J&K Bank Declines Information Under RTI

J&K Bank Headquarters | File Photo

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Bank in response to an RTI application has refused to share information regarding total strength of its employees as on date. The bank has also denied information about the total number of employees appointed by the bank during the last 5 years.

Citing exemption under Right to Information Act, The Public Information office of the J&K Bank rejected the RTI pleas vide letter no. 1097 dated 06/July/2021 and stated “desired information cannot be provided as the same is exempted under section 8(1) (J) of the RTI Act 2005”.

The rejection order of the bank has come after one page RTI application by RTI activist Raman Sharma dated 19/June/2021, wherein the applicant had sought eight points information including total number of permanent and contractual employees working in the bank as on date, total number of appointments both permanent and on contractual basis made by the bank during the last 5 years from Jan 1, 2016 till date.

The other query of applicant Raman was about total number of permanent and contractual appointments of employees made by the bank with and without issuing advertisements and public notices.

Expressing displeasure over rejection of his RTI application, the applicant informed that he would adopt due legal procedure of appeal as available under RTI Act 2005 against the rejection order of the Public Information officer of the J&K Bank Limited.

He also said all the sought information was quite genuine and in larger public interest and added that instead of rejecting this kind of information the bank was under obligation to proactively disclose maximum  part of this information under section 4 of the RTI Act.

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