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  1. 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 publi
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  2. For seeking Information: 1. File a RTI application under section 6(1) of the RTI Act with the concerned Public Information Officer (PIO); 2. If you do not get the information from the PIO, then file a first appeal under section 19(1) with the concerned First Appellate Authority; 3. If you do not get the information despite filing a first appeal, then file a second appeal under section 19(3) with the concerned Information Commission. For Complaining: Consider the following example situations: > There is no available PIO with whom a RTI can be filed, how would yo
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  3. Description of Information Required: In accordance with the provision of section 2(j)(i) of the RTI Act kindly provide me with an inspection of all the documents pertaining to the XXXX... Kindly do prepare an index and paginate all the information offered to me for an inspection, and suggest three alternative dates for an inspection. In case, I have any difficulty with the dates offered for inspection, I will inform you about the same, and you may kindly do the needful to address the same. Please note that, during the process of aforesaid inspection, I shall select the required
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  4. You may get information on Gross salary and name of the workers. Deductions are personal information of third party which need not be disclosed to applicants as there is no larger public interest. Instead let your wife file RTI Application seeking information on such deductions. or discover a way in getting clues by seeking information without names. EX: Please provide details of various deductions made from gross salaries ASHA workers as per laid down norms and how the amount is being sent to those organizations.
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  5. Yes, indeed you can get all the information regarding the salary of Asha Workers. You need to focus on two things 1. Where to file 2. What to ask Where to File You should file RTI with the Block Development Officer of your area.If in doubt, it can also be filed at the District Collector / Deputy Commissioner office What to Ask You can file an RTI asking for the salary certificate of all the Asha Workers. You should also get the Payroll copy to understand the actual amount that has been debitted. For the documents, generally Asha Workers sub
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  6. I strongly condemn this attack. Such attacks have occurred in the past as well, and there is no way to ensure that it won't happen again with someone else. I feel its time India thinks on the following lines. 1. Create separate ministry of RTI in Central & all State Govts. 2. Ministry to be managed by a group of Public Body, not by any one Elected Representative. 3. Create a Spl Dept of RTI in office of every Public Authority. 4. This Dept be kept beyond Jurisdiction of concerned Public Authority 2 avoid bias. 5. Atta
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  7. File a second appeal and apart from other grounds that you may take also add the ground of public interest and quote section 8(2) of the RTI Act: Section 8(2) is reproduced below (emphasis added):
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  8. A citizen should seek information available in material form as record from that authority with whom that record is available. You know where the panchnama is available as record. You have to file RTI Application in hard copy mode as per laid down rules and regulations of your state to that Public Information Officer, in whose office Panchanam is available and you will certainly get the same under RTI. It appears that you have filed on line RTI application to Central Government RTI portal and it is not to be used for seeking information from state government departments .
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  9. RTI is mainly about seeking certified photocopies of the documents. Just frame queries such that it points towards documents. For instance, please provide me a certified photocopy of the documents wherein has been noted specific details of liabilities of my project mentioned in the NDC form.
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  10. Please upload CIC decision and post the story as success story. After terrific gas leakage at Vizag, these kind of Larger public interest applications brings into light the deficiencies of the units much early. You are a lay man, and you should be accompanied by an expert of some voluntary organisation and the report you submit to them MPT may bring several safety violations . Search on line for such expert in any voluntary organisation.
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  11. The PIO has cited the exemption of section 24(4) for denying the information requested by you. Please peruse the provision of section 24(4), the same is reproduced below: As you can see, your best chances of getting the information is, if you can show that the information sought by you pertains either to (1) allegation of corruption or (2) violation of human rights. It seems that, in the facts of your case, the information sought by you may possibly fall under the category of 'violation of human rights'. If that is the case, then you may file a first appeal before the c
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  12. To, Mr. XX, (Name, Designation, Department, Address etc.) Subject: Seeking assistance u/s. 5(4) read with 5(5) for providing information under the RTI Act, 2005. Dear Mr. XX I hereby seek your assistance under section 5(4) for the proper discharge of my duties as a Public Information Officer under the Right to Information Act, 2005. I therefore kindly request you to provide the information requested by the RTI applicant Mr. XX through his RTI application dated: XX, a copy of which has been annexed herewith. Please note that for the purpose of providing inform
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  13. You may try writing to the General Administration Department (GAD) of the Government of Uttar Pradesh. Be polite and respectful while writing and focus on the merits of your submissions. Director, Suchna Bhawan, Park Road Department of Information & Public Relations Lucknow - 226001 Email : upinformation[at]nic[dot]in
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  14. It is good to see people helping one another and in turn achieving success in a society plagued with nepotism and favouritism.
