The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Department of Personnel &Training (DoPT) seeking about his eligibility for age relaxation in certain particular circumstances. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed that the RTI request was in the nature of seeking clarification and that he was not required under the RTI Act to provide any such clarification. He however stated that if the department where he was working would make a reference to the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) officially on this issue appropriate advice could be tendered in file.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondent submitted that a consolidated guideline on the subject containing all government instructions in this regard was already available in the website of the Department.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) observed that the RTI application was indeed in the nature of seeking clarification on the eligibility of age relaxation. The PIO could not be expected to provide any such opinion. The Commission held that that if the information is available in the website of the Department, the PIO should inform the appellant about that and also provide a copy of these guidelines to him.
Citation: Mr. Dip Narayan Prasad v. Department of Personnel &Training in File No. CIC/SM/A/2012/000155