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PU website not updated on RTI rules

In what could be termed as a gross violation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, Panjab University (PU)has been demanding identification proof from RTI applicants as well as an application based on a format set by the varsity for providing any information.

chandigarh Updated: Nov 03, 2014 11:31 IST
Jyotsna Jalali

In what could be termed as a gross violation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, Panjab University (PU)has been demanding identification proof from RTI applicants as well as an application based on a format set by the varsity for providing any information.

Though PU officials stressed that they were not pressing on the identification proof of the applicant, the varsity’s website outlines that such proof must be provided by the applicant. The varsity has a set format for the application and has mentioned that those seeking information would have to abide by it.

Taking up the issue, city-based lawyer Ajay Jagga has written to PU vice-chancellor (V-C) AK Grover but action from the authorities concerned is yet to be taken.

Talking to HT, Jagga said, “Such a demand for identification proof is wrong. There is no such requirement in the RTI law. According to the procedure adopted by the university, information cannot be sought without an application written on the lines of the prescribed format and if someone does not attach ID proof, then his/her application is likely to be rejected. The conditions are absolutely not in tune with the concerned act.”

He added the format could not be made mandatory because it did not comply with the law.

Jagga further said the central public information officer had no legal authority to ask for proof of identity from an applicant as the law did not call upon the applicant to establish his/her identity.

Meanwhile, PU officials said they were aware of fact that their demand of identification proof was not right, but they were yet to withdraw it from the website.

AK Bhandhari, dean university instructions, said, “We are not pressing anyone for ID proof and we shall also withdraw it from the website. The format on the website is old and we shall revive it and do away with it as well.”

The RTI Act states that a person who desired to obtain information under this act, shall make a request in writing or through electronic means in English or Hindi or in the official language of the area in which the application is being made.