Missing ACRs not mandatory requirement: CIC to Cab Secy
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Last Updated: Monday, September 21, 2009, 19:53
  
New Delhi: The CIC has suggested to the Cabinet Secretary that missing annual confidential reports of an officer should not be a "mandatory requirement" while taking decisions about him.

The suggestion of Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah was prompted by reports that confidential personal files of the officials "have been stored in chambers subject to frequent cut-off or emergency lighting."

"These facts constitute a sad and telling commentary on the functioning of a core area of India's department of Personnel and Training which concerns the career of all officers of what are sometimes described as India's elite civil services," Habibullah said.

"Cabinet Secretary might reconsider the present policy, so that for cases where as a result of the primitive facilities at present available in that division of DOPT, if ACRs are lost for a particular year, these will not be considered a mandatory requirement for decisions as they are at present," he said while hearing the plea of a Central Secretariat Services Officer Rakesh Bhartiya.

The Commission also directed the secretary DOPT to immediately start the process of computerisation of records in the ACR division of the department to bring in conformity with the section 4 of the RTI act which mandates proactive disclosure by various government departments.

Bhartiya through his RTI application had sought his Confidential Reports for 13 years from 1994-2007 available with DoPT.

The department said CR for 2004-05 during which he was posted at ministry of science and technology was missing. Bhartiya reached the Central Information Commission with a plea.

After the order, the ministry of science and technology informed Bhartiya that his confidential report was delivered to Under Secretary B S A Padmanabha of the DOPT in 2006.

"Fortunately after a thorough search, photocopy of the said ACR has been traced and forwarded to DOPT," the ministry informed him.

The CIC closed the case asking the DOPT to file the compliance report of its directions to reform its ACR division.

Bureau Report


First Published: Monday, September 21, 2009, 19:53


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