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  • ashakantasharma

    What are some of the shocking, weirdest, silliest RTI requests made in India?

    By ashakantasharma

    What are some of the shocking, weirdest, silliest RTI requests made in India? As Abraham Lincoln said “Government is of the people, by the people, for the people” The government is our servant and we have no duty to explain why we seek information from them. The government holds all the information in our behalf, in trust. Like a banker can’t ask you why you want to see your bank account statement, similarly the government can’t deny if you ask them how they are governing our country.
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  • Sunil Ahya

    Understanding Section 7(9) of the RTI Act, 2005

    By Sunil Ahya

    1. Provisions in a law cannot be read in isolation, but all the relevant provisions have to be read along with together, for its harmonious construction: The basic principle to be followed in law, is that while interpreting any provision, it has be read along with all the other relevant & applicable provisions, for the correct interpretation of the provision in question. Sec 7 (1) is relevant & applicable while interpreting sec. 7(9) and therefore both these provisions will hav
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  • jps50

    information supplied in language which the applicant does not understand is no information

    By jps50

    RTI applicants face the problem of language of reply, especially if the information is sought from other states. I had sought information from BBMP [municipalcorporation] Bengaluru and had requested that information be supplied in English. However, I received a reply in Kannada and I had to email to my relative to translate it. I append below relevant extract from a judgment of High Court of Uttarakhand. I infer that information supplied in language which the applicant does not underst
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  • jps50

    32 Reasons why Information Commissioners do not impose penality

    By jps50

    WHY DO INFORMATION COMMISSIONERS NOT IMPOSE PENALTY? ICs are under the wrong impression that it is their discretion to levy or not to levy penalty at their will. In fact, once the breach of RTI Act is committed and not reasonably explained, the penalty must follow.  ICs are afraid because if they levy penalties, the serving govt officers may dig out their [ICs] misdoings when ICs were in service and ICs may have to face investigating agencies post-retirement. ICs want to fo
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  • jps50

    NON-COMPLIANCE OF ORDERS OF CIC/SIC –Administrative Remedy

    By jps50

    Of late defiance of orders of Information Commissioners has become rampant. The only remedy with the information seeker is to lodge a complaint with Chief Information Commissioner, who routinely issues another order for compliance that too after a delay ranging from 6 to 36 months depending upon efficiency and pendency of CIC/SIC. Commissions hardly invoke powers of Civil Court vested in it u/s 18.3 to ensure speedy compliance with its own orders. Hence I suggest that if after two months of
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pollution complaint

i request learned members to help me in my endeavor below: all over the country there are clandestinely operating units washing waste PET bottles using enormous amount of water with caustic soda and the effulent is discharged untreated or treated using outdated equipments which only exist on paper seriously effecting marine life and human .there are no guidlines ,no checks.i want proper guidlines and proper checks to be enforced.how can i go about it,where do i go ,how do i start

lokeshgoel

lokeshgoel

 

Books on RTI that I've collected so far

You can ask me to check a point or case law from any of these books by messaging me at RTI India Forum. Please give me at least 2-3 weeks time to get back as I would be away from their location at times. This is a free service offered by me.   1. RTI Use & Abuse - Prof. Madabhushi Sridhar; First Edition, 2015; Allahabad Law Agency; ISBN: 978-93-81587-11-9.   2. Tilting the Balance of Power - Second Edition Jan 2017; RaaG SNS and Rajpal & Sons; ISBN: 9789350643921.   3. RTI ACT - Sa

Lawyero

Lawyero

 

Committee Meeting time inconvinient for only female Treasurer

Sirs, Our Chairman and secretary calls committee meeting every time during night time at 9.00 p.m. My wife is the only female office bearer in the committee. Many a time she has told not to conduct the committee meeting during night time as she feels inconvenient and uncomfortable, but they always keep the meeting on week days during night time at 9.00p.m. Sir, please let me know what she should do? M Sharma

A_2manmohan

A_2manmohan

 

Resignation of chairman and appointment of new chairman- not informed to registrar

Respected Sir, Our society Chairman has resigned and in his place a new person is appointed as a chairman of the society. Our Secretary did not inform this to the registrar. What may be the consequences of this? Is the appointment of New Chairman will be illegal? Can the new chairman sign on co-op hsg., socy balance Sheets??? What the Bye-Laws says???   Regards, MM Sharma

A_2manmohan

A_2manmohan

 

CONCESSIONS AND BENEFITS EXTENDED BY STATE GOVTS/UTs TO RETIRED AND SERVING DEFENCE PERSONNEL

I wish a Happy Independence Day to my entire country mate. On the eve of Independence Day, I dedicate this Blog to all serving and retired defence Personnel and their family and to all martyrs those dedicated their life for Independence of Mother India.   Though welfare of the ex-Servicemen (ESM) and their dependents is the joint responsibility of the Centre and the States/UTs, however, majority of the problems have to be resolved only by the States/UTs. As like the Kendriya Sainik Board at th

CHITTABARIK

CHITTABARIK

 

A n unstable govt and the RTI. Where both stand?

Take the example of TN. I filed an RTI in the month of August 2016. Then so many twists and turn in the state with the death of the then CM till now no one actually accepts there is a govt running.. even i asked PIO to return my application along with attachments but so far no good. Can I go to justice? please advise..

bashwin

bashwin

 

Public Authority Websites which do not have RTI PIO Information yet

It would be interesting know how many PIOs are still not doing voluntary disclosures. Here is a collection of websites that I came across which do not have PIO details. I will keep updating this list for the benefit of all. You can also contribute/correct by messaging me:     Central -------         State - Andhra Pradesh ---------------------- Crime Investigation Department PPP Cell, Finance Department APNRT Society AP State Agro-Industries Development Corporation

Lawyero

Lawyero

 

PIO trying to divert me from attending the information commission.

