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rangaphy9

subsidised food in research organisations. Is it necessary ?

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rangaphy9

How to file RTI regarding subsidised food in Research organisations? Research institutions contains Scientists and Staff who have very good central govt salaries. Why should they be given subsidy in food in canteen. I want to file RTI regarding this. Please guide. The following questions prepared by me.

Please Provide following information under RTI Act relating to food expenses in institutions under DST and also in DST head office.

 

1. Whether there is provision of subsidised food in DST and in the institutes under its control. If Yes, please provide related guidelines and rules.

 

2. The reasons for provision of subsidised food in these institutions.

 

3. Please provide the annual expenses for food and related matters for the past five years. Along with total no.of employees and employees below poverty line. Or whose salary below 20,000.

S.No. Ann

4. Will this subsidy applicable to all employees? If yes, please provide the reasons for not curtailing the subsidies for these employees?

5. Whether there is canteen facility in each institution , whether it is subsidised. If yes, please provide the annual budget provided by the institution for maintaining this facility.

6. If the query related to some other public authority please transfer this RTI application under section 6(3)?

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MANOJ B. PATEL

Dear member,

You have drafted good RTI application. I think nothing more to be added.

Moreover, kindly refer to following link for guidance in drafting good RTI application.

 

GOOD RTI

 

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Prasad GLN

A citizen can not ask why and reasons for such discretionary actions of a Public Authority. It is not to compare the higher salaries within the country, and for international standards, they are entitled for better pay and emoluments . The PM attended Parliament canteen and bill paid as required for all others (Subsidized). One can not seek information as to why PM was served with subsidized foods, and perks and other emoluments are fixed by Govt., and nothing to do with RTI Act. The subsidized canteen should not be seen only in the angle of cheap price, it is the quality and nutritional value and standards to be maintained for food is main concern. Their values are precious for the country, and their well being helps to countrymen.

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MANOJ B. PATEL

With due respect, sir, simply because application is in question form, PIO can not deny on that ground alone if that information is available in their records as per CIC decision.

However, learned seniors in forum always advised to avoid controversial issue and always avoid questions/queries in RTI application and start with " Please provide following information from record".

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Prasad GLN

Questioning actions and discretionary powers is different from question form of seeking information through RTI Application.

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rangaphy9

@gln prasad true sir, it should not be looked from the angle of price provided those people work like service point of view, like army. However most of the scientists will have the attitude of job and their salaries are on par with IAS officers. I am telling from my experience. Anyway I am going ahead of filing RTI. I need some more questions. The ultimate of Aim of RTI is accountability to citizens, which is missing in scientific field.

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RAVEENA_O

The subsidy for the staff canteen is met from the Staff Welfare / Benefit fund. Staff Welfare/Benefit fund is derived as a specific percent of the budget allocation of each ministry/department/Admn unit, engaged in such scientific or technical research etc, say 0.01%. The amount is proportionately granted to each Admn unit based on staff strength. In order to reach the benefits uniformly to all staff right from top administrators to the last grade employee, subsidized canteen is financed from such funds. In addition, such funds are also used to run clubs and community centers for the benefit of staff.

 

Moreover, this is one of the perks attached to the staff of such production, scientific and technological organisations and these facilities are more uniformly enjoyed by all categories of employees.

 

Running such staff canteens in units where there are concentration of workers is a statutory obligation of the Government.

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