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  15. Sir, deputy collector has ordered the investigation by submitting Memorandum to Mamletdar
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  16. You may file a first appeal on the following grounds: 1. As per the provision of section 7(1) a requested information is to be either provided or the request rejected for any of the reasons specified under section 8 and 9 of the RTI Act. The PIO has neither provided the requested information nor specified any of the exemption given under section 8 and 9 of the RTI Act. Thus, the PIO has disposed of my request for information in violation of section 7(1) of the RTI Act. 2. As per the provision of definition of information given under section 2(f) of the RTI Act, documents held by
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  17. The task is identifying the custodian of Information. The second thing is differentiating between a complaint and application seeking information under RTI Act. RTI is not meant for redressal of grievances. RTI is not a destination and it may at the most be a road that leads to destination. The scarcity of water or water problem in your village is a local issue to be settled within Panchayat or maximum block level. If there is on line facility for both Central and state then they may transfer the application under Sec. 6 (3). Always focus on the issue and never divert your at
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  18. There are several conflicting views. 1.The Madras High Court has ruled that irresponsible PIOs should be shown the door. 2.CIC and HC judgment states that a Citizen is entitled to information alone and he is confined only for prayers and other action against PIO are at the discretion of IC. 3.FAA is beyond all, and in one HC Judgment, the HC has withdrawn the strictures passed as there is no such clauses and responsibilities were entrusted in RTI Act. As our Great Guru Mr Karira has stated 5 years back, the Act is on Ventilator with artificial breathing, with some remote s
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  19. Grounds for appeal: It was decided in several CIC decisions that when applicant solicits hard copy , it has to be provided in the form in which it is requested, as many common men are not well versed with such downloading procedure and have such mechanism with them. Even if information is denied with such reason (unknown in RTI Act as a reason for denial), the minimum courtesy is providing such copy of link instead of directing the applicant to go through hundreds of such directives. PRAYER: Please direct CPIO to provide the information as expeditiously as possible free of cost as info
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  20. You can send simple notice by Registered Ack due yourself to the Registrar with following facts. Notice under CP Act dt..... To......................... ---------------- Take notice of the following facts. 1.This complainant is a successful candidate with Reg. No..............in...............course in the Academic Year................from........................college. 2.This complainant has on....................paid Rs...................as consideration for availing ......................services. 2.As per citizen charter, a time frame was fixed for pro
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  21. Go through Sec.19 of RTI Act and continue further process of first and second appeal as expeditiously as possible remembering time frame. Wait for Information commissions' orders and if not satisfied go for Writ against University. Contact a local advocate and issue a Notice under CP Act claiming huge damages for not providing you the transcript if they have collected such fees. You can also explore possibility of filing writ mandamus in High Court after consulting your advocate.
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  22. During First Appeal Hearing, you can not raise any fresh grounds - Adhere to the Grounds submitted in the First Appeal and establish larger public interest as to how the Temple in the name of lottery has collected such amounts from public. Conducting a lottery is a commercial activity and not connected with devotional aspect.
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  23. Congratulations for the perseverance. Hope this may not end here.
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  24. Please understand the operation of CVC. First there is a screening at CVC level and committee finds out whether there is a prima facie evidence. Then as CVC is just a post office and it transfers the complaint to Vigilance dept., of that organisation and finally the complaint goes to the very person against whom the complaint was made. CVC gives time of 90 days and after another two or three reminders, that organisation may send such report disagreeing and certifying that there is no vigilance angle in the complaint and make some more allegations attributing motives to complainant/ Th
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  25. According to my knowledge, if your allegations are true, making a complaint with full details to the Ministry of education and in the grievance portal will be more helpful. However you must have a record of facts before making a complaint and you can file RTI Application to Director of College Education or to the concerned University with which it is affiliated. Follow RTI rules applicable to your state in format and fees. (You can search any Govt website for that RTI Application format and mode of remitting RTI fee of Rs.10/-. You can seek information as follows. Information s
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  26. Do you intend to seek information with respect to the remuneration of an employee of a public authority, then the total remuneration figure should be available in the 4(1)(b)(x) of the RTI Act.
