Read below the two articles as published in Hindustan Times about Right to Information Act- RTI. I had been denied the copy of my Father’s Service Book; he was employed with National Textiles Corporation and has been absconding since last 21 years after abandoning his family (me and mom). After much followup, I have only been able to receive a paper to my 1st RTI application that has absolutely no information that could reveal his whereabouts. Doubting (and now confirmed about) the authenticity of the contents in their reply; I had asked for the copy of Service Book.
Perhaps, there own understanding of the Rulings is garbled..
(source: HT- 23rd March, 2010)
It may be a good idea to tell your wife how much you earn, but you don’t really have to — if you are employed in the private sector.
That, in effect, was the Income Tax (I-T) department’s message to a group of women from Chhattisgarh who sought details of their husbands’ salaries, under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Encouraged by the success of Chhattisgarh resident Ritu Sharma in accessing details of her husband’s salary last year, following a directive by the Central Information Commission, the women sought similar information about their husbands’ salaries.
But their husbands’ firms refused, saying the companies did not fall under the purview of the RTI Act, unlike the National Thermal Power Corporation, the public sector company Sharma’s husband was employed in.
The wives didn’t give up. They sought the salary information from the I-T department, again under the RTI. But hopes dashed when the department, too, refused to oblige. “There is a prohibitory clause under Section 138A of the Income Tax Act, under which no information on the returns filed can be disclosed to anyone,” Chhattisgarh’s Chief Income Tax Commissioner Jamil Ahmed said.
“The department can provide such information only to the courts on demand.”
He said usually “disillusioned wives, whose marriages are on the rocks, and seeking divorce or compensation are filing such RTI applications”.
Chhattisgarh Citizens’ Initiatives Convener Prateek Pandey, who heard the women’s grievances, said: “We’ve decided to launch a campaign to declare corporate houses and private companies as public authorities that are either financed by the government or get benefits and subsidies under government’s policies.”
The RTI applicants are disappointed. “We expected cooperation from the I-T department,” a woman said, on condition of anonymity.
(source: HT- 23rd May, 2010)
The days of parents of eligible girls visiting a prospective groom’s office to find out about his salary and job profile are over. ‘Informed’ parents have now befriended the Right to Information Act to seek such details.
The RTI cell of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) recently received some queries seeking details about the job profiles and salaries of its bachelor employees’ for matrimonial purposes.
Another RTI application received by the DMRC a few days ago sought information about the salary of the employee that is reflected in the pay slip, his security deposit, provident fund details, job profile, service record, etc.
“Some applicants also ask whether the employee has shown himself as married or single,” said a DMRC official adding that such queries are apparently for matrimonial purposes.
DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said, “We provide personal details such as an employee’s salary but with the consent of the employee concerned.”
Delhi Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi, however, said that pay details of a government employee cannot be treated as personal information and should be made available in the public domain.
“Sometimes pay details may be sought for matrimonial purposes or for other purpose. Whatever be the reason, Public Information Officers (PIO) should provide such details to the applicants,” he added.
A few months ago Shivkumari Kashyap, a Chhattisgarh resident, had sought pay particulars of her husband Baldev Singh, an employee of South East Central (SEC) Railway, who got married for the second time.
She suspected that Singh had entered the name of his second wife in his service book and used the RTI route to gather details.
“Salary details should ideally be put on the official website. Still the PIO should provide pay details of an employee to the appellants, if sought, even if these are for matrimonial purposes,” added Gandhi.