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    Relevant para: Decision of the Commission Any person (even non advocate) can appear on behalf of information seeker Appearance has to be authorised by the Commission Person appearing can charge consideration for his/her appearance PIO can be represented by Advocate Any party can be represented by an Advocate Coming to practice many High Courts appointed a permanent counsel before Information commissions (State/Central) and they handle each and every case pertaining to any court in the state. In case of CIC, in some cases two advocates represent one for PIO and another FAA of High court. Those senior counsels appoint junior most and he spends entire time at ICs office and manage their affairs. One can understand the time and expenses involved as it takes minimum two days for any CPIO attending to CIC, but CPIO not personally attending the cases is not proper implementation of RTI. The attendance is a routine matter and there is no such thing as authorisation. Infact no one verifies even such letters.
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    Make a complaint to State Information Commission, establish that temple as Public authority stating all such requisites and major contributions by Government. Get that appeal decision and study before once again going to IC.
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    Please check the RTI template available for seeking information on roads, on the following link, and see if it helps: https://righttoinformation.wiki/guide/applicant/application/sample/road-work
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    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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    "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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    The application drafted by Hon'ble Prasad Ji is excellent, however, there is just one small correction, the DoPT Rules (which pertain to Central Govt.) are not applicable to a State Govt. unless the place is a union territory. So you can say: 1/Please provide me photocopies of General Diary from 1st May, 2020 to 30th Jun,2020 with due certification as per section 2(1)(j) of the RTI Act, maintained at.................PS as expeditiously as possible. The necessary fees will be paid after receiving such calculation sheet from SPIO.
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    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. In case you have problems locating your PIO/APIO you can address your RTI application to the PIO C/o Head of Department and send it to the concerned Public Authority with the requisite application fee. The Head of Department will have to forward your application to the concerned PIO. Do not address your RTI application to the PIO by his name, just in case he gets transferred or a new PIO is designated in his place. 2. Preparing to draft an RTI application: a) Carefully read Sections 2(f), 2(i) and 2(j) of the RTI Act, which defines the “information”, “record” and “right to information”. Your request for information should contain as many words as possible form these three basic definitions. b) Read the relevant RTI Rules (either for the Centre, State or Courts) which are applicable to the public authority from whom you seek information. These rules will indicate the quantum of fees, the mode of payment of fees, any special application format to be followed, etc. Follow these RTI rules to the letter “T”. c) Remember to always use a white sheet of paper to write an application. Use of note sheet or the Court stamp paper should be avoided. Use of letterhead for asking information can also be made. However, avoid using your official designation or title and simple sign with your name. The RTI application can be either written by hand or typed. There is no compulsion of typing the content. The application should be easy to read and well legible. 3. Why do you need the information? First, ask yourself why you need the information ? Unless you have an answer to this question, there is no point in requesting for the information in the first place. What is the issue you are facing? What information needs to be asked to help in getting the issue resolved? A good indication is the preamble of the RTI Act which states that three main objectives of the Act are: Increase Transparency in the functioning of the Government Hold the Government accountable for its actions or inaction Reduce corruption If your application seeks information which covers these objectives, then there is little chance of it being rejected. 4. What will you do with the “information”, once you get it ? Now that you know why you need the information, you need to also decide what will you do with the information, once you get it. Are you going to get it published in the media, will you use it in a court case, is it for furthering your case in your office, is it to get some wrong corrected? The answers to these questions will help you decide what exact information to ask for as well as in what form to request the information. For example, if you want to use the documents obtained under RTI in a court case, it is advisable to ask for “certified copies”. If you want to give media coverage to a particular issue, then you must ask for information on a current issue of larger public interest. 