Separate RTI applications to be filed if the information is scattered with more than one Public Authority
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the General Administration Department seeking information against twenty seven points regarding drivers of Delhi Government such as, whether their post is technical or not, age limit for filling up posts of drivers, their duties in special grade, information related to their promotion, whether a Grade D employee can drive Government vehicles if regular drivers are available etc. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided point wise information to the appellant. The First Appellate Authority (FAA) stated that the requisite information supplied by the PIO in respect of his own office is complete and that the applicant was at liberty to approach the concerned PIOs of various departments of Government of NCT of Delhi (GNCTD) to obtain the entire information on these issues.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant submitted that that his RTI application was not transferred to other Departments for furnishing the information.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) referred to DoPT circular (http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/dopt-742) and advised the appellant to seek information from the PIOs of different Departments of Government of Delhi by filing fresh RTI applications with each of the concerned PIOs. The Commission directed the PIO to formally inform the appellant in writing that that the post of Driver is not ‘technical’ and that there is no such information on record that stipulates that duty of the driver is determined by seniority; as well as no time frame is specified within which the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) should meet to discuss issues related to promotion of drivers; no such information regarding any facilities being provided to the Association of Drivers is available on record. The Commission also directed the PIO to furnish a copy of the RR as sought by the appellant.
Citation: Mr. Narendra Singh Delhi v. General Administration Department in File No: CIC/AD/A/2012/001860
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/701
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