APPLICATIONS PERTAINING TO PENSION TO BE CONSIDERED AS REQUEST FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING LIFE OR LIBERTY.
The Commission held that all request for information relating to delay in fixation/payment of pension and also arrears shall be dealt with urgently considering them as requests for information concerning life or liberty under section 7(1) of RTI Act. Any grievance regarding these issues also should be treated as right to life under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution and the public authorities shall do all the needful to address the issue within 48 hours.
The Commission also required that as per Section 19(8) (a) (i,iii&iv) of RTI Act, the public authority should consider pension-related information as life and liberty related information to provide quick access to information, publish necessary guidelines to deliver the pension-related information and circulate amongst all CPIOs, and train them to provide such information concerning pension within 48 hours and the FAAs should initiate a hearing proceedings within 48 hours.1).
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