Seeking the marking pattern of the tests conducted by Railway Recruitment Board
The appellant had appeared for an exam held for recruitment to post ASN and secured 77.10% marks in the written exam. He filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) seeking information regarding the way the marking was done in different tests. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided some information. The applicant filed his first appeal requesting that his OMR Sheet in the aptitude written test be re assessed and copy of the OMR sheet with answer key be provided to him. The First Appellate Authority did not provide any reply forcing the appellant to file his second appeal before the Commission wherein he asked only for rechecking of his aptitude test answer paper
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondent submitted that there is no provision for rechecking of answer sheets.
View of CIC
The Commission rejected the appellant observing that there is no provision for rechecking of answer sheets and the relief being sought by the appellant falls outside the ambit of the RTI Act.
Many applicants are not aware of the basic distum that the RTI Act provides the power to seek information and not redressal of grievance. It is also noteworthy that the CIC has preferred to ignore the fact that the FAA did not respond to the appeal.
Citation: Mr. Dipendra Singh v. Railway Recruitment Board, Western Railway Operations Department in File No: CIC/AD/A/2012/002574
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1178
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