Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Productivity Analysis of APSIC !!!

Below is the productivity analysis of the APSIC (Andhra Pradesh State Information Commission) done by a fellow RTI Activist and a good friend 'C J Karira'.

The analysis only reinforces everything that i earlier wrote in the blog about the APSIC's working and that its a sheer waste of money. Its time we do something about the commission and its working. To quote another dear friend and RTI activist Umesh "Its getting depressing by the day"

Read my earlier post
Read more about my report on the commission's working

Download the analysis from here..

(Please Download the pdf onto a local drive and then open. There's a download option on the sky drive)

Abbreviations expanded on a friend's suggestion:

IC: Information Commissioner
CIC: Chief Information Commissioner / Central Information Commission
PIO: Public Information officer
SIC: State Information Commission
APSIC : Andhra Pradesh State Information Commission

" Productivity analysis of the APSIC"

The period covered is since the inception of the Commission (November 2005) till 31 August 2008.

The expenses data ONLY includes Salaries/HRA/Vehicle allowances. It does not include establishment expenses, rents, utilities, etc. Nor does it include the depreciation on fixed assets. These will be incorprated as and when available.


1. Although the Commission had a total of 569 days available, the days of actually conducting a hearing ranged from 61 (IC K Sudhakar Rao) to 122 (IC A Subba Rao)
2. On an average, the APSIC conducted hearings only on 19% of the days the office was attended by CIC/IC - that is to say hearings were conducted on only 1 out of 5 days when attending office. The figure anged from a lowest of 1 out of 8 days to 1 out of 4 days.
3. The number of days the CIC/IC's actually attended office is obviously incorrect or probably misunderstood by the PIO. As per newspaper reports, the CIC and IC's are regularly touring the Districts, attending Conferences, etc. Toose days definitely cannot be counted as days when they attended office. They might have been on "official" work but they definitely did not step into the APSIC office.
4. For the days when hearings were held by CIC or the IC's, the average number of hearings ranged from 0.8 per day (IC Dileep Reddy) to 4.9 per day (CIC C D Arha) - with a overall average of 2.3 per day for the Commission as a whole.
5. It must be remembered that as per various analysis done previously, the APSIC has a a 50 to 60% rejection rate at the "admission" stage - that is at least 50% of the second appeals and complaints are rejected on admission due to procedural lapses. - This is as per our report
If one takes into account the minimum rejection rate of 50%, the average reduces to 0.38 to 2.44 hearings per day with an average of 1.14 per day for the whole Commission !
6. As far as cost per decision is concerned, the costs ONLY include Salaries/HRA/Vehicle Allowance for all the staff of the Commission. There is no inclusion of establishment expenses, running expenses, terminal benefits, other benefits like medical, depreciation of fixed assets, interest costs, etc.
7. The average cost per decision ranges from Rs. 1009 (for the CIC) to Rs. 6782 (for IC Dileep Reddy) with an overall average of Rs. 4882 for the commission.
However, if one factors in the rejection rate of 50%, the average cost per decision is Rs. 9765

Based on information available on other websites of SIC's and CIC, it can be estimated that Salary/HRA/Vehicle allowance are about 50% of the total expenses. If the same criteria is used for the APSIC and the total expenses factored in, the average cost of each decision works out to Rs. 19,530.00 !

At last weeks closing price , each decision is worth aproximately 15 Gms of 24 Carat Gold ! "

Use RTI !!!

Jai Hind


Ravinder Reddy said...

The pdf seems to be corrupted.can you check it out once.

Rakesh said...

Please download the PDF before opening. Download onto a local drive and then open. Its working fine. There's a download option on the sky drive.


sarasvati said...

hi rakesh,

it is a very interesting insight into the CIC's work...but people without GK like myself would need a bit of expansion of the abbreviations...(some of them are difficult to figure out)...


Rakesh said...

abbreviations expanded :)