DOPT is misleading PM and all, CIC has full powers.
Posted by rtiact2005 on August 24, 2006
sarin is absolutely right. decision on file notings was taken by union cabinet for moving an amendment bill in parliament and not for its implimentation by govt departments streight away. A Govt Resolution (GR) is binding on departments only in respect of specific powers vested in cabinet under a law and a law can be enacted or altered only by law making forum i.e parliament. one doubts if a GR was issued in the first place by the cabinet secretary to this effect. the RTI law in its present form does not provide for constituting a bench to hear appeals and petitions. perhaps it may be desirable, but for that the RTI needs to be amended in so far as the powers and obligations of ICs and CICs are concerned. No one is above law. CIC has unbridaled powers at present and should not succumb to pressures from DOPT. he needs to impose punishment under his power for commiting and abetting violation of the RTI law on the concerned PIO after granting hearing before two or three ICs bench as desired. rw