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  1. Let me ask you a question as easy as ABC but the point is you have to answer it with appropriate evidence and proof . So here we go ..... Who is the Prime Minister of India ? Its seems to be a Kindergarten Level question . Isn't it! . But the tough nut to crack is you have to provide adequate evidence for the same . Most of us are not fortunate enough to personally meet Mr Modi Or visit 7RCR . So from where did we came to know that Alia Bhat Is not Prime Minister but the Prime Minister of India is Shri Narendra Modi ......... May be from TV ,Radio , Newspapers, Magazine , I
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  2. WHY DO INFORMATION COMMISSIONERS NOT IMPOSE PENALTY? ICs are under the wrong impression that it is their discretion to levy or not to levy penalty at their will. In fact, once the breach of RTI Act is committed and not reasonably explained, the penalty must follow. ICs are afraid because if they levy penalties, the serving govt officers may dig out their [ICs] misdoings when ICs were in service and ICs may have to face investigating agencies post-retirement. ICs want to follow the line of action and guidance given by political appointees. ICs are attitudinally condi
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  3. 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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  4. भारत में आज भी गांव के 80% लोग अनपढ़ है उन्हें अपने अधिकार भी नहीं मालूम वो नहीं जानते की भारत सरकार ने उनके लिए कौन सी योजनाएं बनाई है भारत सरकार की ओर से लाभान्वित योजनाएं जो उसने गांवों में रह रहे गरंवसियों के लिए बनाती है उसमें सिर्फ 10% पढ़े लिखे सिक्षित लोगों का कब्ज़ होता है और वो लोग इन अनजान और सीधे सादे लोगों को इन योजनाओं के बारे में नहीं बताते ग्राम प्रधान हो या कोटेदार या फिर कोई भी अधिकारी हो अपनी मन मानी करते हैं अब बताए कि जिसे अपने अधिकार नहीं मालूम जो एक पोलिस वाले के सामने तेज आवाज में बात नहीं कर सकते उन लोगों को क्या पता सूचना का अधिकार क्या होता है उन्हें तो ये भी नहीं मा
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  5. garg0505 J Posted 12 hours ago On appointment of transparency officer I obtained this information from RTI foundation web ite in this regard a circular was also issued by DOPT. In the W.P.(C)3327/2012 (Union of India V. Central Information Commissioner and Ors.), Hon'ble Mr. Justice V.K. Jain has dismissed the writ petition. The bench observed “No one was present for the petitioner on the last date of hearing. No one is present for the petitioner today. The writ petition is dismissed in default and for non-prosecution” Following the rejection of the petiti
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  6. The Right to Information Act 2005 empowers every citizen to ask for information from Government Organisations. This information can be about your own personal case or more complex Government Policy. The Act also empowers us to take photocopies of the Government records and also online data in a form of CD. However, often PIO being Government Servant who perhaps is also the custodian of the information has a conflict of interest in giving out such information. Every Government Official at one point or the other has been trained to deceive politely. The RTI reply is no exception. Many times
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  7. What are some of the shocking, weirdest, silliest RTI requests made in India? As Abraham Lincoln said “Government is of the people, by the people, for the people” The government is our servant and we have no duty to explain why we seek information from them. The government holds all the information in our behalf, in trust. Like a banker can’t ask you why you want to see your bank account statement, similarly the government can’t deny if you ask them how they are governing our country. With the mechanism of RTI we can actually participate in the working of the government. RTI or
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  8. RTI applicants face the problem of language of reply, especially if the information is sought from other states. I had sought information from BBMP [municipalcorporation] Bengaluru and had requested that information be supplied in English. However, I received a reply in Kannada and I had to email to my relative to translate it. I append below relevant extract from a judgment of High Court of Uttarakhand. I infer that information supplied in language which the applicant does not understand is no information. PIO should supply either in English, Hindi or State language of PIO as per th
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  9. 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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  10. Please refer attachment which can be used while filing first or second appeal for denial of information quoting section 7.9 of RTI Act [Disproportionate diversion of resources] Disproportionate Diversion of Resources under RTI Act 2005 Section 7 (9) of RTI Act 2005 reads as under: In following cases it has been decided by CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION, NEW DELHI that Section 7(9) of the Act does not provide ground for denial of information. 1. Decision No. CIC/OP/A/ 2009/ 000204-AD dated 12-01- 2010 2. Decision dated 12-03-2009 in appeal No.CIC/ WB/ A/ 2007/010
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  11. WHAT AFTER DECISION BY CENTRAL/STATE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER There are 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 dead end. There is a common feeling that no appeal lies against decision of State Information Commissioner. Let us exam
