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Central panel cautions against misuse of RTI Act :: PUBLIC ACCESS TO GOVT INFORMATION

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 6, 2006

Central panel cautions against misuse of RTI Act
New Delhi, uni:


The Central Information Commission (CIC) discouraged the misuse of Right to Information (RTI) Act by saying that citizens have the right to access government documents under the Act,

 but they cannot force officials to give further explanation on the information obtained.

“Once an applicant has been provided access to the information, he cannot ask the public authority questions about the who and the why of those documents,” the CIC said, while dismissing the appeal of one Mr Madal Lal Mirg who had come to the Commission on an appeal concerning the Home Ministry. Though Mr Mirg had recieved orders to allow him access to all documents and files he had asked for from the Central Public Information Officer (PIO), he later came up with 38 questions in respect of the documents he had already

seen and of which he had made copies.

The Commission agreed with the CPIO and Home Ministry officials’ position that the information sought by the appellant was in the nature of seeking opinion and advice of the department in respect of the files and documents he has already perused.

 “A perusal of the 38-point query made by the appellant makes it clear that he has been asking the public authority to further dilate on the information which is already in his hands,” the information commissioners said. According to them, the appellant or an information seeker cannot use the resources of public authority to build up an arguable case for himself which can then be put up before a legal forum.

“What we notice is that the appellant wants to make the department do all the research work for him and hand over to him a completed case on the basis of which he can proceed to seek appropriate relief from courts. This does not fall within the ambit of the RTI,” the information commissioners added.


11 Responses to “Central panel cautions against misuse of RTI Act :: PUBLIC ACCESS TO GOVT INFORMATION”

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  3. subhendu raj parida said

    sir,i mr subhendu raj parida living in kendrapara orissa.my father was expired 1996june 28.that time my father is working as a taecher.we are 3brothers&3 sisters ;iam the middle one. when my father is expired that time i am study 10th standard. my 5brothers& sisters are nominated me for my father job, they are also doing court affidivative also for me.after depositing of that documents in govt. office ,they are telling you come when you are complete your 18yrs. after my complitation of 18yrs.i am going to govt. office& request them for my posting. in BDO office they are giving me office order for posting.but till now i am not getting my job .now i am jobless because of orissa govt.sir pl help me for my job.now i am heipless because of orissa govt.

  4. subhendu raj parida said

    pi. sir help me for my job &found it why iam not getting job till now.

  5. pl. help me.

  6. satish kumar said

    Dear Sir,
    i m residence of masroor mandir village of distt. kangra teh.dehra block NAGROTA SURIAN himachal pradesh.some people are misusing the act RTI.Village Panchayat doing Progress work since last three years but some peoples are misusing of act rti.And they ar asking everything or every work done by PANcHAYAT.
    This is there right that they having information.for seeking this village panchayat made a vigilance comittee.And include complainter as vigilance comittee.Complainter looks whole work which are going in village and they sign after completion of work only then village panchayat forward this to BDO.for payment.But after some time they approaches Bdo office and asks for enquires of whole work.there shold be any rule for these persons if anything wrong not found there then they should given punishment.Because this is wastage of time for panchayat to face enquiries ansd they can not able to give there 100%concentration towards village progress.whole block department also disturbed by such peoples.
    there shold be law for such peoples if anything wrong will not found then they have to pay whatever expense will be for appointing people for remeasuring of works.like juniour engineers ,panchayat secretories and panchayat peoples will also along this .
    there shold be some provision by that misuse of this act can be stopped

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