NATIONAL INSURANCE ACADEMY

PUNE

P787- RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT (LIC)

(for Appellate Authorities)

Background:

The Right to Information Act, 2005 mandates timely response to citizen requests for government information. The basic objective of the Right to Information Act, 2005 is to empower the citizens, to promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government, to contain corruption and to make the democracy work for the people in real sense. It goes without saying that an informed citizen is better equipped to keep necessary vigil on the instruments of governance.

The Director, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India in his memo no.10/23/2007-IR dated 9.07.2007 has also observed certain shortcomings in the functioning of the First Appellate Authorities (FAAs) not examining the appeals judiciously and their mechanical agreement with the decision of CPIOs, the FAAs not disposing the appeals within the prescribed time frame and CPIOs not complying with the directions of the FAAs, etc.

The Memo suggested that as the FAAs are the quasi-judicial authorities, they should not only ensure that the justice is done but also appear to have been done. The need for giving speaking orders was also expressed in the memo.

It was also felt that the roles and responsibilities of the FAAs and aligning them with the provisions of the Act. It was also felt that necessary training needs to be provided to the FAAs to make the act effective.

Objectives:

  Helping participants in having a clear understanding of the various provisions of RTI act 2005.

  Providing unambiguous insight of the roles and responsibilities of CPIO & FAAs.

  Analysing the cases/decisions taken by the FAAs and the improvements needed thereon.

  Studying and analysing the Second Appellate authority (CIC/SIC) and landmark Supreme court / High court decisions on important RTI appeals.

  Removal of doubts and interaction with RTI experts.

Contents:

  RTI Act, 2005- Provisions, Exemptions, Schedules & Penalties.

  Role & Responsibilities of CPIO/Alternate CPIO

  Role & Responsibilities of Appellate Authority

  Analysis of Appellate Authority decisions- Case studies/Brainstorming

  Analysis of Landmark Supreme Court/ High court Decisions on RTI appeals.

  CIC guidelines and model code of conduct for FAAs

  Interaction/Discussion/Quiz on RTI act 2005

 Participants Profile:

First Appellate Authorities in Divisional Offices/Zonal Offices/Central Office and Zonal RTI Committee Members to be nominated by respective ZO/CO HRDs.

ZO RTI committee members

Duration:  2 days

Dates:        25.11.2021-26.11.2021