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Most RTI applicants draw a blank in PMO: Report

Most RTI applicants draw a blank in PMO: Report
The Prime Minister’s Office is among the top public authorities to have rejected the maximum number of RTI applications received by them during 2013-14, according to an annual CIC report released on Wednesday.

The top slot in the list is taken by Ministry of Corporate Affairs which has rejected 28.85 per cent RTI applications received during 2013-14 followed by the PMO (20.49 per cent) and Ministry of Finance (19.16 per cent).

Following them closely are ministries of Power and Home, Cabinet Secretariat, ministries of Personnel and Defence, President’s Secretariat, Ministries of Housing and Petroleum and Natural Gas.

The data for 2013-14 shows slight change as for the previous three years, Finance Ministry topped the list of public authorities rejecting highest number of RTI applications received by it.

Another trend mentioned by the transparency watchdog in its report is that the public authorities are
rejecting the RTI applications citing reasons which are other than those listed out in the RTI Act.

An RTI application can only be rejected under categories listed out in sections 8, 9, 11, and 24 of the RTI Act which gives various provisions under which information can be denied to an applicant.

Only 1/4th of govt bodies making mandatory RTI disclosures: CIC

The Central Information Commission on Wednesday questioned the government bodies with regard to meeting the requirement of mandatory suo-motu disclosures under the RTI Act and said that there was need for “introspection” as only a little over one-fourth of the 2,276 public authorities have followed statutory guidelines. Under Section IV of the Right to Information Act, a public authority is mandated to publish on its website 17 classes of information about its working and the records held by it so that people need not burden it with RTI applications.
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