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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Thanks for the info.... I will filling rti today itself And post the reply afterwards
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  10. Dear Sir, What is the meaning of "petitions in composite nature" composite petition 000542_+_543_+_544_+_545.pdf composite petition CIC_KY_A_2015_000175_M_155699.pdf composite petitions CIC_KY_A_2015_001099_M_180064.pdf composite petitions CIC_KY_C_2015_000183_M_180896.pdf composite petitions CIC_KY_C_2015_000208_M_180890.pdf
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  11. One of our members tried to expose a fraud in Syndicate Bank , Nellore , AP and sought guidance in the forum in several queries. Thereafter never visited the forum. It was learnt from today's news paper that finally he could establish fraud prima facie and CBI has commenced investigation. The member should have atleast posted success story though he may not acknowledge support.
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Remember, RTI is not a complaint or grievance redressal way. An Indian citizen can as a right can seek information from public authorities if that information is available in material form as public record and not exempted under RTI Act. In your case you can file RTI Application and seek laid down norms/orders/guidelines and free to use that document for remedy through HC (Writ mandamus) To my knowledge transport is treated as Public Utility and essential service and lockdown rules may not apply to certain employees performing such duties for COVID19. Application dt.
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  18. 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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  19. I am very sorry to hear from one of our very active member, and dedicated activist who is a cent per cent committed member for real objectives of RTI was manhandled. He has achieved many results on his applications and brought logical conclusions. He was never interested in publicity and was dedicated to relief work in Covid 19. Many of the members are not aware of his success and dedication to RTI. Let us pray for early relief to him from those shocks. Message from him: I am in a deep shock, I was manhandled and assaulted by TANGEDCO staff for filing RTI on wednesday between 8.4
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  20. You are welcome as members can get immense benefit out of your services, as you are a faculty in reputed institution teaching on RTI. Unfortunately experts like Mr.CJ Karira, Ms Raveena Oberoi are not visiting the site for more than a year and left a legacy to the forum. Be assured that many experts pay regular visits (Including law makers/ICs) to the Forum and your posts may catch their attention. You can also write blogs if the contents are large in volume.
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  21. Whether entire postal services are effected or Navayug market PO closed for speed post alone ? It can be sent by ordinary post and also registered post also. Regd post can also be tracked through indiapost tracking like Speed post. As speed post has to be delivered within a time frame, PO are hesitant to accept SP as delivery within such time frame not possible and it may attract deficiency of service.
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  22. HOW TO SEEK EVALUATED ANSWER SHEETS First file an RTI Application with prescribed application FEE and request for -- RTI Application is to be addressed to the Public Information Officer (PIO) in the office of Registrar of University. The application shall be submitted by Speed Post and speed post delivery is tracked through India Post website SPEED POST TRACKING and a printout be kept on record. PIO has to give a decision within 30 days from receipt your application. PIO shall inform you of additional fee i.e. document charges for supplying answer sheet.
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  23. You are a victim and you have every right to obtain all such documents as such victim even without RTI through process of court. There must be some procedure for obtaining such report and CBI has a duty to provide the report. SImilarly CBI will be submitting reply to a court or to Police dept., superiors. You can definitely access such copies from other public authorities..
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  24. Members can not foretell the future of any application. The duty of PIO is to provide information or deny information stating such exemptions in RTI Act with justification within 30days from receipt of such application. Wait for 30 days from the date of receipt of your application by PIO and +5 days transit and then come back to the forum with copy and paste of those 8 points or in case if the information is denied by PIO within that month. You can expect good meaningful guidance from the forum and there is no guarantee that PIO will provide the information. The Act has taken care of
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  25. I suppose West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education is a State Govt. Public Authority and therefore West Bengal State RTI Rules will apply. DoPT is a Central Govt. Public Authority and therefore it will not apply to a public authority under the State Govt. Kindly find West Bengal RTI Rules annexed herewith. Also for more information on the subject, you may please google with the key words "West Bengal RTI Rules". RTI RULES.pdf
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  26. Also you may apply under the provisions of the Indian Registration Act and the Rules made thereunder which would be much faster. But you need to have all details of the document particularly the registration number.
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  27. Have you already filed a RTI application, or are you apprehensive about probable exemptions and therefore are yet to file a RTI application? Also, so far as, obtaining information from CBI is concerned, please read and be aware of the provision of section 24 of the RTI Act. The same is reproduced below (relevant and important portion highlighted)
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  28. Some states have already fallen in line on online submission, and even those on line submission process is having teething problems and hacking issues. Slowly the states must introduce such on line system before 2021 positively. You can file this as grievance before relevant SIC for quick implementation.
