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Make affidavit and ID proof bearing signature compulsory to file complaint against government employees
It has been observed that many persons including mainly from those involved in yellow journalism file complaints at times anonymous against government employees with dozens of copies marked to number of authorities including President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Governor/Lt Governor, Chief Minister, Central Vigilance Commissioner, Police Commissioner....etc thus unnecessarily burdening the system with complaints at times non-genuine.

It is also experienced that certain mischievous persons even misuse name of known activists by sending such complaints under their names with forged signatures, which causes unnecessary embarrassments to those whose names are misused for sending such complaints.

The matter was taken with all seriousness even by the Central Information Commission (CIC) in its verdict dated November 10, 2016 in petition-number CIC/SA/C/2016/00324. Even a target government officer in a fake complaint threatened to file suit for damages against the person whose name was misused to send such unverified complaints.

The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) should take immediate corrective measures by making it compulsory to file any complaint against a government employee on affidavits with Identity (ID) Proof of complainant bearing his/her signature compulsory to be attached.

Only the authority with which original complaint could be filed in such a system incorporating affidavit and ID-proof should process such complaints. Other authorities with whom copies are marked, may simply file these without burdening the system by unnecessarily processing these.

Since filing of RTI petitions in the name of others has also become quite common, copy of ID proof bearing signature of the petitioner should also be made compulsory to be attached with every RTI petition. It is also otherwise necessary because the RTI Act does not permit those ex-Indians who later took nationality of some other country.

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