I had sought some key information from the PIO, total 8 RTI's but the PIO never bothered to reply. I filed first appeal, thereafter second appeal and complaint to the information commission. It is now almost 21 months now, the case has come for hearing at information commission. In the meantime, the PIO was transferred and new PIO has joined the post. I had approached the new PIO to receive the pending RTI information. But the new PIO (present one) ignored me and said i am helpless and deffered

rightsaid

rightsaid

 

information more than 20yrs denied

Sir   Sent RTI application to P.I.O commissioner Patiala, mini secretariat, Patiala for information regarding date of registration of power of attorney.   PIO replied as the information is more than 20yrs old so that can not be supplied. copy of reply attached in punjabi.   please guide under RTI act any ruling that old record information more than 20yrs can not be supplied.   Any judgement regarding this.   regards   p k gupta

pkguptaa

pkguptaa

 

APAR of Self not exempted under RTI .Bombay HC.

Bombay HC upholds CIC order directing UoI to furnish BARC employee's annual appraisal report   For those of the members who do not find time to open the link and go through, relevant extract: The bench of Justice RM Savant and Justice SS Jadhav examined Section 8(1)(a) of the said Act and noted:“It is well settled that the process of appraising an employee’s performance and communicating the same is with a view to give an opportunity to the employee to correct himself or improve himself and a

Prasad GLN

Prasad GLN

 

ATM fraud prevention, mobile fraud prevention:

ATM fraud prevention, mobile fraud prevention:   There were many queries on ATM frauds and the following article published in MSN net work news letter may guide preventive steps by members.     ATM fraud prevention, mobile fraud prevention: Here's how to keep your money safe Sample this: Around 200 people have lost Rs 10 lakh to ATM fraud over the past one week in Bangalore, according to a report. Fraudsters, in fact, used advanced card skimmers to read debit and credit card data during u

Prasad GLN

Prasad GLN

 

Grounds of Appeal with Respect to Section 8(1)(h) and 8(1)(j)

1. The PIO has not provide information against point no. xx, xx etc. of the RTI application. 2. The PIO has declined information against point no. xx of the RTI application by merely quoting the exemption to information under section 8(1)(h) / 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, 2005 without giving meaningful justification for arriving at that reason for denial. This is against letter and spirit of RTI Act. Please find the following persuasive precedents wherein the concerned authorities have

Sunil Ahya

Sunil Ahya

 

Assistance for first appeal

In 2008 release of adhoc promotion was given to me as per the Judgement in Writ no. 1614 of 2008 and I was given the copy of the note approved by CMD as information sought under RTI. Now on getting acquitted in 2014 the Bank did not release the promotion held in sealed cover since 1993 as per the set procedure which was against the judgment of 2008. This forced me to file a Contempt of Court writ in October, 2015 which is pending for hearing. Threatened by the said Writ, the Bank released the pr

dnandu

dnandu

 

How to declare a person is economically backward by GoI and other sate govts.

I am unable to get the conditions prescribed by GoI and GoTamil Nadu to declare a person is economically backward. There is Below poverty line crieteria fixed by the State and Central Govt. TN state issues caste certificate and income certificate through online application. Filing RTI ad general represenation did not give any result. Can any one help to get the conditions and money income for economically backward by GoI and other states ?

GUNASELVAM_V

GUNASELVAM_V

 

Verification of mark sheet /certificate issued by education institutes

VERIFICATION OF MARK SHEET /CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY EDUCATION INSTITUTES   Respected members of the group, after pursuing a degree with hefty sum, time comes when we fell doubt in the genuineness of certificates/mark sheets issued by university. Here is collection of certain Universities and procedure to be followed for verification of Mark sheets /Certificates issued by respective University.     *All documents pertaining to various University are attached herewith

CHITTABARIK

CHITTABARIK

 

Driving license (details procedure about issue of new license and duplicate in case of lost/theft etc)

DRIVING LICENSE AIM OF BLOG: As certain people of this forum have doubt about issues related to Driving License. This blog will be helpful for them to a great extent. In this blog one will get the procedure for the following details: (a) ISSUE OF NEW DRIVING LICENSE (b) ISSUE OF DUPLICATE IN CASE OF LOSS/THEFT ETC   Form for Driving License Form 1. = Self-declaration of Medical fitness. Form 1A = Medical certificate (Required in case of commercia

CHITTABARIK

CHITTABARIK

 

irresponsive pios...

sir, how to go ahead if time limit for appeal is not adhered to by applicant due to unavoidable circumstances? due to recent situations in Tamil Nadu since an year due to rain havoc, poilitical disturbances etc,, the entire system seems to be sleeping. how to wake it up? even i wrote a letter to the concerned pio, that if not willing to reply to kindly return my application. can i go in consumer forum for lack of service? please advise. thanking you..

bashwin

bashwin

 

Approval of university for distance and regular course

Please find out the details of Approval of University and study centres for conducting various courses under Correspondence/distance or Regular mode. While checking validation check for Year of validation and courses for which approval has been given to that university by UGC/DEB to conduct the said course at study centres. Before taking admission check for approval status of study centre too.     Details in the Blog: (i)Approval to universities to conduct courses in correspondence/Distanc

CHITTABARIK

CHITTABARIK

 

Verification of marksheet/certificate issued by education institutes

Respected members of the group, After pursuing a degree with hepty sum, time comes when we fell doubt in the genuinity of certificates/marksheets issued by university. Here is collection of Universities and procedure to be followed for verification of Marksheets/Certificates issued by Respective University.       Here is also a special link to consulate General of India Dubai www.cgidubai.org for job aspirants going abroad(Dubai) for verification of certificates/marksheets and procedure.  

CHITTABARIK

CHITTABARIK

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