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  29. The following information was sought by appellant on 13-06-2020 - Please provide a copy of all the documents including those with a) file notings, b) correspondence with Ministry of Finance, DGCA & PMO & c) Correspondence and representation from all Airlines operating in India related with issuance of Circular No. 4/1/2020-IR dated 16-Apr-2020 and office memorandum attached with this circular. CPIO need not create file notings, correspondence with Ministry, DGCA & PMO or from all Airlines operating in India regarding Circul 4/1/2020. He can provide information in the form
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  31. The RTI application is to be addressed as follows: To, You can either visit the ward and submit it to its Dispatch Section and take an acknowledgment on the photocopy of your RTI application, or You can mail it by Speed Post, track its delivery on Indiapost website on internet and when it shows delivered take a print out of the track report and preserve it as a proof of delivery of your RTI application. In Maharashtra, the best way to pay RTI application fees is to paste a Rs. 10/- court fee stamp on the RTI application itself. You will get court fee stamp from any of t
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  32. GO for second appeal to CIC and statein Grounds for appeal: Tender information is not held in fiduciary capacity. CPIO confirmed that there is no clarification on record that tender information is held in fiduciary capacity by BSNL in any of their record. Without any valid ground, CPIO assumed that tender details are held in fiduciary capacity, denied information though tender details are not held in fiduciary capacity.
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  33. Instances that involve disclosure of sensitive information, it may be rationale for the CPIO to ask for citizenship proof Information Commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha held that seeking citizenship proof in case of demand of sensitive information is justified but seeking a signed copy of the application does not seem appropriate as the online portal does not mandate uploading of signatures. Sinha was hearing the plea of an Odisha-based RTI applicant who had sought from the Army information regarding implementation of rules under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prev
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  34. According to an estimate, between 40 and 60 lakh RTI applications are filed every year, but less than 3 per cent Indian citizens have ever filed an RTI plea. Of the applications filed, less than 45 per cent received the information they had sought, according to the ‘Report Card of Information Commissions in India, 2018-19’ released by the Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SSN) and the Centre for Equity Studies (CES). But of the 55 per cent who didn’t receive the information, less than 10 per cent filed appeals. As of 31 March 2019, there were 2.18 lakh appeals and complaints pending b
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  35. Hello Ashish, Unfortunately there are no provision in RTI where you can file an Anonymous RTI. You need to provide your name and address in the RTI. If somebody can file on your behalf, then ofcouse, you can get the same results.
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  37. Sri Shravan...Your tweet on CBI investigation in Syndicate Bank , Nellore brought in many issues now and the member has started once again coming to forum. In the past he has received a break through and under the impression that AXIS bank is a private Bank, and not within ambit of RTI, he stopped visiting forum. Now in one day he has sent 6 PM. Taking clue from your example on trial basis I have selected two pending issues one of Mr.Subbu and another of one Goa ships case. Both received the information and were successful. Thank you but your tweet they should have not come back.
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  38. Sir, I had received the information on time after I have submitted the first Appeal, Sorry , I have forgotten to submit the update on this , the information recieved helps to prove the illegalities of ship call in the port under the absence of ship repair and consignor in port , the matter will be raised to the high court Of Bombay at Goa with the help of the good prosecutor ! thank you very much and due respect to this platform for helping the people like me for keeping up the transperancy in the GoVt! thank you, Damodar S Divkar.
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  39. There is no such specific exemption and it is not a confidential record. File RTI Application , let PIO deny information stating such clause, then you can seek guidance while filing first appeal. At the stage of application, do not bother about the actions of PIO, just seek information, and let PIO deny such information with such section/sub section and justification for using that section, then one can go for first appeal (General guidance) General diary is not exempted and it is a public record.
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  40. I have done the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) of the screenshot for you. Now you can just copy/paste these notification numbers and Google search will give you the documents, for example I have attached the document mentioned at point (a) herewith this post, you can also click on the link inserted at point (a) and download it: a) Paragraph No.8 of the Annex to our circular on 'Rationalization of Branch Authorization Policy' No.DBR.BAPD. BC.69/22.01.001/2016-17 dated May 18, 2017; b) Paragraph No.2 of our Circular on 'Relaxations in Branch Authorisation Pol
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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. Thanks for giving valuable guidance, Karira Sb
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  43. But there is a post-script to this story that is not good. While the CIC ruled unambiguously, SEBI has not changed its policy with respect to the data, despite its promise to the CIC and the CIC's ruling. Because of covid-19 it's not clear whether that is some kind of explanation for this. I've tried contracting SEBI. Other than one form reply pointing me to the current policy, I have not received any response from SEBI. Why in 3+ months it has been unable to implement a simple change in options in an Oracle database (IT folks tell me it would take at most 5-10 minutes' work), I don't know.
