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
How many times have you been asked to inspect the document when you have never requested? Ideally, if you have not applied for inspection of the document and the information requested is not voluminous, PIO should not ask the applicant to come for inspection of the document.
PIO Acts that makes you hate RTI ACT
But naturally, it is not the way. It is an easy way for PIO to first
Get to know who is an actual RTI Applicant
Intimidate the applicant by various means
The Right to Information Act 2005 empowers every citizen to ask for information from Government Organisations. This information can be about your own personal case or more complex Government Policy. The Act also empowers us to take photocopies of the Government records and also online data in a form of CD. However, often PIO being Government Servant who perhaps is also the custodian of the information has a conflict of interest in giving out such information.
Every Government Official at on
Kindly do not worry about the exemptions at the stage of filing a RTI application, as reasoned below:
As per section 7(1):
A PIO is supposed to either provide the information on payment of such fee as may be prescribed or reject the request for any of the reasons specified in sections 8 and 9
(Which means a PIO is supposed to either provide information or deny it under section 8 and 9).
As per section 19(5):
In any appeal proceedings, the onus to prove that a den
Guide to drafting a good RTI application
Drafting a good RTI application can be as easy as writing a simple leave letter. As long as the applicant knows the basics of the RTI Act 2005, drafting an application, requesting for information from any public authority, is little more than child’s play.
Your full name and address have to mentioned in the application. If you so wish, you can also mention your telephone number and email id, although this is optional.
ONE SRI TAPAN DAS OF DHEKIAJULI WARD NO. 3 FILED AN RTI APPLICATION AT THE DHEKIAJULI MUNICIPALITY BOARD SEEKING THE DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED BY THE OWNER OF THE LAXMI RICE MILL FOR GETTING PERMISSION TO ESTABLISH A RICE MILL IN THE THICKLY RESIDENTIAL AREA OF MANOJULI, DHEKIAJULI. BUT THE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER OF DHEKIAJULI MUNCIPALITY BOARD DID NOT FURNISHED THE INFORMATION TO THE RTI APPLICANT IN THE STIPULATED TIME PERIOD. THEREFORE THE RTI APPLICANT FILED AN APPLICATION TO THE STATE
Gujarat Information Commission has change the Location New Address is below:
GUJARAT INFORMATION COMMISSION,
State Level Offices Block No. 1 Second Floor, Sector-10 A, Gandhinagar-382010
TEL : +91 79 232 52706, 52966, Fax No: 52829
Web Site : htpp://gic.gujarat.gov.in
Names/Designations of the Public Information Officer & Appellate Officer
Public Relations Officer & Section Officer
Name: Mr. J. A. Saiyad
Phone No. 079-232-
We must know our Hon'ble Member of Parliament daily routine. But unfortunately, you may not get that information from MP Office. They do not come under Right to Information Act.
But yes, you can get the details of the work Member of Parliament has undertaken by various means. Here are few:
1. Request General Administrative Department of the State Government to give you all the correspondence an MP has written to State Government for his constituency related work. You can get the reply
In Nagpur (Maharashtra), one pre-primary i.e. Nursery to KG-II convent is started in residential area of Nagpur Improvement Trust which later on upgraded up-to 5 th standered. Now this school named Shishuspandan Convent is now become school from nursery to 5 th std. This school has only four class rooms without sufficient ventilation, no sufficient play ground, no emergency existence etc . In short this school is not as per the norms. This school cum residence has common wall with
Haryana Govt has amended RTI rules from 18-03-2016 and revised rules are as under:
HARYANA RIGHT TO INFORMATION RULES 2009 AMEDNDED 2016
[2005 rules replaced by 2009 on 21-12-2009 effective from 01-01-2010]
[Again amended on 18-03-2016 –filing fee reduced to Rs.10/-, CD Rs.50 and inspection first hour free and thereafter Rs.5/- per hour or part thereof beyond first hour]
The rules provide for a format for application under RTI Act called Form-A, which
Dear Learned Members,
Kindly help me draft a RTI on the following matter:-
There's a culvert situated near a railway crossing and it is in a dilapidated condition in my town, the culvert causes immense traffic jams during railway crossing as it was built 3-4 decades ago, the width is not idle to bear the heavy traffic of present day. Everyday there's a risk of fatal mishap owing to the jams.