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  27. There are interesting blogs and also comments by many of our forum stalwarts like Hon.Karira, Ms.Raveena and Mr.Sunil. Further there was a recent discussion on HC Judgment . The Supreme Court Judgment on the difference is also available in the forum. Both serve different purposes. When first appeal could not be filed, or could not be filed within time frame, when information is not important within reasonable time a complaint can be filed under Sec.18. Remember, that complainant is not entitled to seek information but can only pray for other remedies like penalty and reco
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  28. Always file application through hard copy by Registered post direct to the Authority, if you are not aware of the custodian of information. Go through rules, affix adhesive court fee stamp for Rs.10/- and file application in prescribed format.
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  29. When there is a problem, by bringing attention to several authorities with ultimate focus to get information we address such letters. The following was the guidance and no advice was given to file grievance in consumer affairs pgrms portal. (as temple management may not be well versed, they my blur out is the hope) "You can also explore possibility of issuing notice under CP Act to temple and file a complaint against temple management for deficiency of service is not providing the valid information."
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  30. The first question is as to whether the Lottery is having such permissions/approvals/sanctions etc. Now that they have identified public authority, as the process has already started, wait for their response. Depending on their response you can go for first appeal if possible. It is still doubtful whether endowments/temples are Public authority or not. You ought to have asked whether the temple is having such permissions to conduct such lotteries and entire set of documents submitted by them temple authorities while seeking permission if any for conducting such lottery and
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  31. You will need to file a first appeal: Grounds of first appeal: 1. I have not requested for a copy of complaint received against the airlines but I have asked for a copy of complaints made by the airlines with your public authority. 2. The PIO has misinterpreted the provision of section 7(9) of the RTI Act while stating as follows: Quote: information which would disproportionately divert the resources of the public authority or would be detrimental to the safety or preservation of the record in question. Unquote. The correct interpretation and the decision of the
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  32. It must be an old rule. I remember that DOPT issued circular that every authority State or central must accept IPO fvg.Accounts officer as Uniform practice. I have given many options and you can explore any one and preferably blank and seeking assistance of SPIO in proper filling IPO enclosing a blank IPO.
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  33. Kindly check in WB Information commission rules. As per Central GOvt. directives postal orders are to be drawn in favour of Accounts Officer, WBCHSE payable at the place of their office. In some states it is payable to SPIO, also... You can also write in RTI application itself enclosing the IPO in blank and seek assistance of PIO in filling the IPO as applicant is not aware of proper filling of the PO. You can make a telephone call to any PIO and seek such information over phone if you can not trace them from any state authority website.
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  34. Thanks for the info.... I will filling rti today itself And post the reply afterwards
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  35. You can file online RTI on the following website: https://rtionline.maharashtra.gov.in/index-e.php In the Public Authorities list, select "Commissioner of Police, Mumbai" fill in the details and make the payment online
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  36. Dear Sir, I have attached the judgment of the Delhi High Court following the decision issued by the Central Information Commission, regarding “Composite Petitions” composite petitions CIC_KY_C_2015_000152_M_180880.pdf delhi high court judgment.pdf
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  37. Under the provisions of the RTI Act, a FAA does not have the power to impose a penalty on a PIO. The power to impose a penalty is available only to an Information Commission. Please refer to section 20 of the RTI Act.
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  38. You can briefly narrate all your efforts and post the same in success story, so that other members can get inspiration from your efforts and perseverance.
