Thursday, October 2, 2008

Chief Secy Office not above RTI: Lucknow SIC

Chief Secy Office not above RTI, says Information Commission

Express News Service Posted: Oct 02, 2008 at 0130 hrs IST

Lucknow, October 1: Refusing to allow the state Chief Secretary to keep his office above the Right To Information Act, the State Information Commission has asked Atul Kumar Gupta to appoint a Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the next 15 days and make the related information public.

While issuing the order, Acting Chief Information Commissioner Gyanendra Sharma quoted judgments of other states in similar cases. The Chief Secretary’s Office, he said, comes under the category of “Public Authority” under Section 2(H) of the RTI Act.

Hearing the appeal of petitioner Paras Nath Verma, on June 26, the Commission had asked the Chief Secretary if any public information officer had been appointed in his office. Sharma had also asked the Chief Secretary to explain why his office does not figure on the Government website along with other departments.

In reply, the Chief Secretary had stated that his office does not fall under the purview of “public authority” and could not be listed for seeking information through RTI.

Disposing of the case, Sharma asked the Chief Secretary to appoint a Public Information Officer and make his phone numaddress public.

Courtesy_
http://www.indianexpress.com

1 comment:

  1. An eye opener indeed...
    Keep posting more useful informations like this..

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