5. Ask for only “information” ! Try to draft an RTI application that DOES NOT disclose the overall nature of the problem in your mind. It MUST NOT give a glimpse of what you intend to do with the requested information e.g. register police complaints, approach investigating agencies, file a PIL etc. Also, your RTI application MUST NOT indicate how badly you want the information, and therefore, please don’t mention anything such as When you write an RTI application, you must try to gain only information i.e. copies of relevant records and documents, you must not try to gain sympathy, respect etc. Your application should look like a shopping-list of documents. Name documents that you are requesting by using words from Sec 2(f) and Sec 4(1)(b) of the RTI Act – reports, logbooks, emails, advices, rules, regulations, manuals etc. Only after exhausting these should you use other similar names e.g. quality audit reports, correspondence etc. In case this information is denied, the similarity of wording will help you to convince appellate authorities that your requested information is “records” and “information” that must be mandatorily given. There is absolutely no need to give any background, reasons, etc. for seeking information. Don’t make your application sound like a letter of complaint or a letter-to-the-editor. Don’t preface it with a covering letter or an introductory paragraph. RTI applications should be emotionless and bland. No Ramayana, no Mahabharat – just ask for “information” – plain and simple. 6. Be specific in asking for “information” and avoid vague expressions and requests: While filing an RTI application, the framing of the questions is very important. A slight misunderstanding or vague questions gives the PIO a chance to reject your application. Avoid vague expressions and requests such as: Why did I not get my Ration card? What is the present status of issue of my Ration card? Give me .action-taken report Words like “status” and “action” are open to interpretation, and usually, fail to point towards any particular document; they can mean different things to different persons like applicant, PIO, APIO and appellate authorities. In most cases, there is no such document called “action-taken report” in existence, and therefore, the PIO cannot be rightly asked under RTI to generate such a document in reply to your application; PIO can only be asked to give you copy of a document that exists. The right way is to ask for signed and stamped copy of all correspondence till date in the matter of your complaint, including memos, emails, covering letters for forwarding your complaint etc. Ask for copy of logbook or any other book where details of your complaint are entered, marked to specific officers for their investigation and action. Ask for a copy of all their remarks, feedback, reports etc. If the case on your complaint is closed, ask for the closing remarks of the officer concerned. Give particulars of the project to build XYZ. What “particulars” do you want? Engineering drawings? Budgets? Financial projections? Feasibility reports? Consultants’ studies? This is not clear. Don’t leave it to the PIO to decide what documents to include and what to leave out. Be specific and name the documents that you want copied. Make it difficult for the PIO to loosely interpret your request. Similarly, do not ask information about a future event – like By what date will my passport be delivered? The PIO is not an astrologer to predict the date of delivery of your passport. But do not be the jockey of a journalist to solicit opinion, advice or action on an issue. RTI is not meant for hypothetical or subjective questions. Your query may end up being disqualified. 7. How long should your RTI application be ? Do not make your application very long. The Central Government has set a 500 word limit for each application. Some state governments and legislatures have set a limit of only 150 words and ONE subject matter per application. Ideally your RTI application should not be more than one A4 size paper sheet – after all your objective is to get “information” and not to test the PIO in collecting maximum information in the shortest possible time ! If you put three related queries in one application, you may get answers to all of them. If you pack thirty queries instead, chances are slim that you will get satisfactory information on any. Put yourselves in the shoes of the Public Information Officer (PIO); what would you do if you saw a lengthy RTI application that asks endless questions and supplementary questions? If I were the PIO, I would endlessly postpone looking at the application, and then go out of my way to justify the delay or denial. Wouldn’t you? Think that you are a PIO, and then think about how to draft an RTI application that you would like to give a reply to without any delay. A single lengthy application may scare and overwhelm the PIO, and tempt him to throw it into his drawer. He will hesitate and postpone searching for the information. Instead, send a small, manageable RTI application with only 3-4 questions. Then, after you receive a reply to that, send another one… and another. Or maybe, many applicants can file small applications seeking related information, at the same time. 8. Specify the period for which information is sought Don’t be over-ambitious. For an RTI applicant, it is very easy to write a question like, “Give copies of all licenses issued from January 1981 till date” or “provide a list of all vehicles registered in your RTO since 1990”. For the PIO, this means searching 25 or 30 years of files and records. Older files may have been put into basements or buried under tons of old dusty files. Therefore, please ask yourself whether you REALLY need data that is so old, or whether you are just trying to satisfy an academic curiosity. Don’t request 30 years data if five years data will suffice for your purposes. Don’t ask for five years data if six months data is sufficient. 