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Transparency officer

garg0505 J Posted 12 hours ago On appointment of transparency officer I obtained this information from RTI foundation web ite in this regard a circular was also issued by DOPT.                  In the W.P.(C)3327/2012 (Union of India V. Central Information Commissioner and Ors.), Hon'ble Mr. Justice V.K. Jain has dismissed the writ petition. The bench observed “No one was present for the petitioner on the last date of hearing.  No one is present for the petitioner today. The writ petition is dismissed in default and for non-prosecution” Following the rejection of the petition, the seven member bench order for the appointment of the “Transparency officer” now comes into force. Earlier, the Secretary, Central Information Commission had issued an order for the implementation of the CIC order.       Central Information Commission August Kranti Bhawan Bhikaji Cama Place New Delhi-110 066 Date: 09-12-2010   Subject : 1. Roles of CPIO and Transparency Officer (TO) 2. Level of Transparency Officer (TO) 3. Job Chart of Transparency Officer (TO)   Reference: D.O.No.CIC/AT/D/10/000111 dated 15.11.2010 Apropos the subject and reference cited, certain public authorities have requested clarification regarding the roles of the Transparency Officer (T.O.) vis-à-vis the CPIO, and the level of the Transparency Officer.  2. It is clarified that the institution of Transparency Officer is in fact an administrative arrangement for promotion of institutional transparency within the public authority through proactive and effective implementation of the provisions of Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005. These include effective record management, digitization of records, networking and incremental proactive disclosures.  3. The CPIO and the Appellate Authority, on the other hand, are parts of the RTI-regime and, in that sense, are statutory officers under the RTI Act. Their functions shall be as defined in Sections 7 and 19(1) of the Act respectively.  4. Within the public authority, a CPIO will be free to seek guidance from the Transparency Officer about disclosure-norms ⎯ both in its general and specific aspects. 5. The level of Transparency Officer, in any public authority, may vary depending on the availability of personnel of a requisite level. However, to be effective, a Transparency Officer should be of sufficiently high seniority in the organization, having uninterrupted and free access to the head of the public authority. He should also be able to effectively communicate and liaise with Divisional Heads of the public authority.  It is, therefore, desirable that T.O. is either No.2 or No.3 behind the head of the organization, in the official hierarchy.  6. Job Chart of Transparency Officer  Transparency Officer (TO) shall be the main centre of all actions connected with promotion of institutional transparency commensurate with the letter and spirit of the RTI Act. In performing this role, the TO shall:  i. Act as the interface for the Commission vis-à-vis the public authority on the one hand, and on the other vis-à-vis the public authority and the general public/information seeker.  ii. Engage continuously, in implementing the Commission’s directive dated 15.11.2010 regarding pro-active disclosures under section -4 of RTI Act, vis-à-vis the public authority concerned.  iii. Regularly monitor decisions of the Central Information Commission (http://cic.gov.in) with a view to identify areas of openness both generic and specific as a result of such decisions.  Ensure that all levels of employees of the public authority are sensitized about these decisions and their implications.  Be responsible for issuing advisories, to officers/staff about need for sensitivity to institutional transparency and act as a change agent.  Be responsible for sensitizing the officers/staff that the time limit stipulated in the RTI Act are outer limit for matters raised under RTI Act and officers/staff are required to be mentally tuned to disclose all informations, predetermined as open, within the shortest possible time on receiving request.  iv. Be the contact point for the CPIO/FAA/Divisional Heads in respect of all RTI related matters of the Organisation. He will be the clearing house in all matters about making transparency the central point of organizational behaviour.  v. Constantly remain in touch with the top management in the public authority about the strategy and the action to promote transparency within the organisation.  Promote good management practices with the organisation centered on transparency.  vi. Devise transparency indices for various wings of the public authority in order to introduce healthy competition in promoting transparency.   vii. Help set up facilitation centres within the premises of the public authority, where members of the public can file their requests for disclosure of specific information and can inspect the records and documents etc.  viii. Work out, in consultation with the departmental officers, the parameters of record management- its classification and indexing, plan of action for digitization of documents and records, networking etc and oversee and help implement the functions laid down in section 4 (1) (a) and 4 (1) (b) of the RTI Act.  ix. Prepare information matrix based on analysis of RTI applications filed before the public authority and response thereof and, suggest to the top management the need for process reengineering, wherever necessary, as well as work out modalities of suo motu disclosure of such information.  x. Be responsible for creating condition(s) in the organisation to establish an information regime, where transparency/disclosure norms are so robust that the public is required to have only the minimum resort to the use RTI Act to access information.   xi. Be responsible for operating a user-friendly website for various information relating to the public authority concerned, including inter alia search option.  xii. With the help of the appropriate wing of the public authority, set-up arrangements for training of the personnel to promote among them higher transparency orientation away from intuitive reflex towards secrecy, now common.  xiii. Establish dialogue with the top management and key officials of the public authority regarding prevention of unnecessary confidentiality classification of documents and records under the Official Secrets Act and to check over classification.   (B.B. SRIVASTAVA) Secretary  Share your comments with RTI Foundation of India. 

