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Why 4 out of 10 RTI Applications are being rejected on grounds not permitted under the Act?

March,17,2017:

Denial of Right to Information
Denial of Right to Information

Around Four Lakh RTIs were rejected in the last one Year alone on this ground.

While Government of India received a record number of 9,76,000 RTIs, 4 out of every 10 RTIs rejected were on grounds not permitted under RTI Act, according to Central Information Commission’s 2015-16 annual report.

The analysis carried out by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) found that the public authorities rejected 6.62% of the RTI applications processed during 2015-16. This has come down by 1.77% from the high of 8.39 reported in 2014-2015.

Analysis found that the highest proportion of RTI applications wasn’t rejected under permissible exemptions but iunder the mysterious category of “others”. Out of 43% rejections recorded under this category, more than 4 out of every 10 RTI applications rejected were because of reasons other than those permitted by RTI Act.

The Prime Minister’s Office is one of the public authorities that employed this device frequently.

47% of the 9.76 RTIs were rejected under various clauses in Section 8 of RTI Act. 1% was rejected under Section 9 and 7% were rejected by 26 security and intelligence organisations partially excluded under Section 24 of the RTI Act.

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