Shri K.B.Srivastava, Ex-Dy. Director, H.No.3/361 Vikas Nagar, Lucknow 226 022 filed an RTI application dt.13.2.08 with the CPIO, DoP, New Delhi seeking information against 4 points with respect to his promotion in P.S.S.Group B cadre. The CPIO replied on 24.3.08 stating that ad-hoc promotion is not a matter of right and ad-hoc promotion to PSS Group B cadre is done on circle level on the basis of availability of vacancy and one circle has no relation with other circle in this respect. She also enclosed the information regarding total vacancy of PS Group B officers and the date of holding DPC for the years 1995 to 2000. She also requested the Applicant to remit Rs.24/- towards supply of copies of Memos requested by him. Not satisfied with the reply, the Applicant filed an appeal dt.24.4.08 with the Appellate Authority. On not receiving any reply, he filed a second appeal dt.30.6.08 before CIC.

The Respondent submitted to the CIC that the Applicant vide letter dt.24.4.08 addressed to DG, Department of Posts, deposited Rs.24/- towards supply of memos which were sent to him on 9.5.08 and no further communication was received by the CPIO from the Appellant after that. Only on receipt of the second appeal the Public Authority came to know that the Appellant had not received the information sent to him. The Respondent CPIO also shared with the Commission a copy of the Central Registry’s Diary showing date of dispatch of information to the Appellant. The Respondent further stated that ad-hoc promotion is done at circle level and there are 22 circles and one circle has no relation to another and in the absence of any register maintaining the details, the information could not be furnished. She further added that if the applicant requests for information about any particular employee / circle, then the same can be provided. The Appellant who was heard over the phone stated that his first appeal was not replied to by the Appellate Authority to which the Respondent CPIO replied stating that the first appeal was not received by them. The Applicant then complained that an employee of J & K circle who was junior to him has been given adhoc promotion since 1992 and has been subsequently regularized. In response, the Respondent informed the Appellant that the J&K circle being a small one, employees may get ad-hoc promotions quicker than in UP Circle.

The Commission after hearing both sides, directs the Appellant to provide name of any specific employee / circle so that information can be provided to him. The Commission accordingly directs the Appellant to provide the name/centre to the Respondent within 5 days of receipt of the order and the CPIO to provide the details to the Appellant within 10 days of receipt of details from the Appellant.

Comments. Nil.

CIC - DECISION NO CIC/AD/A/2009/000948 DATED 27.8.2009