We started out on our journey as republic with divisive politics. In fact, the malady is inextricably ingrained in the very system of our governance. It was for his successively leading the Congress Party to the winning post in all the general elections fought under his leadership on the strength of solid Muslim votes assiduously cultivated, fostered and nourished by him, that India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru earned the tag: “The First Muslim Prime Minister of India.”
WORK CULTURE DIFFERES BECAUSE THE SYSTEM DIFFERS
Recently the issue of frisking and detention of Shah Rukh Khan at the Newark airport in New Jersey for two hours sparked so much outrage in the country that even Information & Broadcasting Minister Ambik
In a R.T.I. Case the P.I.O of the Tis Hazari Courts, refused to supply the certified copies of “suit files and suit records” of a certain judge for the period from26-02-93 to 31-03-93 to one Mr. Vinay Kumar, the Info. Seeker on the grounds that the information/ records may be sought via the processes prescribed under the Evidence Act instead of those under the R.T.I.Act. The Information Commissioner, Shailesh Gandhi, however, trashed the contention of the P.I.O. Deciding in favour of the Inf
CIC Decision No. CIC/AT/A/2009/00378 Dt/ 26-06-2009- WHAT YOU SAY?
It is surprising that the I.C should demonstrate his total ignorance of a basic well settled law that stipulates that as soon as an article is given to the appropriate postal authority to be delivered to a particular addressee it becomes the property of the concerned addressee, pro-tempore held in trust by the postal authority on behalf of the custodian –addressee, till it is delivered to him. Or was he fe
CGHS- A FLAWED HEALTH SCHEME -SANJOG MAHESHWARI
The healthcare and medical facilities provided under the banner of Central Government Health Scheme (C.G.H.S) suffer from several anomalies, inadequacies, and discriminatory provisions. While Right to Healthcare and Medical Facilities should be seen as an integral facet of the right to life equally for all, irrespective of the individual’s status, the big babus have ensured that hassle-free world class heal
DISTURBING DOUBLE STANDARD
While autonomous bodies such as Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) with its country-wide jumbo network of Laboratories and sub-laboratories, hundred percent financed and funded by the Central Government, may be correctly or incorrectly, perceived as white elephants, it should not certainly be the hidden excuse fo
Perhaps there is lack of clarity about this serious issue which I propose to dispel through this discussion thrown open for consideration and full-throated comments from every quarter: As the Amendment to the Act is reported to be on the anvil, the enlightened citizenry should suggest ways and means to make it as fool-proof as possible.
1. Informed citizenry and transparency in governance form the bedrock not only for controlling corruption in administration but also to ensure its proper
Complaint case No. CIC/AT/A/2008/00247 u/s 18 of the RTI Act. disposed of by the Information Commissioner Mr. A.N.Tiwari.
1. Complaint u/s 18 (e) of the R.T.I.Act was misconstrued as 2nd Appeal u/s 19(3) of the Act by the I.C., who could not make out the difference between the two in spite of the inscription: “ COMPLAINT UNDER THE R.T.I. ACT-2008” in the bold letters at the top of the document - Complaint dated 12-10-2007-
2. A very simple case in which the I.C
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REF: Your No.FK/FB/CIC-ANT/2009/143 dt. 16-06-09 recd. on26-06-09.
At the outset, my heartfelt congrats. on organizing National Award Ceremony 2009. Grateful to you for affording me an opportunity to offer my views on
Media, Judiciary and The Laws aimed at People’s Empowerment..
