Training to CBDT officers necessary to handle RTI applications

Kashmir Times. Dated: 6/11/2018 9:05:29 AM

Dear Editor,
Following a CIC-verdict, my RTI application for information on top ten tax-defaulters and top ten tax-payees in each category, my RTI application was unnecessarily transferred to thousands of wards and circles of Income Tax Department in the country with variety of replies coming from different wards and circles. It is evident that lakhs of rupees in terms of postal-charges, paper-work and man-hours must have been spent on such replies to a single RTI application where sought information must have been with nodal headquarters itself.
An office-memorandum (OM) dated 24.09.2010 from Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) clearly mentions that transfer under section 6(3) of RTI Act 2005 should be restricted to one department or public-authority only. However such transfer may be done for some extra number say upto ten, but in no case to hundreds or thousands of departments. Another harm is vast difference in handling of RTI applications by so many public-authorities which can be troublesome for the department if matter reaches to Central Information Commission.
In case information relates to multiple departments, RTI applicants can be advised to file separate RTI applications to departments from where information is required to be sought. CBDT and Income Tax Department must arrange RTI workshops in different regions to be handled by known RTI experts.
—Subhash Chandra Agrawal,
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk Delhi.



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