RTI – CIC, RTI Backlog, etc.

SC against disclosure of IAS prelims marks


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Mains Paper 2: Governance | Citizens charters, transparency & accountability & institutional & other measures

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: RTI Act

Mains level: Provsions related to UPSC as well as state PSCs


No disclosure of marks under RTI

  1. The Supreme Court has held that details of marks — raw and scaled — scored in the Civil Services Exam cannot be “mechanically” disclosed under Right to Information
  2. The decision came on an appeal filed by the Union Public Service Commission against a Delhi High Court order to divulge the marks on the basis of a petition filed by unsuccessful candidates of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2010 (CSP)

Court’s view

  1. The need for transparency and accountability championed by the Right to Information Act should be balanced by the requirement of confidentiality of sensitive information

Back2Basics

Right to Information

  1. Right to Information (RTI) is an Act of the Parliament of India to provide for setting out the practical regime of right to information for citizens
  2. It replaces the erstwhile Freedom of information Act, 2002
  3. The act codifies a fundamental right of citizens
  4. Under the provisions of the Act, any citizen of India may request information from a “public authority” (a body of Government or “instrumentality of State”) which is required to reply expeditiously or within thirty days
  5. The Act also requires every public authority to computerize their records for wide dissemination and to proactively certain categories of information so that the citizens need minimum recourse to request for information formally
  6. Information disclosure in India was restricted by the Official Secrets Act 1923 and various other special laws, which the new RTI Act relaxes
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