Who can be appointed on compassionate grounds after the death of an employee?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Department of Posts (DoP) seeking to know who can get compassionate appointment after the death of father during his service, his elder son or younger son. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided some information.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the PIO stated that the appellant wanted to know whether in a case of compassionate appointment, the elder or the younger son is eligible. He submitted that no such guideline /clarification is available on record. The PIO further stated that the Department of Personal and training (DoPT) guidelines on compassionate appointments were available and the same would be forwarded to the appellant. The appellant stated that he wanted the correct interpretation of the DoPT guidelines as requested in his RTI query.
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The Commission directed the PIO to furnish a copy of the DoPT guidelines on compassionate appointment to the appellant. The CIC held that under the RTI Act, PIO is required to furnish the information/documents as available on record. Opinions, interpretations, examination of issue, redressal of grievance are outside the purview of the Act.
Citation: Mr. Shiv Shankar Prasad v. Sr. Superintendent of Post Offices Department of Posts in File No.CIC/BS/A/2012/000159/2105
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1208
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