Disclosure of ACRs to endanger sr officials: ESIC
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 00:35
New Delhi: A government organisation has claimed that disclosure of an employee's own Annual Confidential Report to him will endanger safety of the senior officials who have given their views on it.

The curious case came before the Central Information Commission after Employees State Insurance Corporation refused to disclose the ACR of its own employee A K Dawar to him under the RTI Act.

Declining the request, the department cited section 8(1)(g) of the Act which exempts information, the disclosure of which would endanger the life or physical safety of any person or identify the source of information or assistance given in confidence for law enforcement or security purposes.

"It is a very sad comment on an organisation if it states that if information about the evaluation done by senior officer disclosed to the junior officers, junior officers are likely to endanger the life or physical safety of such senior officers," Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi noted.

The Commissioner said it was a "very poor reflection" on the employees of a government department if this was the perception of employees working in these organisations.

"The Commission is not in a position to judge whether employees of a particular organisation are law abiding or people who might endanger the life and physical safety of their senior officers," Gandhi said.

Ordering the ESIC to disclose the ACR of Dawar, he, however, said if the public authority believes this danger to be real it may sever the names of the officers who have given the reports as per Section 10 of the RTI Act.


First Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 00:35

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