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Any Thing Pending With Govt?

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jps50

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HOW CAN YOU BE BENEFITTED?

 

If your ordinary application is long pending with any government dept/office or you are not getting satisfactory replies/action, or bribe is being demanded, you can lodge application under this act and ask the following questions/information:

 

A] Please inform me the present status of my application dated ______photocopy of which is enclosed herewith?

 

B] Give me the names, designations, place of present posting of officers/employees who have handled my said application with details of date of receipt and date of final action by the concerned person; from date of receipt of said application by the dept/office to date of your reply.

 

C] Details of all file notings on the said application be made known to me.

 

D] Inform me details of action taken by the department against officers/employees for not properly disposing of my application within stipulated time limit. If no action is taken, reasons thereof be intimated to me. I should also be informed monthly progress of action that would be taken against erring officers/employees of the department in future.

 

E] Up to what date action on my said application will be taken as per rules and laws applicable.

 

In all probabilities your work will be done urgently, if it is within rules and laws.

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I am told that according to the provisions of the RTI Act, the PIO need not answer a question that begins with a Why. Is this information correct? In that case the first question (Why is the present status....) would not be answerd. It could be framed in a different way though, like "What are the reasons for ....." etc.

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as per Sec 2 (f) of the RTI act which defines information "information" means any material in any form, including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force"

 

hence information includes the "why" aspect of the question if it is any form (written or in electronic form). but the personal opinions are not to be given in public capacity and hence most questions relating to opinions are not answered under RTI Act. it does not matter whether the question strats with 'why' or "what are the reasons"

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Even if it is so, reframe the query as "pl inform me reasons held on record and copy of such records which contains reasons for not............" I think we can obtain opinions obtained by PA in writing from professional consultants or other depts. We cannot have personal opinion of officers which are not on record.

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