The city office of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL),on an average,receives 10 to 20 RTI applications in a month and officials say not all are relevant. Officials said in nearly 50 per cent cases,information sought from the telecom company should have been pursued by following a routine official channel or bringing the issue to the notice of the correct authority concerned.
BSNL General Manager Arvind Vadnerkar said the complaints that are received are often frivolous.
Among others,few RTI applications received are filed by BSNL officials only regarding issues like denial of promotions to them “despite their seniority”.
“The RTI applications being received are mostly those which should have been filed through some other channels. For instance,an RTI application filed about a person not getting promotion despite being senior should have been filed with the general manager concerned or principal general manager or chief general manager and not with me,” said Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO),RTI,BSNL,R R Patil. He added that many RTI applications are the kinds that need not have been ‘filed in the first place’.
“People are also approaching us to seek details of issues that can be very easily be called personal problems. Other than asking for the incoming and outgoing call records,once I also received a case in which a woman asked for official details of her husband who was an employee of the BSNL,” added Patil.
He said once a man who received threat calls wanted call records of his landline number to identify the unknown caller.
“Most of the RTI applications are those in which people are trying to settle their personal scores. People even file RTIs to get details of revenue collections made at different telephone exchanges.”