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Many Grant in Aid Colleges of State Ignoring Implementation of Important sub clause 4 (1) (b) of RTI : Study Need to make RTI Training Mandatory for College Employees Nagpur. A study conducted by a renowned RTI expert Shri Naveen Mahesh Kumar Agarwal, Registrar, Dada Ramchand Bakhru SIndhu Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur reveals that most of the grant in aid colleges in the state are ignoring the implementation of a very important section 4 (1) (b) of the Right to Information Act according to which it is mandatory for every public authority to upload the information about the stipulated 17
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  15. दादा रामचंद बाखरू सिंधु महाविद्यालय के रजिस्ट्रार नवीन अग्रवाल राजस्थान में सूचना अधिकार का प्रशिक्षण देंगे कोटा विश्वविद्यालय द्वारा आयोजित कार्यशाला में मुख्य वक्ता के रूप में आमंत्रित नागपुर। दादा रामचंद बाखरू सिंधु महाविद्यालय के रजिस्ट्रार एवं जाने माने सूचना अधिकार विशेषज्ञ श्री नवीन महेशकुमार अग्रवाल को सूचना का अधिकार विषय पर आयोजित कार्यशाला में राजस्थान के कोटा विश्वविद्यालय द्वारा मुख्य वक्ता (Keynote Speaker) के रूप में आमंत्रित किया गया है, कार्यशाला का आयोजन दि. २७/०२/२०२० को कोटा विश्वविद्यालय स्थित कुलपति सचिवालय के सेमीनार हॉल में किया गया है जिसमें विश्वविद
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  16. 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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  17. Why Indian “Secularism” Is So Distorted ? Indian intelligentsia and media are in love with the word “secularism”; it is taken as a sign of being liberal and progressive. But when you look at their discourse, you soon begin to see signs of their empty brains. Whenever they pretend to be championing the cause of ‘secularism’, they are either deriding Hindus by calling them communal or pretending to be the advocates of minorities (for all practical purposes, minority in India mostly means the Muslim community and occasionally the Christians). If you ask me, “Are there no other minority
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  18. I have compiled guidelines to be followed while undertaking inspection of records under RTI. The same is attached herewith. GUIDELINES FOR INSPECTION UNDER RTI 1. Even if you do not desire to carry out an actual inspection of records, invariably request as under in RTI application: This will have deterring effect on PIO against providing false information. 2. If you are not very conversant with the language of record or have any other disability, please also add the following sentence in RTI application: 3. When you get permission for inspection from PIO, FAA or
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  19. कानून जिसे इंसानों की रक्षा के लिए बनाया गया है उसी कानून को बड़े बड़े अधिकारियों द्वारा नेताओं मंत्रियों सांसदों विधायकों और माफियाओं का गुलाम बनया जा रहा है सूचना का अधिकार अधिनियम 2005 में पारित हुआ जिसे आम आदमी का अधिकार कहा जाता है ये कानून इस लिए बनाया गया ताकि भ्रष्टाचार पर अंकुश लगाया जा सके मगर आज स्थिति ऐसी हो गई है कि यूपी जैसे राज्यों में इसका कोई प्रभाव नहीं है आज भी यहां सूचना मिल पाती और अगर किसी ने संसद विधायक या किसी अधिकारी से संबंधित सूचना मांगने की कोशिश करता है तो उसे डराया जाता है उसको और उसके परिवार को झूठे केस में फंसाया जाता है इस सबके बावजूद आरटीआई कार्यकर्
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  20. How to Stop Corruption? Corruption is one of the most disruptive problems faced by the world and it needs to stop without further damage to the humanity so as to have a better future for the coming generation. Corruption is a disease, a cancer that eats into the cultural, political and economic fabric of society, and destroys the functioning of vital organs. In the words of Transparency International, “Corruption is one of the greatest challenges of the contemporary world. It undermines good government, fundamentally distorts public policy, leads to the misallocation of resources, harm
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  21. Critical Analysis of Supreme Court Judgements on the RTI Act, 2005 By Shailesh Gandhi, Former Central Information Commissioner Judgment : Reserve Bank of India Vs. Jaynatilal N. Mistry & Ors. (2016) 3 SCC 525 This is a landmark judgement given by Apex Court on 16 December, 2015 and it must be included since it is the first clear pro-transparency judgement after the advent of the RTI Act. A bench of Justice M.Y. Eqbal and C. Nagappan delivered the most significant judgment on the law and laid down standards of transparency in line with the letter and
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  22. In a given Public Authority, there may be several Public Information Officers & First Appellate Authorities, And therefore, a PIO, in his response to a RTI Application, should inform a RTI Applicant about the particulars of the correct & concerned First Appellate Authority. But in case a PIO does not do so, then a RTI Applicant should file a First Appeal, as follows: 1. Visit the Public Authority's website and try and look for the details of the concerned First Appellate Authority (FAA) under RTI link, especially in section 4 declaration. 2. If despite reasonabl
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  23. RTI FOR EPF ACCOUNT BALANCE A large number of information seekers approach RTI India Forum seeking help in filing RTI Application regarding the missing credit of EPF, lost transit case of EPF during transfer etc. RTI can be effectively used to obtain information in such cases as mentioned below: The following documents / information can be sought from the PIO. The employee himself can file RTI Application before the PIO of Employees Provident Fund Organization under whose jurisdiction the Employer Company falls. An RTI Application filed by any other person other than the employ
