Asking very old information under RTI

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SUNDEEP NIGAM

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Jun 2, 2020, 1:03:57 PM6/2/20
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Dear Sir 
             can some one ask for copies old record of which are in thousands of pages .
               And what if record is around 5 yrs old and difficult to compile.like bills of all good purchsed between 2011-2015 

Sarbajit Roy

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Jun 2, 2020, 4:47:39 PM6/2/20
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1) Yes a citixen has a right to ask for ANY information which is part of the records of the concerned public authority

2) If the information is more  than 20 years old most of the standard exemptions available to CPIO to deny information
will not be applicable.

3) The RTI Act does NOT require the CPIO to compile records or create new information to supply the applicant.
Instead, copies of Information AS THEY EXIST are to be given. It is expected that vide section 4(1)(a) of RTI Act every
public authority maintains its records (electronically) in a manner designed to facilitate the right to Information.

4) CPIO cannot deny information merely because information requested is 5 years old and difficult for him to trace out.

Sarbajit Roy

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