The commission issued the instruction on June 19, after
an email by Durve to the Chief Information Commissioner
Wajahat Habibullah on June 17. “The issue was discussed
and agreed upon ahead of the agendas for that day.
However, I had also made an appeal to consider people
below poverty line which was not looked into,” said
RTI petitions are first filed with the public
information officer and then the first appeal is filed
with the first appellate authority; the time limit in
case of the reply for both the petition as well as
appeal being 30 days.
If the petitioner is unsatisfied with this reply, the
next resort is a second appeal with the CIC or the SCIC.
Durve said that the CIC which used to take four to
six months to hear Central Government related second
appeals and more than one and a half years to hear State
related second appeals will now be giving priority to
the cases in the two categories.
“The demand was to fix a time limit of 30 days for
the second appeal too, but the CIC has not committed to
this. There are more than 2,000 second appeals pending
before the city information commissioner. At least now
it becomes mandatory for the State information
commissions to give high priority to senior citizens and
differently abled persons,” he said.
Durve had sent the email on the basis of a 1996 High
court circular, which said, “precedence would be given
by courts for hearing and final disposal of cases
wherein one of the parties is of advanced age who has
crossed 70 years of age.”
However, Durve said that the petitioners should send
their age proof and differently abled medical
certificate along with the RTI application.
“For, senior citizens and physically challenged if
appeals are already pending with the CIC/SCIC, they
should write to the CIC/ SCIC about their status,” he