Indian CIC Decides to Give Priority to Senior Citizens

19 July 2014

The Indian Central Information Commission has decided to give priority to senior citizens for the resolution of pending right to information cases.

The decision made in June was recently reported by Economic Times, without many details. The CIC website does not elaborate.

Cases of senior citizens — defined as those being 65 on the date of making the application — would be taken up on priority only if supporting proof is provided, the Economic Times reported.

The article quotes SS Phadke, 73, who has six RTI complaints pending with the commission since 2011, as praising the initiative.

“Most of the RTI requests by senior citizens pertain to personal grievances and any kind of delay in getting such information impacts us most. We avoid going to commission because of the delay in disposal,” Phadke said.

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