Reasons for assigning a job carrying a lesser grade pay was sought under RTI
The appellant claimed that he had been assigned a job carrying a lesser grade pay although he had been placed in a higher position in the merit list than someone else who had been assigned a job carrying higher grade pay. He filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) seeking information relating to the Combined Graduate Level examination (CGL) examination conducted by the SSC in 2010 and the reasons for assigning a job carrying a lesser grade pay to him. The Public Information Officer (PIO) referred to the criteria for allocation already published along with the result and available in the SSC website.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant submitted that the decision of the SSC in recommending him for a job carrying a lesser grade pay was beyond comprehension and he wanted the SSC to explain the reasons. The respondent submitted that apart from whatever had been mentioned in the result itself by way of criteria for allocation there was no written record available to show why the appellant had been so recommended.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) observed that the appellant had a higher position in the merit list and was still recommended for a lesser job. The CIC directed the PIO to find out if any such reasons are recorded in any file of the SSC and if found then send a copy of the relevant records to appellant. If there is no such record available the PIO has to clearly indicate that no recorded reasons were available anywhere in the SSC for the recommendations it made in his case.
Citation: Mr. Dheeraj Yadav v. Staff Selection Commission in File No.CIC/SM/A/2012/000624
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/794
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