9. Ascertain if the information is already available: Before shooting off your RTI application ascertain if the information you are seeking is already available in the public domain. After the advent of the RTI Act, many public authorities have already uploaded mountains of information on their website. Search for the information on the internet – even if the information you seek might not be available on the public authority’s website, it might be available elsewhere. Some other RTI activist might have asked for the same information and released it to the media. Do a thorough search before drafting your RTI application. 10. Exhaust all possible means of grievance redressal before using RTI: If there is a pending issue or a grievance for which you want to use RTI, first exhaust all possible means of redressing that grievance by already available means, like reminder letters, letters to the head of the public authority, public grievance portals, etc. Only if you have exhausted all means of grievance redressal, use RTI as the last resort. Some Government departments have indicated fixed time limits for certain issues in their respective citizen charters. For example, the if the Income Tax department states that it takes 9 months from the end of the financial year to refund your excess tax, then obviously there is no point in filing a RTI application before that time limit. 11. General: Never draft an RTI application when you are in an angry, revengeful or even a bad mood. Such applications are bound to fail. Relax, get back to normal and then only pick up a paper and pen to prepare your first application draft. After you have written down your first draft of RTI application (or complaint or anything else), let it cool down in your drawer for a couple of days. Then take a re-look and think about making improvements. Ask a friend or colleague to have a look and give you suggestions. Can the friend understand what are you asking for ? Does he find it easy to understand? There is no harm in redrafting the application several times before you get to the final version. Seek help and guidance from RTI activists and experts, who will guide you to draft a correct application. Many websites on the internet also guide RTI applicants during the RTI process. All such guidance is free, so why not make maximum use of it ?
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    Post the relevance to context -Uttar Pradesh rules are available in our forum. Search.
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    Is this query and neighbour's fight are inter related ? If so you can ask the police to demand for filing their documents
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    They feel that they are the most busiest persons and they wanted to help you both and who ever prevails more can get benefit. When you have given complaint, it was registered. When he has given, they have registered his complaint also. Impartial. This is the problem with neighbours fights. No one can get justice and they with their families for further generations live like enemies. Not connected to RTI. Contact advocate and protect yourself.
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    Registration records are treated as Public records. Any citizen can file prescribed application for seeking such copy and must provide full details like SurveyNo....extent House NO....Assessment No document No, year. The maximum costs for getting such certified copy may not be more than Rs.250/-. You can go to jurisdictional registrar office, and there are consultants that can help you and get such CC within a day. The issue is not simple as you think. Possession and enjoyment is more important further to title. Also obtain EC for 12 years. Always use professional services of Advocates or consultants in those money matters where you invested hard earned and precious money in assets.
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    Yes Sunil ji, you have understood my question correctly and thanks for the response, I'll consider the 2nd appeal, asap Thanks to both of you 😊
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    Prasad Ji, If I understand it correctly, the poster has stated that the FAA has approved his first appeal and directed the PIO to provide all the requested information, however, now the PIO is taking umbrage under the pretext that: Yes the FAA has passed an order but I shall not provide the information for the time being since Covid19 is going on. So now the PIO is not denying information but is delaying to provide it on the ground of Covid19 .. therefore the question of the poster maybe: What can be done about it?
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    For learning RTI, it takes just one hour through this forum. No legal expertise is necessary to know about RTI and every one and any one can become expert in RTI within few hours by becoming members and reading very few sections in RTI that is relevant and contents are just one page of A4 page.
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    Believe me, you can get things done and instead of depending on others, you can teach RTI to others if you become a member and seek guidance. The promoters of the forum kept a treasure of knowledge and you can mine each and every thing in RTI from this mine. Learn and teach-Never depend on others..Do not spend time and money never depend on any outsiders.