Few days back I met the Engineer in Charge (PWD) of the area, questioning him the reason fo
A Reserve Bank of India was not replying to me for 6 months. I sent him the enclosed decision of Delhi High Court , on damages on Govt. Officials for inaction, and the reply came in 1 day.
We should circulate this decision widely to all members so that all can take advantage of this decision.
I wish all the members of this community a very happy and prosperous new year 2016.
Although I am appearing before you after a long gap due to some personal problems but ultimately I realized the implementation and efforts for saving the golden law is very much essential from our side. So, on this new year 2016; I hope, expect and trust that we will fight against the forces who were adamant to snatch the golden law from citizenry. Let us pledge to work hard to propagate the RTI Act.
The general idea centres around the proposition that it is the responsibility of PIO to get the opinion of Competent Authority/Public Authority so as to satisfy the requirement of disclosure of information in larger public interest or if the disclosure outweighs harm to the protected information. If the issue is so simple, then it is plain that a PIO on his own volition has to make out a case for disclosure on behalf of the applicant and the applicant is relieved of his duty to plead his case w
Senior activists may please clarify: Nationalized and scheduled Banks in India are members of the Indian Banks Association. The Dearness Relief payable to employees of the member Banks including the Pensioners are notified by IBA to member Banks. Can the IBA decline to provide details of Dearness Relief intimated over the past twenty years on the Ground that IBA is not a public authority as defined in the Act. Regards
I have asked following information from BMC and reply received after 66 days are attached with this.
1. Scale of pay for BMC school teacher as per 5th and 6th pay commission with copy of settlemet.
2. Arrears of payment dues for BMC staff joined as school teacher in 1991 with basic salary of Rs. 1090.00 and in May 2015 Rs. 16020.00 ( with break-up).
3. Reason for delay in payment of arrears to the staff ( action Likely to be taken against concerned official)
Thanks to RTI …..everyone for their support and guidance to file second appeal to Central information commission.
CIC fixed the date for hearing. Please give some suggestions and advise which can help me to defend my position.
First time I am going to attain the CIC Hearing. So I have no idea about allowable time frame to defend my position and what are point I need to first place.
Please guide me.
In the aforesaid circumstances, the remedy lies in setting in motion the Appellate Process/Supervisory Jurisdiction of the Information Commission as prescribed under the Act. In order to corroborate the authenticity of documents supplied, if there is a reason to doubt, the applicant may file another query with the PIO requesting inspection of the relevant documents so as to gauge the efficacy of his apprehension regarding the supplied documents being false or misleading. This will help the queri
The expression ‘public authority’ has been defined u/s 2 (h) of the RTI Act but the word ‘authority’ has not been defined under the said Act. In fact, the word ‘authority’ has not been defined under any law for the time being in force.
Therefore, the word ‘authority’ requires to be construed as per the rulings of constitutional courts. It may be apt to mention that in Som Prakash Rekhi vs. Union of India (1981) 1 SCC 449, the Supreme Court observed as follows:-
“27. Control by Government of th
RTI Second Appeal: How Central & State Information Commissioners (CIC / SIC) screw it up
Appellants have come to accept some of the below-mentioned ways of dealing with 2nd Appeals as legitimate, as the entire system is not working. But these are really instances of dereliction of duty by CICs and SICs, whose duties are defined in not only Sections 18, 19 and 20, but also in the entire RTI Act! They are paid fat salaries and given huge privileges to uphold RTI Act in its entirety, and no
To my knowledge, this is one of the best judgments favouring applicants stating that FAA as quasi judicial authority must give property of personal hearing as a mandate when the issue is connected with Civil Consequences. In one of SA's CIC decision, Hon'ble IC quoted this judgment and declared that FAA ordering without giving opportunity of personal hearing makes the orders illegal and Void ab initio. Several letters and RTI applications were made to DOPT RTI cell, and they have rejected the
Inspired by your article, I am submitting you a brief, and documents for your kind perusal and opinion to file
the writ petition in Delhi High Court for the inaction of the information commissioner, central information commissioner under RTI Act. Hopefully after having study you shall revert back to me with your opinion.
The relevant Point for consideration to challenge the orders of the Sh. Y.K. Sinha, Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission by filling the writ petition un
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.
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