Specific information should be sought in the RTI Application
The appellant sought the details of journalist (Editors /Correspondents /Photographers / Cameramen) accompanying various dignitaries like the Prime Minister, Vice president, External Affairs Ministers and External Affairs Secretaries on their foreign visits, from 1947 onwards. He also sought information about the policy and procedure adopted for selection of media persons. The Public Information Officer (PIO) supplied partial information and refused the rest stating that it requires compilation which will disproportionately divert the resources of the public authority under section 7(9) An information shall ordinarily be provided in the form in which it is sought unless it would disproportionately divert the resources of the public authority or would be detrimental to the safety or preservation of the record in question. of the RTI Act, 2005, and that the compilation of information is beyond the purview of RTI Act.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) rejected the appeal stating that no such collation is available anywhere and the citizens should act responsibly when filing RTI requests.
Citation: Mr. Krishnanand Tripathi v. Ministry of External Affairs in File No. CIC/SG/A/2012/000142
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/216
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