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Bihar Human Rights Commission issues notice to Nitish Government

as reported in New Kerala -ANI

 

Patna, May 7 : The Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) has issued notice to the Nitish Kumar led Government on an issue related to amending the rules of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

 

The BHRC has asked the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) Principal Secretary to appear before it on May 18.

 

A division bench of the Commission, comprising its chairman Justice S N Jha and Justice Rajendra Prasad sent the notice on Thursday after it prima facie found the second provision to Rule 3 (2) (ii) of the Bihar Right to Information Rules 2006.

 

The Bihar State RTI Act was amended by a notification on November 19, 2009.

 

The Act was in conflict with the corresponding provision of the Centre's RTI Act.

 

As per the amendment in the Bihar Right to Information Rules, information can be supplied to persons belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) free of cost up to ten pages and for additional pages fee was payable as per rules.

 

There is no ceiling on the number of pages in the RTI Act.

 

Bihar Human Rights Commission issues notice to Nitish Government .:. newkerala.com Online News - 103579

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karira

Just wondering how did the Human Rights Commission get into the issue ?

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Atul Patankar

It seems someone has argued that the Right to Information is a basic human right - and getting information free of cost is a basic human right of BPL people. And the amendment capping information to BPL applicants to 10 pages is a denial of human right.

 

So next time someone in Bihar does not get info in time, he shall make first appeal, move consumer court AND complain to Human Right Commission - and then may be SIC will find the application frivolous, while HRC will jail the PIO and consumer court say that as the BPL applicant has not paid any sum, he is not a consumer!

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jps50

It will be interesting to see how RTI is covered by human rights. It will open third avenue to agitate our RTI. More the merrier.

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sidmis

The new game of the season is turf war. Every statutory body now wants to expand it ambit by any dubious means.

 

I can anticipate many other scenarios.

 

A woman info seeker can move to NCW or State Women Commission with an allegation of harassment if not satisfied with the response of the PIO/Commission.

 

Another info seeker from Schedule Tribe can go to the NCST with a complaint of atrocity.

 

Info seeker from a minority community may seek the intervention of National commission for Minorities.

 

The list goes on and on.

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Atul Patankar
The new game of the season is turf war.

 

Yeah, thats it. And great bureaucrats all, they can't resist it. Old habits die hard

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smbhappy

Bihar was always a low on the human values. The value of life, and that of a down under is like mere a insect. Why so many Biharis are out in other states to look for livelihood? State failed to provide even the basic amenities. No development. All curse.

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s.kumar_ecr
Bihar was always a low on the human values. The value of life, and that of a down under is like mere a insect. Why so many Biharis are out in other states to look for livelihood? State failed to provide even the basic amenities. No development. All curse.

 

This is not correct interpretation on Bihar.Anybody can move anywhere for livelihood and that does not mean one is low on the human values.Can we say Punjabi living in Bihar for business i.e. for livelihood have low human value? If we study more on Bihar,misinterpretion what is being done casually would be changed.

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s.kumar_ecr

I think it depends on all interpretation .If case related to different commissions and also fall under their jurisdiction so nothing is dubious.As we know departmental inquiry can be done by department concern even if the matte is pending before the court.It is also recently held by supreme court.Does it mean supreme court's order is dubious?

Without knowing the fact and circumstances,only we have to wait for outcome.Let us see what Nitish govt.now react the situation and what outcome will come out.what if IC gives the biased decision on some cases after long delay of hearing ?

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jps50

I quote:

 

-Access to government information is a human right, according to a commentary issued in July, 2011 by the United Nations' Human Rights Committee. The comment is the most comprehensive statement to date embracing freedom of information as integral to human rights under international law.

 

-The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948, assures, by Article 19, everyone the right, 'to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media, regardless of frontiers'.

 

-This right traces its origin since 1948 March, when the United Nations convened a conference in Geneva on the subject matter of Freedom of information that was attended by 54 countries which ultimately led the General Assembly of United Nations to declare the freedom of information a fundamental human right, and declaration was made on December 10, 1948. In 1960, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations adopted a Declaration of Freedom of Information

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smbhappy

As per UN Charter, there are 30 underlying principals for human rights:

 

LEARN YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS

1. We Are All Born Free and Equal

2. Don’t Discriminate

3. The Right to Life

4. No Slavery

5. No Torture

6. You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go

7. We’re All Equal Before the Law

8. Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law

9. No Unfair Detainment

10. The Right to Trial

11. We’re Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty

12. The Right to Privacy

13. Freedom to Move

14. The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live

15. Right to a Nationality

16. Marriage and Family

17. The Right to Your Own Things

18. Freedom of Thought

19. Freedom of Expression

20. The Right to Public Assembly

21. The Right to Democracy

22. Social Security

23. Workers’ Rights

24. The Right to Play

25. Food and Shelter for All

26. The Right to Education

27. Copyright

28. A Fair and Free World

29. Responsibility

30. No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights

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smbhappy
This is not correct interpretation on Bihar.Anybody can move anywhere for livelihood and that does not mean one is low on the human values.Can we say Punjabi living in Bihar for business i.e. for livelihood have low human value? If we study more on Bihar,misinterpretion what is being done casually would be changed.

 

Punjabis are creating avenues for employment wherever the go and live. They are the symbol of prosperity.

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s.kumar_ecr

As per UN Charter, there are 30 underlying principals for human rights:

 

are those 30 underlying principals are also applicable in India?

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dr.s.malhotra

I think the issue is being blown out of proportion here .

The matter is simply that some down-trodden [ read BPL applicant ] has found that the privilege to free information [ free of cost and hence free flow of information ] endowed upon him by the RTI Act , has been taken away by Bihar Govt . It is certainly a human rights issue affecting BPL class as a whole .

Remember every enactment is for public welfare and every law has to be read that way .

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skmishra1970

Bhanot Sahab,

 

With due respect, I would like to say that your post #7 above is based on the dard era of Laluraj in Bihar, but now time has been changed and the same can be seen in many ways. Everybody knows that there are something special which has started first in Bihar :-

 

1. RTI Application on telephone started in Bihar.

2. Right to Service - Started in Bihar.

3. Attachment the property of Corrupt officer started in Bihar.

 

What is still going on and what has been stoped, it is the matter to fight by the people of Bihar State.

 

But this is very strange and a plus point for our community that Human Right Commission also taken up the issue of RTI as thease are going to Consumer Forum. Expected to some good outcome.

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smbhappy

The good governance and the political will has made the difference in Bihar.

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smbhappy

The Political Will and the Good Governance has made all the difference in Bihar.

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skmishra1970

Malhotra Sahab is very right that every enactment is for public welfare, but there are some cases pointed by Central information Commissioner that some APL Family enjoying free information facility through BPL Family and as per my view such type of misuse should not be tolrate anyhow.

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