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    Sir, Public property was registered by neighbors as an ancestral property of them. I have applied certified copies read all the pages no survey number is mentioned in that registered property no link document attached to that property. May i file RTI regrading this issue to Sub registrar office to provide the certified copies of link documents which were not registered this information i have asked to Sub registrar office to provide certified copies of the link documents they said is not possible to provide the link document deed is not registered and also may i also file a RTI application reason for not mentioning survey number on that registered property. Is their any possibility is there to file complaint against Sub registrar for above issue , after registering the document if there is any possibility to cancel the registered deed on above higher officials of Sub registrar . Thank you.
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    RTI is not that easy, and by clicking a button you can never get information on second appeal. It may take more than 2 years for the present or more and the result in your favour is uncertain. So, it is most necessary to construct such second appeal. When you have your own reservations to upload query, and resonse without names, we feel sorry for not guiding you precisely.
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    I am sorry, some thing is missing in communicating the facts. FIR is a public document that has to be uploaded in website and the denial of such FIR copy under Sec. 8 (1) (j) is unknown. 8 (1) (j) is on providing of information of third party and while denying information, the PIO is expected to obtain Third party comments also.Without such justification and third party comments, the denial is not proper. This is certainly a good ground for appeal. (You have in your first post stated that information was denied on pending investigation point) The First Appellate Authority is a superior over Public Information officer and they both belong to one dept., In view of this if appellant is not satisfied with FAA orders, he must go for second appeal if the information is urgent and important. The purpose and objective of second appeal is to assure citizens that there is an indepedent party that can take care of citizen's right, You have neither copied and pasted information part or PIO reply part and give different versions of denial in different posts and want whether CIC can entertain the second appeal. If it is Police, the FAA order stipulate as to the Second appeal authority and his address. Defnitely it is not CIC and it must be State information commission (if not UT) RTI bare act can be downloaded free or a book in your mother tongue can be purchased. Please go through Sec.8 and Sec.19 and learn basics as you can teach others also.
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    Unless you specify the information exactly solicited by you and exact PIO reply it is difficult to guide. It is true that when the investigation is in progress, PIO need not provide information as per Sec.8 (1) as providing information may impede the progress of investigation.. The most important point here is the justification part. PIO has to explain as to how providing that information can impede the progress of investigation. If he fails to give justification, it amounts to deliberate and malafide denial and you can prefer second appeal to State Information Commission.
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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. Addendum_To_CIC_2nd_appeal_28th_February_2020.pdf Second_Addendum_w_Appendices_29th_Feb_2020.pdf CIC-SEBIH-A-2017-139953-BJ.pdf Third_Addendum to Additional Submission for RTI Second Appeal_2nd_March_2020.pdf To_CIC_2nd_appeal_27th_February_2020_Redacted.pdf Draft_Talking_Points_for_the_Hearing.pdf From_SEBI_Written Submiissions - Murugappa Krishnan 139953.pdf thanking_CIC_post_decision_Redacted.pdf
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    If there was a system of providing certified copies for a fee, before enactment of RTI, it should prevail. There was such a procedure of providing certified copies of registered documents at Registrar's office prior to 2005. So Registrar office for getting certified copies is beyond ambit of RTI Act. To get certified copies of any documents basic necessities are Year. Registration No. Book No... volume No....Folio No. Without these basic facilities, you can not get any certified copies. However certain professional can search the records and find out the details and only professionals can do that. The search fees are nominal. Even in RTI you have to specify minimum details . Unless a document is registered you can never get an entry in Registrar's books. The only source is revenue dept., the neighbours old documents that state the owners of their boundaries. The document registered can be filed only by Court on filing a declaration suit. If it is a public property, and if there is no claim, it becomes the property of the possessor who is enjoying the property for 30 years. First chart out a plan and make written complaint to that Public authority that owned the land and send it by registered post. First step. After one month file RTI Application seeking information under RTI Act on action taken on your complaint and developments, with present status. With all this, file a PIL before High court and let the law take its time.