Read more at:http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/would-public-authority-appoint-“transparency-offic#.W0d65OHhU0N

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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 also to enable him to take recourse against the adverse remarks which are appearing in his confidential reports. Therefore, after going through the masked (hidden) portion of the APAR, the court observed: “We do not find anything in the report of the Reporting Officer to be sensitive or which could prejudicially affect the scientific or economic interest of the...   Read more at: Bombay HC Upholds CIC Order Directing UoI To Furnish BARC Employee’s Annual Appraisal Report | Live Law

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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 usage, and later illegally withdrew money from the people's accounts. Sadly, this is not a lone incident. Similar incidents have been reported from some other parts of the country as well. There have been several cases of ATM and mobile frauds in the past also, and with a surge in digital transactions via E-wallets and other online payment gateways, even mobile frauds are expected to grow massively in the near future, according to experts. So, what to do and how to keep your money safe in such circumstances? Experts say that it is difficult to keep anyone 100 per cent safe from such frauds. However, still some precautions may be taken to reduce the chances of frauds. Here we suggest some protective measures to keep your money safe: 1) Precautions In Case Of Debit And Credit Cards: Set an unpredictable PIN and protect it: The PIN of your credit or debit card should not be easily guessable. So, avoid using your date of birth, wedding anniversary, etc. to increase privacy. Come up with a unique combination of numbers and memorize it. ?Don't write it down anywhere except a location which you think is secure. Changing the PIN from time to time is recommended to add further security. While using your cards at ATMs or stores, make sure you are not being shoulder surfed,? says Adhil Shetty, CEO, BankBazaar. Create a strong password: While setting your password online, remember to use a long combination of alphabets, numbers, alphanumeric and special characters with upper and lower case. Avoid using your name, surname, your spouse?s name etc. or anything easily guessable and words that are found in the dictionary to reduce predictability. You could even try misspelling words to create a strong password. Two-factor authentication is a must: For online transactions, a two-factor authentication ensures notification on your registered phone number each time your card is in use. A one-time security password is generated and sent to your phone, which needs to be keyed in order to complete a transaction. ?For PoS machines with merchants, you need to authenticate your transaction with your four-digit PIN, thus securing your transactions. This helps in preventing misuse of identity. If you receive any texts or notifications on your phone without trying to log in, you must immediately notify the bank,? says Shetty. Swipe carefully: Watch out for scammers at ATMs and shopping outlets, as your financial information could get stolen while your card is in use at a bugged point-of-sale machine or an ATM. As the process only takes a few seconds, it often goes unnoticed by the card-holder. Make sure you use your cards at secure outlets and ATMs. The old cards which come with magnetic strip are riskier than the ones with chips, as they can be easily duplicated and used for illegal transactions. So if you are still holding on to the old ones, it?s time you switched. Beware of malware: Considering that your electronic device is a gateway to your banking account, be careful about the items you download and install, as a mistakenly clicked malware link could potentially spy on you and steal your personal data. Before you click on any link that pops up on your device, make sure it is an authentic one. ?Download items only from legitimate websites and app market places. Also, keep your operating system updated and anti-virus up-to-date to fight digital vulnerabilities. If you log on to your bank account from a public computer, try using the virtual keyboard in order to thwart keyloggers that may be installed on devices to steal keyboard inputs for logins and passwords,? says Shetty. Beware of phishing attacks: Phishing or stealing of sensitive information through fraudulent emails or phone calls are often used to find out passwords and other account details of a customer, which are then used to make unauthorized purchases or money transfers. Avoid responding to calls and emails from unconfirmed sources to prevent leakage of personal information. © image Be careful how you dispose of documents: Your old bank statements, credit card bills and insurance premium details can land in wrong hands if not disposed of the right way. It can lead to stealing of personal financial information and illegal transactions. You must shred any such documents once you are done using them to avoid identity theft. 2) Precautions In Case Of E-Wallets Phone Safety: E-wallets turn your phone into money-carrying devices. This means that you must keep your phone in a safe place and be aware of its location at all times. ?The device must have a screen lock and any other safety feature supported by its hardware, such as a thumb print recognition system. This would be an immediate deterrent to anyone who wants to unlock your phone to see its contents,? informs Shetty. Password Strength: For all your online financial service apps for netbanking, trading, or e-wallets, you must enable a strong and complex password. This would be your second line of defense in case someone manages to unlock your phone and access your apps. Low Balance: It is wise for you to maintain a low balance in your E-wallet. As, in case your phone gets unlocked by miscreants, they won?t have a large balance to transfer from your account. Log Out: After using your financial apps, remember to exit them by using the logout function. This will prevent their misuse. Check Transaction Twice: You may have a two-factor authentication while using netbanking or plastic money. However, E-wallets work as a pre-paid balance and there?s no confirmation screen or password prompts when you try to transact. Once you input the details of the payee and hit the ?submit? button, the money is sent instantly. So check the payee details and the amount you?re spending twice before you release the money. Install App Locks: Specific apps can be password-protected through app locks. These app locks are available on the designated app stores for Android and iOS. Beware of Malware: Only install apps from designated app stores for your device. Avoid the urge to download and install applications from the web. This way, you would reduce your risk of getting a malware infection on your device which could lead to data theft. Source link: MSN India | Hotmail, Outlook, Skype, news, photos & videos

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