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OPSC refuses to give information sought by Odisha RTI activist

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 5: 

Flouting all rules, the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) has bluntly refused to provide information sought by an activist under the RTI Act.

Courtesy: orissamatters.com
Courtesy: orissamatters.com

According to reports, RTI activist Suravi Mohanty had sought information from the OPSC relating to the Odisha Civil Service (OCS) examinations held in 2006.

She had sought information about the marks secured by the successful candidates in the written and viva voce test, selection of candidates for various categories and selection of a particular candidate for a specific category.

In its response to each of the queries on April 29, the concerned official had mentioned that the information sought by the activist could not be provided without the prior permission from the Commission.

Though there is restriction on providing information on 12 specific issues under section 8 and 9 of the RTI Act, 2015, not a single information, sought by her comes under these sections, Mohanty claimed.

“I cannot understand why is the OPSC, which publishes the marks of the candidates who have cleared the examinations like the OCS, Odisha Judicial Service (OJS), district judgees, junior lecturers and Assistant Public Prosecutors (APPs), is reluctant to provide information sought by me?” Mohanty wondered.

The reply given by the OPSC officials to Mohanty on April 29 this year had said “If you are irritated by our reply, you can move the First Appellate authority within a month”.

Acting on the reply, Mohanty met the special secretary, OPSC who also expressed his inability to provide her the information as per the order of the Commission.

Following the refusal, Mohanty has decided to take up the matter in the appellate authority, sources added.