Saturday, 14 April 2018

CIC direct the govt. authorities not to hold the pension of the employees for want of linking adhar.

The Central Information Commission has held that the public authority cannot delay the payment of pensions to the senior citizens and retired employees shifting away the burden in the name of linking to Aadhar.

Even if linking with Aadhaar is necessary, it should not result in delaying the payment of pension or denial of information regarding pension, said Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu.

The pensioners might mainly depend upon the pension for their livelihood and delaying it will be inhumane and also amounts to denial of their fundamental right to life. Even if linking with Aadhaar is necessary, it should not result in delaying the payment of pension or denial of information regarding pension, said Prof M Sridhar Acharyulu while deciding an appeal filed by a retired govt. employee.

In this matter, the employee had required the details of names of the persons whose pension was held for want of Aadhaar card for the month of March 2017. The Chief Public Information Officer declined information on the ground that it would cause unjustified invasion of the privacy of an individual, hence the details cannot be supplied.

The Chief Information Commission, in this regard, held: “Pension is part of the salary as consideration for the services rendered and continuation of payments to the retired public servants, and that would paid out of public exchequer as per the pre-fixed scale and other aspects. The salary detail of the public servant is not his personal information. It has to be in the public domain under Section 4. On the same logic the pension-related information is not personal information of the pensioner. The CPIO should not have denied that information wrongly invoking Section 8(1)(j) of RTI Act.”


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