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Can I ask for information by applying for a copy of the order by which the chief Minister of my State was assigned a house plot in which he had built a post house?
The right to development in a way has been strengthened by the Right to Information Act. This act, enacted by our government, is one of the strongest such legislations in the world. It is also an essential tool of democratic participation, through which the boundaries of the â€œrights approachâ€ to development can be further extended. It brings in transparency and accountability into the development process. The combination of the National Rural Employment Guarantee and the RTI Acts provides a very potent base for expanding the rights of citizens vis-Ã -vis the state in ensuring equity and social justice. This is particularly relevant for the poor and vulnerable.
On the occasion of the National Legal Literacy Day, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh addressed the National Colloquium on Poverty Alleviation, Food Security and Right to Development organized by the National Legal Services Authority
New Delhi, December 26: In an unprecedented order, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Post Master General of Delhi to appear and explain the reasons for growing number of complaints with regard to undelivered UPC (under postal certificate) mail.
Seeking appearance of Post Master General on February 19, 2007, Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said, â€œhe be asked to explain why correspondence sent under priority of UPC remains undelivered or establish that in fact there is no misplacing of such mail.â€
The Commission issued the order on an appeal by one Jagdish Ambedkar under the Right to Information (RTI) Act against the Supreme Court of India which contended that it never received any such application.
The officials representing the apex court in their reply, informed the Commission by saying â€œ...had the application in question would have been received, he (applicant) would have been informed accordingly.â€ Taking the reply into account, Commissioner Habibullah observed that such complaints regarding the non-delivery of UPC mail were rising and corrective action was required. â€œThis has become necessary because we in this Commission have been receiving a series of complaints of UPC mail not being delivered to the destination for which it is meant,â€ he said.
The Commission rejected the departmentâ€™s contention that addresses written on such undelivered mail were vague.
Post Master General told to explain non-delivery of UPC mail
The BBC has been ordered to publish secret documents that will reveal why its governors apologized to the government over broadcasting that ministers exaggerated the claim over Iraq's weapons before the 2003 war, a press report said on Wednesday.
In a landmark ruling Tuesday, the freedom of information tribunal ruled the corporation should publish confidential minutes of a governors' meeting held after the BBC was criticized in a 2004 report on the death of former Iraq arms inspector David Kelly.
Following the meeting, the governor issued an apology to Prime Minister Tony Blair's office that led to the resignation of BBC director general Greg Dykes, who said it was 'abject, embarrassing and unjustified'.
The minutes are expected to show which governors voted to force out Dykes and why and who on the board sanctioned the controversial apology.
The inquiry into Kelly's death chaired by former judge Lord Hutton confirmed that the former arms inspector was the source of a disputed BBC report that claimed ministers exaggerated Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction to justify the Iraq war.
But in his report, Hutton exonerated the government of any wrong- doings and criticized the quality of the BBC's reporting on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which led to a row between Blair's office and the state-funded broadcaster.
According to the Guardian newspaper, which led the application for the minutes to be published under Britain's Freedom of Information Act, the BBC has resisted in disclosing the confidential documents for more than two years.
The BBC was said to have argued that minutes of all governors' meetings should remain secret as the governors would feel afraid of expressing their real opinions if they knew that these accounts would be published.
But the tribunal agreed with the Guardian's argument that the governors' meeting after the Hutton report was a 'unique and highly unusual' event in the BBC's history.
In response to the ruling, the BBC said it was considering its options on whether to hand over the documents as ordered, within 28 days, or try to overturn the verdict at the high court.
BBC told to publish why governors apologized over Iraq report - Irna
[This is a case of "right to privacy vs right to know"--Ganpat]
In a path-breaking order on the Right to Information (RTI), the State Information Commission asked the Public Information Officer (PIO) of JJ Hospital to give all medical reports, including ECG pertaining to his hospitalisation, along those made at the time of discharge within seven days.
The appeal was filed by city activist Shailesh Gandhi seeking medical records of former state forest minister Surupsinh Naik. The order held that larger public interest would be served by disclosure of information rather than creating doubts in the public mind.
The full Bench consisting of Chief Information Commissioner Suresh Joshi, Vilas Patil (Nagpur), Vilas Borge (Aurangabad) and VV Kuwalekar (Pune) argued that the case had contradictory points - right to privacy vis-Ã -vis right to know, which need to be weighed to arrive at the decision. â€œPeople feel that those in high places or have money power when imprisoned get shifted to hospitals under one pretext or the other and spend their jail term in the hospitals. However, there could be genuine requirement also for the imprisoned person for specialised medical supervisionâ€, reads the order.
The Bench said disclosure of such information would remove the veil of secrecy and let people know the actual position and would do justice to everyone - jail and medical authorities. Incidentally, Naik failed to respond when the JJ Hospital authorities asked for his consent to disclose his medical records. The Bench took the legal support of section 8 (j) of the RTI Act, provisions of which contemplates that the information which could be revealed to State Legislature, cannot be denied to the public. When the PIO of the hospital admitted that the pertaining information could be denied to the Legislature, the Bench held that it would be unjustified to deny the same to the activist.
Responding to the order, Pravin Shingare, dean, JJ Hospital said, â€œI have not received any court order so far. Once I receive it, I will read it and act accordingly.â€ Explaining the hospitalâ€™s stand on the issue, he said, â€œEarlier, I told the commission that unless the patient gives his consent or permission to reveal his personal medical records, we cannot do the same. If a patientâ€™s medical data is asked by a stranger, we cannot give the details as it is classified information,â€ said Shingare.
After a nine-month fight, Shailesh was happy to get a positive reply though he questioned the earlier stand of the JJ dean giving reasons for rejecting the information, which had to be given by the PIO. â€œIâ€™m against making personal medical records of people made public. But this case was about a convict, spending his jail term in hospital and thus involves larger public interest,â€ said the activist.
Chief Information Commissioner Suresh Joshi admitted that the complex and sensitive nature was main reason for the delay in issuing the order. â€œWe believe that the records coming in the public domain would do good for everyone, including Naik.â€
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