Seeking information about the employee’s diseases under RTI act
The appellant sought names of the employees who availed of emergency treatment from private / charitable hospitals and the diseases they were suffering from. As this information was not provided to him, the case came up before the Central Information Commission.
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The respondent submitted that the appellant has desired compilation of information over 2 years. Further, the diseases from which the employees were suffering is personal information related with the employees and is not disclosable to any third party as it is barred from disclosure u/s 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act. Also, the appellant has sought omnibus information for two years and not any specific information. The Central Information Commission agreed that the information about the diseases from which the employees are suffering cannot be disclosed to the appellant unless the larger public interest so demands. The Commission, therefore, directed to intimate the number of employees who availed of emergency treatment, month-wise, for the calendar years 2009 and 2010. It was clarified that the names of the employees and the diseases from which they are suffering is not liable for disclosure.
The diseases from which the employees suffered cannot be disclosed to the appellant unless the larger public interest so demands.
Citation: M S Bhatia v. CPMG in file no. CIC/LS/A/2011/002890
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/81
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