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  24. I am attaching list of successful consumer complaints at various District Consumer Forums. List of Decisions of Consumer Forum as of 20-01-2012 Hon’ble District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forums as under have ordered supply of information and compensation to applicants of RTI Act 2005: Decision dated 30.11.2011 of II Addl Bangalore in CC/1714/2011, Decision dated 19/05/2011 of Faridkot in CC/102/2011. Decision dated 09/11/2011 of Ludhiana in CC/ 662/2011. Decision dated 25/03/2011 of Tuticorin in CC/59/2010. Decision dated 29/04/2011of Vizianagaram in C
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  25. Of late I am receiving messages seeking clarification as to how to calculate period within which information should be received, where other charges are payable. I clarify as under: Suppose an RTI application contains following types of queries: a. Queries which require no other charges: Information should be mailed within 30 days from the date of receipt by PIO. These queries should not be delayed for other charges payment. b. Queries pertaining to other public authorities: They should be transferred within 5 days of receipt by PIO to other public authorities. c.
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  26. How many times have you been asked to inspect the document when you have never requested? Ideally, if you have not applied for inspection of the document and the information requested is not voluminous, PIO should not ask the applicant to come for inspection of the document. PIO Acts that makes you hate RTI ACT But naturally, it is not the way. It is an easy way for PIO to first Get to know who is an actual RTI Applicant Intimidate the applicant by various means Evading the actual reply 1. Get to know who is an actual RTI Applicant: Many times the RTI A
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  27. Dear friends, One of my very learned friends suggested me to express my views on each and every section of this portal. I generally do it but the area which requires more attention is sometimes under my preference. I thought again and again to this suggestion. Do you consider it a worthy idea? It is like tasting all the menu instead of eating the favourite one. Thanks for your response.
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  28. The expression ‘public authority’ has been defined u/s 2 (h) of the RTI Act but the word ‘authority’ has not been defined under the said Act. In fact, the word ‘authority’ has not been defined under any law for the time being in force. Therefore, the word ‘authority’ requires to be construed as per the rulings of constitutional courts. It may be apt to mention that in Som Prakash Rekhi vs. Union of India (1981) 1 SCC 449, the Supreme Court observed as follows:- “27. Control by Government of the corporation is writ large in the Act and in the factum of being a Government company. Moreover, he
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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. Please be aware that the PIO's decision is not the final word in a given matter and that as a RTI Applicant you have an access to three tier hierarchical system by way of first and then second appeal under the RTI Act, as described below: > RTI Application u/s. 6(1) with the PIO, > Not received the information / not satisfied with information supplied by PIO / no decision by PIO, > File a First Appeal u/s. 19(1) with the concerned First Appellate Authority (FAA), > Still not received the information / not satisfied with decision of FAA / no decision by FAA >
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  32. ZONE - I A – WARD, 134 – E, S.B.S. Marg, Fort, Mumbai – 400 001. Tel: (022) - 2266 1353 / 2260 7000 Extn: 7070 / 7022. B – WARD, 121, Ramchandra Bhatt Marg, Opp. J. J. Hospital, Mumbai – 400 009. Tel: (022) - 2378 0133, 23736622, 23794000 C – WARD, 76, Shrikant Palekar Marg, Off Chandanwadi, Marine Lines (E), Mumbai – 400 002. Tel: (022) - 22055450, 22014022, 22014000, 23424669 D – WARD, Jobariputra Compound, Near Shastri Hall, Mumbai – 400 007. Tel: (022) - 23861426, 23864000 E – Ward, Shaikh Hafizuddin Marg, Next to Byculla Fire Stn., Mumbai – 400
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  33. Very encouraging step on the part of union Govt,similaraly we expect all the state Govt,s and judiciary of counrty will. issue similer direction for the broder and effctive implementation of Golden Law that is the RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT..The Govtof india must be appreciated for this exempellary and positive decision.
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  34. HOW CAN YOU BE BENEFITTED? If your ordinary application is long pending with any government dept/office or you are not getting satisfactory replies/action, or bribe is being demanded, you can lodge application under this act and ask the following questions/information: A] Please inform me the present status of my application dated ______photocopy of which is enclosed herewith? B] Give me the names, designations, place of present posting of officers/employees who have handled my said application with details of date of receipt and date of final action by the concerned person; from
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