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  44. Information under RTI cannot be Refused even if the matter is sub judice : Naveen Agrawal Workshop on RTI organised for officers of primary schools 320 people trained in 4 days Nagpur. "Information sought under the RTI act 2005 cannot be denied on the pretext of the matter concerned being sub judice as per the provision of the act under section 8 (1) (b)" observed Mr. Naveen Maheshkumar Agrawal, recognised trainer of YASHADA , Pune and Registrar, Dada Ramchand Bakhru Sindhu Mahavidyalaya. However, he further added that the Section 8(1) (b) of the RTI Act exempts from di
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  45. Of late defiance of orders of Information Commissioners has become rampant. The only remedy with the information seeker is to lodge a complaint with Chief Information Commissioner, who routinely issues another order for compliance that too after a delay ranging from 6 to 36 months depending upon efficiency and pendency of CIC/SIC. Commissions hardly invoke powers of Civil Court vested in it u/s 18.3 to ensure speedy compliance with its own orders. Hence I suggest that if after two months of filing complaint of non-compliance [with copy to PIO, FAA, and Head of public authority], as sugges
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  46. On 06/10/2015 DoPT issued guidelines vide Office Memorandum NO. 10/1/2013-IR prescribing format for giving information to the applicants under RTI Act. The OM also issued guidelines on method of supplying certified copy. Henceforth the CPIO should endorse on the document by putting a seal indicating "True copy of the documents/record supplied under RTI Act" with signature, date, name of CPIO and name of public authority. Copy of the OM is attached: DoPT OM dt 6-10-2015 on Format of Reply and Certified copy - 10_1_2013-IR-06102015.pdf
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  47. Deemed to be Universities are institutions which are not established as Universities through legislations, but which are declared as deemed to be universities as per Section 3 of the UGC Act. Section 3 of the UGC Act empowers the Central Government to declare by notification any such institution as deemed to be university on the recommendations of the UGC. All provisions of the UGC Act are applicable to the deemed to be universities. These deemed to be universities have the following salient features; [1] They concentrate on specific areas assigned to them on the basis of which
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  48. Dear member, this is a common complaint and due to non working of street lights your locality remains dark and unsafe and criminals take advantage of this darkness. You may file RTI application to the PIO of Nagarpalika/municipal corporation to seek the Information as under. Sir, The following street lights have not been functioning since a long. (A) ...................... (B) ......................(name of street) Several complaints have been made but no action has been taken by the authority so kindly provide following information. Please provide from record; (1) Cop
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    • WHAT AFTER DECISION BY CENTRAL/STATE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER

      There are a large number of instances, where the State Information Commissioners are passing orders contrary to the spirit and object of RTI Act and contradicting the laid down procedures. Another issue is the Public Authorities did not comply the decisions of CIC/SIC and the Information Commissions are not strict about enforcing penal provisions under section-20. The Information Seekers feel they were pushed to the dead end. There is a common feeling that no appeal lies against the decision of State Information Commissioner. Let us examine it.
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    • Instances that involve disclosure of sensitive information, it may be rationale for the CPIO to ask for citizenship proof
      Information Commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha held that seeking citizenship proof in case of demand of sensitive information is justified but seeking a signed copy of the application does not seem appropriate as the online portal does not mandate uploading of signatures.
       
      Sinha was hearing the plea of an Odisha-based RTI applicant who had sought from the Army information regarding implementation of rules under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 in all defence establishments.
      The Army did not provide any information to the applicant, the CIC noted. Akhand approached the Commission with a complaint that the central public information officer (CPIO) of the Army has demanded a signed copy of his online RTI application as well as identity proof before providing him the records.
      “In this regard, it may be noted that as far as CPIO’s request for citizenship proof is concerned, the same is not questioned as Commission in its prior decision(s) has held the view that Armed Forces stand on a slightly different footing as there may be instances that involve disclosure of sensitive information, and for such reasons it may be rationale for the CPIO to ask for citizenship proof,” Sinha noted.
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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).

      Addendum_To_CIC_2nd_appeal_28th_February_2020.pdfThis RTI site, in particular Karira-ji, has been very helpful to me in the course of this long episode thru countless RTI queries. And I am grateful for that from the bottom of my heart. I am confident we will see quite a few PhD dissertations using this database within the next few years.

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