Private schools come under the provision of RTI Act: CIC

Jun 5, 2014 16:20 IST

Central Information Commission on 4 June 2014 ruled that the private schools which were governed by a law such as the Delhi Education Act come under the provisions of Right to Information (RTI) Act.

It ruled that aided or unaided, the school is duty bound under Sections 4 and 8 of Delhi Education Act 1973 to abide by the regulatory conditions of service, payment of salaries as prescribed for which school has to maintain records which provide an inherent and implied right to information to their employees.

Under Right to Education Act 2009 also, the recognised school is under an obligation to appoint eligible teachers and provide them with prescribed wages. This also reveals that it has given inherent right to information to the teachers from their employers.

Background

The case relates to an ex-employee of Jindal Public School who filed an RTI application with Directorate of Education seeking a certified copy of service book and other details from her past employer.

The Directorate provided the information available with them but the school refused to furnish the reply saying RTI Act does not apply on it.

Right to Information

The basic object of the Right to Information Act is to empower the citizens by providing the relevant information about the public authority. The RTI Act was introduced in 2005.  

The aim of RTI is to promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government departments. Act is a big step towards making the citizens informed about the activities of the Government.

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