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    First Appeal dt.9th Jun, 2020 under RTI Act Before : First Appellate Authority, Indian Oil Corporation, .... Against: CPIO, Indian Oil Corporation. Appellant: ......................... Grounds for appeal: CPIO has not applied his mind properly and evaded information. 1.The agreement with such dealer is uniform and not exclusive between that dealer and IOC alone. When it is uniform format, providing such format in no way harms such competitive position. The agreement between a Central GOvt PSU and a public utility dealer is never a document of commercial confidence as there is no economical or intellectual property secrets or rights. This is uniform format and many oil companies since enactment provided such format . CPIO rejecting without justification is not proper and legal. 2.The delivery slips are enclosed for information of FAA. There is no clarity and CPIO may be advised to provide such slips that are clear and legible. 3.Area of operation is not linked to agreement. Every Central Govt. PSU must release advertisement and specify in notification about the jurisdiction of the appointed dealer and this jurisdiction is in no way connected to agreement at any stretch of imagination. It appears that CPIO is bent upon denying information and invented such absurd excuse to deny information. There should be clear demarkation of jurisdiction and public must know the jurisdiction of any dealer. 4.There is no response to Q4..CPIO must either provide the information or deny information stating such exemption in Sec. 8 (1) with justification. CPIO has neither provided information nor denied information and remained silent and this is treated as deliberate, malafide and deemed denial. Prayer: Appellant prays for directions to CPIO for providing the information as expeditiously as possible free of cost. Appellant.
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    File on line application to RBI and seek information as follows: Subject on information sought: Latest directives/guidelines on maintenance of ATMS for convenience of Public. Information solicited: 1.Please provide the copy of latest notification/circular/guidelines/directives on maintenance of ATMS for the use of Public by Commercial Banks. If you are a customer of ICICI, lodge on line grievance.
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    You have to list out the files not provided for inspection and get such acknowledgment. You ought to have clear idea of files to be inspected. The following guidance was specifically given to you and there is no such listing out of files not provided. Now you may file a complaint to CIC and take a chance. Make this complaint a copy to CPIO and FAA. Hon'ble Information Commissioner, Central Information COmmission, New Delhi. File No... Decision No...dt. Public Authority: Complainant: Complaint on not providing of important files for inspection as per CIC decision. 1.In larger public interest, as per CIC decision, CPIO has permitted inspection on........................ 2.This is to inform that " ammonia storage' certain safety precautions to avoid hazard to workers and Public. The following are some of the documents that must be present in the file but those documents that speak of safety precautions were not present in the file. i ii iii 3.CPIO was asked about those documents that are mandatory to sfafeguard the health of public and workers and CPIO has informed that he has shown all the documents that are in the files. 4.It is submitted that the very purpose of inspection under RTI is defeated, when certain information is withheld to conceal and suppress information that affects public health. 5.Complainant prays for directions to CPIO to provide inspection of the above documents. Complainant. COPY to CPIO: Please take this as complaint and also as fresh RTI with specific purpose of studying the mandatory files/documents that are required for safety of Ammonium tank. Necessary fees will be paid immediately at the time of such visit after receiving such permission for inspection for the second time..
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    Your query is in the nature of seeking a legal advice, kindly post it on an appropriate online forum where legal advises are offered alternately you may get in touch with an advocate in your locality. This forum is dedicated for queries pertaining to seeking information under the Right to Information Act, 2005.
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    You may file a first appeal with the grounds, that you had asked for specific information, that invoking section 2(j)(i) for inspection of information is a prerogative of a citizen, and that a PIO cannot compel an applicant to take inspection before providing the same.
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    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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    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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    DoPT issued clarifications, revisiting its previous instructions on uploading RTI Applications, Appeals and decisions on official website of public authorities vide its OM No. 1/1/2013/IR dated 07/10/2016. DoPT Clarified that the personal details of RTI applicant/appellant should not be disclosed as they do not serve any public interest. It is further clarified that the personal details would include name, designation, address,e-mail id and telephone no. including mobile no. of the applicant. Copy of the OM can be accessed here >> http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02rti/1_1_2013-IR-07102016.pdf
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    Please refer to the blog on the following link and prepare the grounds of your first appeal: http://jps50.blogspot.com/2014/06/justification-for-reasons-for-denial.html
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