Officers should guard against misuse or abuse of the provisions of Right to Information Act, Shankar Patil, State Information Commissioner, said here on Tuesday.
He told officials at the zilla panchayat to use their discretion in deciding on RTI applications that were not bona fide. “If you know that an application has been filed only to harass officers or seek details of an officer or beneficiary’s private life, there is no need to give information. You can always reject the application right away, citing specific reasons,” he said. He was responding to an officer who complained that he had received a RTI application that sought the names and phone numbers of inmates of a girls’ hostel.