Saturday, June 19, 2010

CIC asks MCD not to reject RTI missive on flimsy grounds

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) not to reject right to information (RTI) applications on "flimsy" grounds. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has refused to accept an RTI application addressed to its central public information officer (CPIO) saying there was no such post in its office. Information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said a citizen has no means of knowing as to which public information officer within the Municipal Corporation of Delhi or any other department should be addressed. "It is for the department to ensure that any communication received in the capacity of an RTI application should be accepted and further forwarded to the concerned public information officer," he said while hearing the plea of activist SC Agarwal.

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