KNGC cites absence of PRO, refuses information under RTI

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Nov 14: Citing that it does not have a Public Relations Officer (PRO), the Kiang Nangbah Government College (KNGC) has refused to provide information even after the same was applied for under the Right to Information Act (RTI).
The RTI application was filed by the former general secretary of the Kiang Nangbah Government College Students’ Union (KNGCSU), Justice Paul Lyngdoh seeking information on alleged irregularities in the appointment of staff in the college.

In a statement issued here on Tuesday, Justice informed that he had on November 14 submitted the RTI application but the same was rejected by the College’s principal, OU Lyngdoh.
“The principal had instead rejected the RTI application on ground that the college does not have a Public Information Officer,” Justice said.
Condemning this, the former union leader said the principal had blindly rejected the application without proper grounds.
According to him, chapter II section 5 of the RTI Act 2005 had clearly stated that an RTI application submitted to the authority concerned cannot be rejected except on reasons as specified in chapter II section 8 of the Act.


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