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Amit Shah has hard task ahead; old formulas won’t work

How many CM claimants in HP?

Congress does not need too many alliances to fight polls

Mandir…..

T S Tirumurti to be Indian Ambassador to Brazil?

A N Jha appointed as OSD, Expenditure

Two Secretaries in GoI to retire this month

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar resigns

Sanjoy Hazarika nominated as Membezr, Expert Group to Regional Dev N-East

Ms Manika Jain appointed as Ambassador to Kingdom of Cambodia

Rakesh Srivastava takes over as Chairman in MP

Ms Bedobani Choudhri deputed as Deputy Secretary, CBDT

Rajesh Kumar Singh is back to UP

Chairman, CWC to retire this month

Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya appointed Acting CJ of Calcutta HC

R R Gupta , Jt. GM ( Engg-Civil), AAI gets new posting

Frederick Syiemlieh appointed as Principal Director, Training Institute Shillong

Ravi Joshi transferred to Office of ADG (E), AIR, Guwahati

Ajay Srivastava transferred as ADG (E) to AIR, Lucknow

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J Suthakar appointed as Registrar, DRT, Chennai

Goyal posted back as ED (ERP), Railway Board

DoPT in search of Advisor, ADB Manila

DoPT seeking Joint Secretary level officer for NHRC

Prof Radhika Tandon is Member, Medical Board, AIIMS

Anil Kumar relieved to join duty at MHA

Gp Capt Mathew shifted as DDG (Admin) in Office of DG, AIR

Ordnance factory docs to be placed in Non-admin posts after 62 yrs of age

J&K Govt goes for complete revision of all recruitment rules

Odhisha renames GAD as "General Administration and Public Grievance Department"

Manipur Govt asks all State Service officers to file property returns

S N Sahai is also PS, Law and Justice in Delhi Govt

Three IRSEE officers transferred

A K Kathpal appointed PCME, SR

Anoop Srivastava transferred as IG, Core

Four IRAS officers transferred

R K Gupta transferred as CAO, ECR

Khushi Ram transferred as ADRM, Sonepur

Two IRSEE officers get posting



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RTI
Pension related issues pertain to ‘life and liberty’


Information about non-crediting of PF Employers share in account slips of 2013-14 etc. in applicant’s account was sought. The CIC held that the RTI request is concerned with ‘life and liberty’ and should have responded by EPFO within 48 hours. The CIC observed that if the phone/mobile or whatsapp, or email id is available, the EPFO shall use them to contact the applicant and to communicate the response. The CIC held that the EPFO is required to incorporate a system according to which the moment RTI application on pension issue is received, there should be a mechanism at the entry stage to discover and identify if it is a pension related grievance and then should start acting immediately. A show was issued to the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner-II, Sub-Regional Office, Ganjam to show-cause why maximum penalty should not be imposed upon him for not providing the information within prescribed timelines. The officer submitted an explanation and informed that a sum of Rs. 1,08,000/- will be credited into the account of the appellant within a week. The CIC found the explanation satisfactory and dropped the Penalty proceedings. Comments


The view of the CIC that a grievance related to pension (delay in response, delay in fixation and delay in payment) should be treated as ‘right to life’ under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution and the public authorities shall do all the needful to address the issue within 48 hours extends the scope of life and liberty. The CIC has suggested the quick mode of communication while holding that if the phone/mobile / whatsapp, or email id is available, the respondent shall use them to contact the applicant and to communicate the response.


Citation: : : Manoranjan Patra v. EPFO, Ganjam, Odisha in CIC/BS/A/2016/000523 Decided on: 15.09.2017


Dr. Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) is the co-author of the books: RIGHT TO INFORMATION – LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO’s guide to RTI. Her other articles can be read at - Right to Information Act 2005- RTI Foundation of India


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