15 May, 2021

Right To Information | 4 Out Of Every 10 RTI Requests Are Rejected On Unknown Grounds

The 2017 annual report of the Central Information Commission of India states that four out of every ten RTI requests are rejected on unknown grounds.

Reena
Photograph by Jitender Gupta
Right To Information | 4 Out Of Every 10 RTI Requests Are Rejected On Unknown Grounds
outlookindia.com
2018-09-14T13:32:22+05:30

Since her 2015 divorce, Reena, a 35-year-old mother of three living in the slums of Dakshinpuri, Delhi, has been trying to make ends meet working as a maid. For her kids enrolled in a government school, a scheduled caste certificate is the key to schemes like scholarships, subsidised uniforms and schoolbooks. However, in the absence of a father, whose caste traditionally determines that of his children in most of India, Reena’s circumstances have trapped her in a vicious cycle. “The school authorities keep asking for my kids’ caste certificates. I filed an RTI on June 17, 2016 asking about the procedure of applying for a caste certificate in the abs­ence of a father, and I am still waiting for an answer. Every time I go to their office, they tell me there’s something missing in the form, or ask me to go find out their father’s caste. It’s been nearly three years and I haven’t received a single response,” she says. The 2017 annual report of the Central Information Commission of India states that four out of every ten RTI requests...

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