Is a simple application has more worth than the application under the RTI-2005?
The First line of the Right to Information Act is that the applicant must be provided the information (except those under Section-8) within 30 days.
But most of the PIOs do not provide the information. So the applicant has to appeal to the First Appellate Authority. He/she takes 30 or 45 days. Most of the First Appellate Authority ignore the appeal. In such cases the applicant has to appeal to the Second Appellate Authority. If he/she does not respond or his decision seems unsatisfactory to the applicant, then he files his complaint to the CIC, New Delhi.
THIS CYCLE GENERALLY TAKES MORE THAN 150 DAYS. AND AT LAST THE CIC ORDERS THE PIO TO PROVIDE THE APPLICANT THE INFORMATION HE/SHE SOUGHT SATISFACTORILY. IN MOST OF THE CASES, THE PIOS ARE NOT PUNISHED.
I HAVE TWO IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK:
DON’T YOU THINK THAT A SIMPLE APPLICATION HAS MORE WORTH THAN THE APPLICATION UNDER THE RTI-2005?
IF THE PIO IS NOT PUNISHED FOR HIS DENIAL OF INFORMATION UNDER RTI AFTER MORE THAN 150 DAYS, THEN DON’T YOU THINK THAT THE REAL FEAR OF RTI AMONG THE BABUS IS VANISHED?