Sunday, February 10, 2008

CIC asks scientists not to misuse law

As more and more scientists are invoking their right to information to settle disputes mostly emerging out of their professional dissatisfaction, the Central Information Commission has asked the intellectual class to refrain from misusing the transparency law.

"We have been receiving a number of appeals from scientists engaged in research work in scientific and research institutions. The queries mostly emanate from their dissatisfaction with the recognition they believe is their rightful due. When scientists of research institutes attempt to use the RTI Actto settle personal scores, it only engenders a sense of pain and dismay. The scientists are there to serve a much higher purpose than using up their valuable time in personal disputes and settle scores," information commissioner A.N. Tiwari said in a recent order.

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