RTI applications seeking pension details should be replied toas it pertains to the â€œlife and libertyâ€ of the elderly, the Central Information Commission has held as it pitched for early redressal of such grievances. The Commission also directed that if an RTI application is a genuine grievance of a pensioner, steps should be initiated to redress it. The directive of Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu will come to the aid of over 58 lakh central government pensioners.
Acharyulu in a recent order held that the information pertaining to the pension of a person pertains to his/her life and liberty which is mandated to be replied toas per the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
He said the moment an RTI application on pension issue is received, there should be a mechanism at the entry stage to discover and identify if it reflects a pension related grievance. He said it should be brought to the notice of the responsible officer by the CPIO on the same day and if it is a genuine case, the grievance should be addressed. The result should be communicated, followed by redressal .
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