Pvt schools come under RTI too

Ms Bindu Khanna vs Directorate of Education

Central Information Commission

14/07/2010

Appeal No.CIC//MA/A/2008/01117

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Therefore, we hold that the orders passed by the First Appellate Authority directing the third party to provide complete information to the appellant and the decision of the Commission affirming the orders of the First Appellate Authority are perfectly in compliance with the provisions of the Act. The third party is hence obliged to comply with the said orders. The Commission, therefore, directs the Respondent to seek compliance of the aforementioned order from the third party-Pinnacle School to provide information as sought at Serial Numbers (i) to (x), (xiv) and (xv) of the RTI application of the appellant dated 11.2.2008 within 15 days from the date of receipt of this decision and submit compliance immediately thereafter. The information should be furnished free of cost as per Section 7(6) of the Act, failing which appropriate action would be initiated against the concerned officials.

 

The issues relating to management and regulation of schools responsible for promotion of education are so important for development that it cannot be left at whims and caprices of private bodies, whether funded or not by the Government. The Director, Directorate of Education should, therefore, ensure compliance of these directions including the order of the First Appellate Authority dated 23.4.2008. In case the School in question fails to cooperate in the matter, appropriate action under relevant rules should be initiated for de-recognition of the school activities. A compliance report should be submitted at the earliest.

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