Sunday, June 13, 2010

4 yrs on, CIC to hear RTI plea today

Application shuttled between SIC and CIC in confusion over second appellant authority.
It took nearly four years for an appeal filed under the Right to Information Act to find the appropriate authority for its hearing. The confusion over who will hear a second appeal against the reply filed by the central public information officer (CPIO) and the accountant general of Himachal Pradesh (a Central government office) took four years to settle, even though the law is clear on the fact that such a matter comes under the jurisdiction of the Central Information Commission. After the RTI application filed by one O P Goyal of Shimla shuttled between the State Information Commission and the Central Information Commission, the latter has finally decided to hear the matter on May 24, through video-conferencing.

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