CIC directs disclosure of official’s attendance details

RTI applicant had sought an official’s posting details, copy of attendance register, reasons for his absence and details of penalties imposed upon him. Directing disclosure of attendance details, CIC has observed that it is the duty of every public servant to attend the office on time and remain present during the working hours and that the citizens have every right to check/know the attendance timings of public servants; that the very purpose of RTI Act, 2005 is to ensure accountability of public servants and right of access to the citizens regarding the public activity of the public servant has to be provided. The attendance details of public servant relate to public activity and hence cannot be denied to the appellant. However, CPIO is not obliged to provide the reasons of the leave taken by the official which is in the nature of personal information and exempted u/Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, 2005 and the details of the disciplinary proceedings initiated against the official is a matter between employer and employee covered by the ratio of the judgment of Supreme Court in Girish Ramchandra Deshpande v. Central Information Commissioner

Second Appeal No. CIC/WRAIL/A/2018/115813 DD 29-11-2019 Nishakant Parasnath Mishra … vs. CPIO, M/O. Railways, Western Railway,

 

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