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  1. 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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  2. Information solilcited: 1.Please provide the list of such sensitive posts and non sensitive posts that are classified in the organization. 2.THe criterion followed for differenciation in between the two. 3.Whether such posts are permanent or can be brought back from non sensitive to sensitive.
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  3. Establish larger public interest to the satisfaction of the PIO so that he can not use any exemptions under RTI .(Thank your stars as you are fortunate to get most details in 2017). Salary (Basic), designation, Branch working, are not treated as invasion on privacy. Loans and addresses (Women employee) in case of women are certainly exempted . If you want that information, there are several unauthorised channels like Private Detectives etc to get such information and we are not supposed to discuss in forums. (In India nothing is difficult)
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  4. 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and other action against PIO are at the discretion of IC. 3.FAA is beyond all, and in one HC Judgment, the HC has withdrawn the strictures passed as there is no such clauses and responsibilities were entrusted in RTI Act.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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  5. Thanks for your guidance Mr Prasad. I will seek relief in this matter through the perjury route. Warm Regards
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  6. Go for first appeal as the applicants are not Anonymous but fraudulent persons with fake identity to defame the genuine RTI Activist with a reputation in society. First Appeal dt.26th Oct,2020 under RTI Act. Before:First Appellate Authority, ............................ Against: CPIO, Supdt of post office............... Appellant: Grounds for Appeal: PIO has to either provide the information or deny information stating such clause under Sec. 8 (1) of RTI Act with justification. There was no exemption for CCTV footage in RTI Act, and every CPIO can not manufac
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  7. You are asking too much without thinking of bringing a logical conclusion of all such information for 10 years in case of 10 schemes from hundred villages. It is very hard to digest such huge meal. If you are interested focus on one village, one scheme at block level for one latest year and then go further. Information is not for information sake. To establish bonafides, you have to demonstrate the genuine cause, larger public interest. The information you wish to seek is huge by any standards.
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  8. Make a polite reminder to FAA that a time frame is fixed and the information should have been provided maximum within 2 months, and there is no exemption on time frame stated in RTI Act, pray for disposal of the application maximum within 15 days from receipt of this reminder. What is the same response both from PIO and FAA ? The FAA must deliver the orders within maximum 45 days from receipt of your appeal considering the exigency of such pandemic. Do not be hasty to go for second appeal, as there is no one to hear second appeal for further two years in CIC. Focus on informat
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  9. The simple advise to every member is "FOCUS" on MAIN issue and ignore minor deviations and violations. IF you hunt for small violations, your attention is diverted to trivial issues that are in no way helpful for the Main issue. At the cost of repetition RTI decisions can be challenged and remedy is only under RTI Act. As far as I could understand, the issue is SPIO with his other designation has filed a false affidaviat. When information is solicited he has denied information stating that he is not having any such record, here started the RTI game. First appeal and second app
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  10. I filled rti online to The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India. i wrote a RTI for getting information regarding scarcity of water supply problem in my village. CPIO didn't transferred my RTI application to PIO. I got the reply "Please contact concerned department/ office of the State. You may like to approach concerned department/ office of the State."
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  11. Not likely. When there is no record in material form in the custody of the concerned SPIO, he can not create the information. If some one says that there is incriminating evidence, at least they should have provided such information in sealed cover or proceeded further on that information. If your application is directed to that authority who filed the affidavit, this SIC decision that there is no such evidence is itself a strong proof that affidavit is wrong. Signing false affidavit is an independent offense and not connected with RTI. Contact a local advocate for s
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  12. Congratulations. Post the success story. You have taken so many cases during 2019-20 and this is not a small success. A slap on the face of those public authorities who think that RTI is a time waster and it has given horns to citizens for abuse.
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  13. I have posted a inquiry against the illegal ship port call through RTI & it helped the country to keep up the transparency and identify the culprits involved in this illegality & nuisance !
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  14. Sir, it is not finding fault but continuing in one name brings reputation and recognition in the forum. Best of Luck
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  15. Sir, It's not purposely done I logged in through twitter ac and it happened mistakenly and unknowingly to me! Damodar Divkar
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  16. RTI Act without any ambiguity stated that who ever assisted PIO is equally responsible for such incomplete and false reply. Though IC may penalize PIO, the authority in turn recovers such amounts from those who assisted him. Please do not worry penalizing any one PIO is a dream and that stipulation is just bring a sense of fear, and yet you have to see such policy of ICs to fine the PIOs who voluntarily, willfully, and most deliberatately deny information on such clause but was never fined.
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  17. Why two names for one person ? You are a regular member and using RTI to the maximum extent and focusing only on Goa Shipping yard mostly and taking up many local issues from well, temple to roads. Be on your own and give reputation to your name. Be yourself.
