Can Government officers get access to Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs) under the RTI Act?

As per decision No.18/IC (A)/2006 dt.28.03.2006, the CIC held that “the assessment reports by superior officers are personal and confidential information and therefore exempted under Section 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act. In the case stated above, the Central Information Commission upheld the public authority's (Indian Oil Corporations) decision that Annual Performance Appraisal Reports cannot be shared as they are confidential in nature.

When did the Right to Information Act, 2005 come into force?

The Right to Information Act came into force fully on the 12th October, 2005 (120th day of its enactment i.e., 15th June, 2005). Some provisions came into force with immediate effect viz. obligations of public authorities [Section 4(1)], designation of Public Information Officers and Assistant Public Information Officers [Sections 5(1) and 5(2)], constitution of Central Information Commission [Sections12 and 13], constitution of State Information Commission [Sections 15 and 16], non-applicability of the Act to Intelligence and Security Organizations [Section 24] and power to make rules to carry out the provisions of the Act [Sections 27 and 28].

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