Is a public authority required to maintain a list of employees on leave?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) seeking information regarding break up of staff position in different departments of AMU as per proforma provided and related issues. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed the appellant to deposit Rs 48/- to obtain the information. Regarding the information related to number of teachers who are on leave, he offered an inspection of the personal files of the teachers to the appellant stating that this would involve collation from different files and would disproportionately divert the resources of the University.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) observed that it is difficult to believe that information relating to number of teachers who are on leave was not available centrally in the University system. The Commission directed the PIO to provide the information stating that access to personal files of teachers by a third party was not desirable.
Citation: Mr. M.K.Ahmad v. Aligarh Muslim University in File No. CIC/DS/A/2011/002193/RM
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/831
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