Thanks to the Media-shyness of judiciary many cases, in which judicial pronouncements and decisions lay down principled and lawful guidelines for the Govt. agencies to follow in all similar matters, never see the light of the day as the case files gather dust in the dusty confines of the Courts’ record rooms
Though the third world war is certainly not going to be fought over the parking space- “water” being far more a serious contender- the already severely limited parking space in almost all the Metropolises, getting increasingly shrunk by the day, is sure going to cause nightmares to the harried citizens. Add to it the severely congested roads used by incessantly tensed drivers with frayed tempers, shouting and fighting all through the way to their destination and you get the big picture. The fa
The Thread posted by me at the forum “General Discussions” on 05-04-09 ‘ RTI Act should be enabled…………….its smooth conduct’ has REPORTED 51 views. However, no response to it till date could be indicative of lack of clarity about this serious issue which I propose to dispel through this blog entry which is thrown open for consideration and full-throated comments from every quarter:
1. Informed citizenry and transparency in governance form the bedrock not only for controlling corruption in a
- WHO THE NEXT P.M.?-
The general elections are on us. While as of now, BJP is having a clear edge over the Congress Party- its nearest or rather only -rival in the electoral race, the party will be well advised not to let its guards down as the latter has unfailingly demonstrated its
SUPER SENIOR CITIZENS
There should be a standard uniformly applicable definition of senior citizens. Apart from this there should also be a separate category for some citizens who are still more advanced in age say the males 75 and above and the females 70 and above who expect a little bit more compassion and consideration from the State and the society - a few extra
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R.T.I. cases go nowhere
- SANJOG MAHESHWARI
That which is good enough for us is that which is not too bad. It is good enough for us th
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RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT-2005 DOES IT EMPOWER PEOPLE?
While Article 19 (1)(a) of the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression to every citizen as his Fundamental Right, the fact remains that the people cannot effectively exercise this right unless they know. As early as in 1976, the Apex Court made an observation to this effect in the case of Raj Narain versus State of U.
I stand by my statement. May be the N.G.Os. the activists, the mighty and the powerful getting the information/documents they want by agitating the Act. The common information seeker is rarely, if ever, gets so lucky. Out of the seven such cases that have come to my notice not a single applicant was lucky enough to get the requested information/documents, correct and complete in all respects. What he gains in the bargain is : the wrath and fury of the mighty Public authority and harassed for his
CIC ORDER in Case No. CIC/ AT/A/2007/ 01177 dt. 19-02-2008
The I.C. instead of directing the Respondents to provide the requested documents/information to the Appellant, shifts the onus on to the latter
For reasons best known to the concerned authorities, the order in the case is also not available on the CIC website of the Net for public viewing. –SANJOG MAHESHWARI
CIC ORDER in Case No. CIC/ AT/A/2007/ 01177 dt. 19-02-2008
Without verifying the facts and according unjustified credence to the factually false oral statement made by the Respondents, who took undue advantage of the absence of the Appellant in the hearing, the I.C. instead of forcing the Respondents to provide the requested documents/information to the Appellant, shifts the onus on to the latter by requiring him to provide to the former unspecified documents which simply do
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RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT-2005-WHY IT FAILS TO DELIVER?
While Article 19 (1)(a) of the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression to every citizen as his Fundamental Right, the fact remains that the people cannot effectively exercise this right unless they know. In a democratic polity, it is the people who are the masters and as such must be in the know of various issues
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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.
Third_Addendum to Additional Submission for RTI Second Appeal_2nd_March_2020.pdf
From_SEBI_Written Submiissions - Murugappa Krishnan 139953.pdf
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.
New Delhi: Delhi High Court has ruled that vehicles of India’s top constitutional authorities like the President, the Vice President, Governors and Lieutenant Governors will have to be registered with the authority. According to the ruling, all vehicles need to clearly display the registration numbers. A petition, filed by an NGO Nyayabhoomi, claimed that the practice of displaying the state emblem, instead of the registration numbers, make the dignitaries become easy targets for terrorists and anyone with malicious intent.
In December last year, the Delhi High Court had asked the Centre and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in the national capital to place before it the rules regarding display of just the State Emblem of India on the cars of the constitutional authorities and dignitaries, such as the President, instead of their registration numbers, PTI had reported.
The petitioner also sought direction to the Delhi government and Delhi Police to seize the cars used by the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Vice President, Raj Niwas and Protocol division of the Ministry of External Affairs for not being registered under the Motor Vehicles Act, PTI reported.
After the petition was filed, a bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar had directed both the governments to check the position and inform it about the same.
The plea was based on an RTI response by the Ministry of External Affairs which stated that none of its 14 cars maintained were registered.
Last year, the Rashtrapati Bhawan had refused to provide the registration numbers of all the presidential vehicles on the ground that disclosure of such information would endanger the security of the state and life of the President.