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  39. File a first appeal on the following ground: Grounds of First Appeal: 1. As per section 4(1)(b)(x) a public authority is supposed to suo-motu publish the following information: (x) the monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations; Thus, the PIO has disposed of my RTI application in violation of the provision of section 4(1)(b)(x). By the way, because of judgment of the Hon'ble Supreme Court in Girish Ramchandra Deshpande's case most the informa
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  40. "This route" words used by you presumed as RTI. Your impression may be correct or may not be correct as every thing depends on perseverance. Every route is directed to one destination. RTI is a road/journey to destination and never a destination..
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  41. Guide to drafting a good RTI application Drafting a good RTI application can be as easy as writing a simple leave letter. As long as the applicant knows the basics of the RTI Act 2005, drafting an application, requesting for information from any public authority, is little more than child’s play. 1. Pre-requisites: Your full name and address have to mentioned in the application. If you so wish, you can also mention your telephone number and email id, although this is optional. Have ready information about the Public Information Officer (PIO), his designation, address etc. I
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  42. This appears as a private civil complaint with your neighbour. RTI Act shows the way for obtaining information available in the form of material record with public authority and provides that information to citizens if it is not exempted under Sec. It appears to me that your query is beyond ambit of RTI Act and only local advocate can provide a remedy for your problem.
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  43. As repeatedly stated by experts/moderators in this forum, RTI is not a problem solving, or redressal of grievances process. One can get only information and it all depends on the applicant as to how he uses such information to get a logical end for the actual problem. These issues have to be resolved collectively by active group of persons by submitting petitions to elected representatives like councellors, MLA, MPs etc and then following up through media coverage . RTI should also be made to Government Hospitals for collecting data on mosquito bites, outpatients treated for malaria
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  44. As a citizen you are entitled to seek any information you require from Public authorities. Please go through Shri JP Shah blogs and find the sample format of RTI Application to know status of complaint and make suitable alterations and file such application as per rules and regulations of RTI Applicable to that authority. Remember RTI is just a Road and not destination. A citizen can seek and get information which is available with public authority in the form of material record. There is no scope for questioning the quality of their action or reasons for inaction unless those are redu
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  45. @ Shri Sunil Ahya : "3. You can file a RTI application directly addressed to their PIO, without waiting for the results of step 1 and 2 above, as follows (please note that for filing a RTI, name of a person is not required but only designation PIO is required):" Always write on the envelope only the HO name and do not write To, The Public Information Officer, If you write a public information officer, as there is no such designated officer, they may refuse to accept such application, which again should be sorted out through complaint to Telangana IC. Instead w
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  46. The Department of Handlooms and Textiles of Govt. of Telangana is a Public Authority by itself and there is a dedicated tab available on its website for giving information under RTI. However, it seems that their website's RTI tab is not working. Therefore, I would suggest as follows: 1. First try and contact them on the phone number given on their website, politely speak to the person who picks up the phone and request for the details of the Public Information Officer (PIO). Ph.No: 040-23221684 Fax: 040-23221685 2. Secondly, also at the same time, try by writing to them on
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  47. First Appeal dt.10th Mar, 2020 under RTI Act Before: First Appellate Authority,................Railways,..................... Against: CPIO,................................................. Appellant:...................................... Grounds for Appeal: CPIO reply ref...................................................to RTI application dt....................is treated as unlawful and deliberate denial, as CPIO has not applied his mind for denying information and denied information by stating such clause, where as he is supposed to justify as to how Sec.8 (1 ) (d) and
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  48. When PIOs do not want to part with information, without application of mind, they will select all 8 (1) clauses one by one to deny information. Mere quoting of section and denying information is not lawful denial. They have to justify as to how such exemption clause applies to this specific information now being provided in the query.. Unless you provide the exact query, it is not possible to guide you on 8 (1) (d) you have to inform name of public authority also. Application of 11 as exemption is unknown. It is only formal letter written to third party seeking objecti
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  49. Section 11 is a procedural section which lays down the procedure for cases where an information pertains to a third party. However, information cannot be denied u/s. 11 of the RTI Act, because as per section 7(1) information can only be denied either u/s. 8 or 9 of the Act. Firstly the information that you have sought is not a third party information and secondly even if it were to be a third party information it could have been denied only section 8 and 9 of the Act. Please find section 7(1) quoted below:
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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).

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