‘Can’t reveal EWS quota decision process details’
New Delhi: The government has refused to share details of the decision-making process on quota for economically weaker section (EWS) citing a clause of the RTI Act that bars disclosure of records of Cabinet papers and discussions by ministers.
Venkatesh Nayak, who works as Programme Coordinator, Access to information Programme with NGO Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), had sought details like copy of cabinet note on the matter besides correspondence received from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in this regard.
The Centre has implemented 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker
sections of the general category in central government posts and services from February 1, 2019, onwards.
In reply to Nayak’s RTI query, the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry said the requisite information cannot be provided as it was exempted under Section 8 (1) (i) of the transparency law.
The Section bars disclosure of “cabinet papers including records of deliberations of the council of ministers, secretaries and other officers”.
However, the same clause, further says “Provided that the decisions of council of ministers, the reasons thereof, and the material on the basis of which the decisions were taken shall be made public after the decision has been taken, and the matter is complete, or over”.
Nayak said there is no press release about this subject on the website of the Press Information Bureau or the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry.
“The 10 per cent quota amendment has already come into force. Nevertheless, the officer (who has replied) seems to think that the matter is neither complete or over,” Nayak said.