proportional pension for those resigning from Government Service.
View of CIC
The Central Information Commission (CIC) rejected the appeal noting that the FAA has rightly advised the appellant to approach the concerned authorities of the BSF for getting the requisite information in reply to his RTI application. The Commission also held that the information regarding pension has been already provided by the PIO.
Citation: Mr. G. Mammen v. Ministry of Home Affairs in Case No. CIC/SS/A/2012/000805
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/530
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