Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Info officer denies copy of answer sheet, gets notice

Deccan Herald: Bengaluru: Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
The Information Commission has issued a show-cause notice to Public Information Officer of the Police Recruitment and Training division for not providing a certified copy of the answer sheets for the sub-inspector recruitment exam.
Additionally, the commission has threatened to fine the officer, the superintendent of police, A G Eshwarappa, Rs 25,000 if he fails to abide by the RTI rules. N Raghavendra, a candidate for the exam held in 2014 to recruit 152 sub-inspectors, had sought copies of his answer scripts for two written exams in November 2015, after he did not make it to the shortlist.
Eshwarappa replied a month later: “The information you have sought cannot be provided under the RTI Act.”
Raghavendra took the matter to the Information Commission, N P Ramesh, who held a second hearing on May 9. “Provide the information to the appellant within eight days and attend the next hearing on September 1 with a report in this regard,” he ordered.
Decision to withhold info
On January 22, 2016, the recruitment committee headed by ADGP Raghavendra Auradkar decided not to provide copies of answer scripts. “Answer scripts have been evaluated by PU college principals and lecturers. Providing their copies to candidates will complicate the process as they may get more marks in an external evaluation,” he said. The panel decided to withhold information “ to avoid delays” and “misuse of answer scripts”. But the information commission said such decisions were against the law and asked the committee to give information.