The decision to reduce the fee for PU answer sheets under RTI was taken after CS Shastry of Puttur, an owner of the Photostat shop filed an application to RTI in July last year against the Board for charging Rs.420/- to get a photocopy of his son's 2nd year PU economics answer script.
The Board rejected the RTI petition claiming that he had to pay the fee for getting the photocopies. He then filed the complaint at the State Central Information Commission which appealed the joint director of the PU department on January 12, 2012. The board authorities refused to give the photocopies to the petitioner. The commission then directed the board on January 27, 2012 to hand over the answer sheets to the petitioner within 3 days.
Recently, the Supreme court also defended a Calcutta High Court Judgment where students will be allowed to get photography of their answer sheets for any professional courses exam under RTI Act. The Central Information Commission order also states that a student can appeal under Sec 7 of the RTI Act where the university is obliged to give a Photostat of the answer sheets after payment of the photostat and RTI application charges.