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  18. There is no such format. You can send the document providing such file no given by CIC for your appeal. You can search and find out the number given. You may keep the title as follows: ADDENDUM dt............................ TO SECOND APPEAL ALREADY FILED ON...............................Against .....................................................(PIO-Public Authority).......................By............................................Appellant. Reasons for not submitting earlier: How this is relevant to the appeal grounds It is confirmed that the issue
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  19. There are well established and powerful unions affiliated to political parties and National presence. When there are agreements between such organizations that are takenover/merged/amalgamated, the workers as stake holders has their own say and every step is taken only with their consent. If there are disparities a member from Labour commissioner's office has the power to intervene and take up their cases. Now when the agreement was completed in 1999, it is difficult to find out such terms and conditions after 2020. You can file RTI Application to Momugao Port Trust and seek informati
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  20. You will need to either google for such circulars on internet with key words "transfer and posting rules / circular for state bank of india" or alternately you may file a RTI application with the PIO of the concerned department of SBI and seek a photocopy of transfer and posting rules. Yours would not be the only case and therefore obtaining a copy of such circular (information) should help you in your matter.
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  21. Thanks Prasad, there are many post in forum but the problems are 1. Not specific to Maharashtra State controlled Road and toll booth 2. Most of the links to in post are broken and not working. It seems I have to file my first RTI with Maharashtra State goverment.
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  22. Can you please take the trouble of searching in the forum ? I remember two such posts appeared long back and one volunteer even has given details and volunteered to help. The exemption depends on the organiztion that maintains the toll gate. You can file RTI Application and can seek information from the authority that runs the toll gate (NHAI, Oovt Maharashtra etc., Information solicited: 1.Please provide me the certified copy or order/notification that states about various concessions or toll free facilities to persons having special abilities (Physically handicpapped).
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  23. It is you that came to this forum through a link provided to you in that forum- with some other name, please search with key words and you can find 50 posts.
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  24. Dr. Saab, You have come to a wrong clinic. This forum is dedicated for seeking information from public authorities under RTI Act. The issues posted by you are personal issues in between owners. The matter is sensitive as infighting among owners on condition of such building may bring in Corporation interference and if the corporation deputes their officials and they find that the building is unfit for residences , they may even order for demolition etc., Contact a local advocate and do not kill the snake or break the stick but find a remedy so that every one can live
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  25. Can Non Resident Indian File online RTI? This is your query. If you have Indian passport file such application. If CPIO fail to respond then you can go for first appeal. "ASK" is a magical word. Either it will be given or denied. If it is denied there are two more steps First and Second appeal. Open the following link and try whether it helps https://zeenews.india.com/personal-finance/provident-fund-stuck-in-old-company-here-is-how-to-withdraw-your-money-2315142.html?fbclid=IwAR1RJa- wtZIHwHN0MECG3I-rhekfuOeCPN882jYyb1AxSWxrtoOvlalybwc For PF, filing pgrms or
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  26. You are a regular member with 184 posts and practically grass root level activist. Continue the same grounds showing different earlier reasons for denying information. Once the information is not available , SIC can not do any thing. If you recall the earlier lengthy posts, the first issue is who should issue such permission for such lottery..who is running the lottery is not relevant. If the lottery is illegal and unauthorised , the authorities should probe into such illegal activity, when they had such knowledge on illegal lottery.
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  27. Grounds for Appeal: SPIO has denied information for all the 7 points quoting Sec. 8 (1) (d) without application of mind. Public authority is responsible for prompt payment of bills to small suppliers/contractors who might have borrowed money from financial institutions and private lenders with exorbitant interest, and in case of abnormal delay , the small traders have to suffer. Delay is practically killing small traders in the pandemic. Hence this information is solicited in 'Larger public interest" as the main objects of RTI are accountability for the delay, transparency in settling suc
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  28. (1)The PIO's and FAAs are public servants under their respective public authorities and they carry out out the functions of PIO and FAA as part of their assigned duties in addition to their prescribed functions as per their functional designation of the cadre. (2)As the PIO and/or FAA carry out these duties as part of their assigned responsibilities, whether such performance becomes part of their Annual Performance Record? (3)In case of poor performance of PIO/FAA ( abuse & violation of RTI-Act-2005, failure to provide info within prescribed time lines, provides info only after
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  29. First of all PIO can not provide that information which is exempted under RTI. Caste is a personal information and this may amount to invasion on privacy. However there is no bar for a citizen in seeking information from public authorities under RTI Act. The applicant must go for such larger public interest involved and establish this to satisfaction of PIO. In other words you can seek such information.....Your query is answered. The query you have not asked is whether PIO can provide such information. The reply is NO, he can not provide such information and applies
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  30. You are mistaken, RBI is a controlling authority and the information with them will be Bank wise (Branch wise, Bank consolidation) He must be an income tax assessee, as only for tax exemptions PPF is opened. You can write to ITO and can get all the papers submitted before 2005, generally in front management the records are stored for six years and later it will be consigned to a back office or pooled for further destruction. Application dt.25th Sept,2020 seeking information under RTI Act Before: Incometax Officer, Ward No.....,....................... Fee: Postal
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  31. 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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  32. I want to file RTI ... please help me in drafting it.... Sub : Information required regarding Symbol for Indian Rupee design selection process... Department : Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs, Currency & Coinage Questions : Please let me know the total number of “Symbol for Indian Rupee” design entries received by 1pm on 15th April 2009? Total number of final entries considered eligible according to Finance Ministry “Symbol for Indian Rupee” guidelines? Please let me know the detailed parameters of selection of “Symbol for Indian Rupee” desi
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