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    • सड़क निर्माण में भ्रष्टाचार ना हो और पारदर्शिता के लिए आप चाहे तो निर्माण स्थल से #RTI के तहत निर्माण कार्य का सैंपल लेकर लैब में टेस्टिंग के लिए दे सकते है। http://rtiindia.org

       

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    • Instances that involve disclosure of sensitive information, it may be rationale for the CPIO to ask for citizenship proof
      Information Commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha held that seeking citizenship proof in case of demand of sensitive information is justified but seeking a signed copy of the application does not seem appropriate as the online portal does not mandate uploading of signatures.
       
      Sinha was hearing the plea of an Odisha-based RTI applicant who had sought from the Army information regarding implementation of rules under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 in all defence establishments.
      The Army did not provide any information to the applicant, the CIC noted. Akhand approached the Commission with a complaint that the central public information officer (CPIO) of the Army has demanded a signed copy of his online RTI application as well as identity proof before providing him the records.
      “In this regard, it may be noted that as far as CPIO’s request for citizenship proof is concerned, the same is not questioned as Commission in its prior decision(s) has held the view that Armed Forces stand on a slightly different footing as there may be instances that involve disclosure of sensitive information, and for such reasons it may be rationale for the CPIO to ask for citizenship proof,” Sinha noted.
      Originally posted here!
       
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    • Some of you -- at least CJ Karira, who helped me years ago in one crucial step, getting SEBI to acknowledge its own circular! -- know of a 15-year quest among desi academics to get SEBI to release its stale masked FII data for academic research. At one point years ago a parliamentary query by Shyam Benegal, then Rajya Sabha MP, sought the release of this data for academic research. He then made a subsequent RTI query asking what had done about his complaint about the terrible answer he got to his parliamentary question. We thought we had succeeded when in response to that SEBI did put in public domain that FII data and promised to update. And to  their credit, they did update it from time to time, even if a bit fitfully. But thanks to a question by a curious IIT-Madras undergrad, we realized that what SEBI gave with one hand they took away with another. While the idea was that the FII IDs would be masked to preserve privacy, without telling anyone, SEBI changed the masks each month, drastically reducing the value for academic research (since you can't even tell how many distinct FIIs are there in the data base, and whether anyone traded over time). It also caused mistakes in academic research since no one imagined that SEBI would use changing masks, when no other regulator or exchange on the planet does so.

      To get SEBI to finally agree to not hide by changing masks, but to keep a stable mask, has taken many years. But at least per the ruling received yesterday, it has been achieved, with no violence to anyone. I attach the ruling. I can also post the various submissions made at the Second Appeal hearing if there is any interest (need to scrub email-IDs, per the policy of this site).

      Addendum_To_CIC_2nd_appeal_28th_February_2020.pdfThis RTI site, in particular Karira-ji, has been very helpful to me in the course of this long episode thru countless RTI queries. And I am grateful for that from the bottom of my heart. I am confident we will see quite a few PhD dissertations using this database within the next few years.

      Addendum_To_CIC_2nd_appeal_28th_February_2020.pdf
      Second_Addendum_w_Appendices_29th_Feb_2020.pdf
      CIC-SEBIH-A-2017-139953-BJ.pdf
      Third_Addendum to Additional Submission for RTI Second Appeal_2nd_March_2020.pdf
      To_CIC_2nd_appeal_27th_February_2020_Redacted.pdf
      Draft_Talking_Points_for_the_Hearing.pdf
      From_SEBI_Written Submiissions - Murugappa Krishnan 139953.pdf
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    • There can be no faith in government if our highest offices are excused from scrutiny - they should be setting the example of transparency.
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    • LUCKNOW: The Central government has provided categorized security cover to 308 persons, out of which 24 have been provided the highest Z-plus cover, according to the answer to an RTI query.


      As per information provided by S.C.L. Das, Joint Secretary in the Union Home Ministry to city-based activist Nutan Thakur, two dozen persons have been given Z-plus security, 59 persons have been given Z security, 109 have been given Y-plus, 34 have been given Y and 82 persons have been given X category security.

       
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    • Prasad GLN
      First learn fundamentals in RTI act before filing RTI Application. The Chittor Collectorate comes under AP Information Commission, DPS constructions, NH 16, Service Road, MANGALAGIRRI, 522 503 Guntur Dt. AP. You have treated a state govt public authority as Central Govt and filed second appeal to CIC, New Delhi which is exclusively meant to hear second appeals of Central Govt depts., CIC is equally smart, and they have forwarded it to Telangana Information Commission when State was bifurcated 4 years back and APIC was functioning at Amaravati CDA. Now correct the mistake by filing a set to APSIC duly certified.  You may receive hearing notice after 3 years if you are fortunate. Infact APSIC has introduced a new policy one year back and sending notices to PIO immediately on receiving such complaints/second appeals with grounds of "deemed denial of information" (No response).  This time lodge appeal set to Collector also. (Nodal SPIO must be DRO and not Collector.  Check website of Chittor Collector and find out PIO and FAA)
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    • Prasad GLN
      Check once again in BCCI site, RTI segment, if they have not uploaded  voluntary disclosure, appointed designated CPIOs, FAA  means the matter is subjudice.
    • Prasad GLN
      You have to select one dept., download those voluntary disclosures mentioning date and time, and file RTI Application to PIO seeking reasons for not uploading on other points, and go for complaint to IC.  Take one public authority as sample case and download their declaration part also.
    • Prasad GLN
      I have seen clubbing of 8 RTI applications in one CIC decision after Audio, personal Hearing at New Delhi was sought, only three queries were heard and CIC delivered a decision on all RTI Application, without even referring to written submissions filed before IC.  The attitude shown in personal hearing was cordial and the decision invariablly quotes CBSE vs.Adityanath Bandopadhya, by comparing thousands of applications by one CPIO in a month in CBSE, with hardly one application dealt by that authority for one month for ten years.  I have my own doubts that some ICs hardly write one or two sentences in the heard queries and the rest of pages are prepared by some subordinates.  There is also no review and one has to approach through writ to HC and wait for few more months to get a decision.  One can not help if there is no sincerity in performing duties by those who draw heavy emoluments and coveted post after retirement.  Also appreciate the limitation of time during VC or AC and still there is no recording of submissions.  You can ask a friend or relative to file fresh RTI Application in his name for that information that was not provided (Incomplete).  Your query is not clear as to whether all applications and queries on each application was heard and as to whether you have filed written submissions immediately by fax on same day as minutes of hearing.
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