Number of Assistant Field Officers and the seniority list in a schedule II organisation
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Cabinet Secretariat seeking information regarding the number of Assistant Field Officers serving in that organization and the seniority list of those officers. The Public Information Officer (PIO) denied the information stating that the organization is included in the second schedule to the RTI Act and the provisions of the RTI Act did not apply to them.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant contended that the desired information was only factual and concerned service conditions of employees and there should be no problem in disclosing such information.
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The Commission observed that the organisations listed in second schedule of the RTI Act are obliged to disclose information only if it pertains to allegations of corruption or human rights violation. The CIC rejected the appeal holding that in this case the information sought relates to neither of these two categories of information.
Citation: Mr. Ram Lal Saluja v. Cabinet Secretariat in File No.CIC/SM/A/2012/000616
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/802
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