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  1. how to find the name and address of the mobile number
  2. Hi, I have an EPF number provided by EPFO, Hyderabad, Andhra pradesh. How can i check my balance as of now any time? Please give me the details. Thanks, Amjath
  3. Application Form for RTI-Central Format of application for obtaining information under the Right to Information Act, 2005 To, The Central Public information Officer, (Name of the Office with Address) (1) Full name of Applicant: Mr./Mrs./Ms. (2) Address: (3) Particulars of the information required (i) Subject matter of Information: (ii) The period to which the information relates: (iii) Description of the information required: (iv) Whether the information is required by post or in person: (the actual postal charges shall be included in additional fees) (v) In case by post (Ordinary, Registered or Speed): (4) Whether the applicant is below poverty line (if yes, attach the photocopy of the proof thereof.) Place: Signature of the Applicant Date: Fee of Rs.10/- sent in cash/by moneyorder/ by payorder no.……………………. ANNEXURE “B” Affix here Court Fee Stamp [see rule 5(1) of Maharashtra Right to Information Rules,2005] Fee Stamp of Rs. 20/- Appeal under section 19 (1) of the Right to Information Act, 2005. From : Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Appellant’s name and address) To : The Appellate Authority & (Name/designation/address of the Appellate authority) (1) Full name of the Appellant : Mr./Mrs./Ms. (2) Address : (3) Particulars of the State Public Information Officer : (4) Date of receipt of the order appealed against : (if order passed) (5) Last date for filing the appeal : (6) The grounds for appeal (7) Particulars of information-- (i) Nature and subject matter of the information required : (ii) Name of the office or Department to which the information relates : Place : Date : Signature of Appellant. ANNEXURE “C” Fee Affix here Court Stamp Rs.20 [see rule 5(2) of Maharashtra Right to Information Rules,2005] Second Appeal under section 19 (3) of the Right to Information Act, 2005. From : Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Appellant’s name and address) To : The State Information Commission, 13th Floor, New Administrative Bldg., M. Cama Marg, opp. Mantralaya, Mumbai 400032. (1) Full name of the Appellant : Mr./Mrs./Ms. (2) Address : (3) Particulars of State Public Information Officer : (4) Particulars of the First Appellate Authority : (5) Date of receipt of the order appealed against : (6) Last date for filing the appeal : (6) The grounds for appeal : (7) Particulars of information-- (i) Nature and subject matter of the information required : (ii) Name of the office or Department to which the information relates : Place : Date : Signature of Appellant. FORM OF APPEAL TO CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION Second Appeal under section 19 (3) of the Right to Information Act, 2005. From : Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Appellant’s name and address) To : The Central Information Commission, Block No 4 (5th floor), Old JNU Campus, New Delhi 110067 (1) Full name of the Appellant : Mr./Mrs./Ms. (2) Address : (3) Particulars of Central Public Information Officer : (4) Particulars of the First Appellate Authority : (5) Date of receipt of the order appealed against : ( If order passed) (6) Last date for filing the appeal : (7) The grounds for appeal : (8) Particulars of information-- (i) Nature and subject matter of the information required : (ii) Name of the office or Department to which the information relates : (9) True copies of the following documents are enclosed: Place : Date : Signature of Appellant. HEMA SAMPAT
  4. All new comers to the portal: pls note that address details of mobile numbers are available only to law enforcement agencies Dear Sir, I am a student and i am getting problem with a number because i am getting missedcalls from that number and i don't know him and when i try to talk with him he uses valgur language. I am very tolerate with this. So Please Sir tell me any WebSide to find out his Address and Identity. Thank you, Gaurav Giri
  5. How we can find out Name & address by Mobile number ?
  6. There is no time bar taking refill cylinder Most of Gas distributors do not book the cylinder before a periodd of say more than n 20 days after the cylinder has been supplied. But there is no such bar. Through a RTI Application I have confirmed from the Oil Companies. as details below. Since the issue is related to all of us and all over India. Please provide maximum publicity to the issue in the larger benefit of all Gas users. On 14th Nov.2009 I filed a RTI Application with Various Oil Companies to which I have received following reply: Q:-Copy of rules for refilling of Gas Cylinder both for domestic & Commercial specifying the time gap between receipt of filled up Gas Cylinder and Re-booking of refill. INDIA OIL COPORATION LTD Sector 19 A Chandigarh through PIO-cum-Dy. Gen Manager (LPG) vide Letter NO.PSO/LPG/RTI dated 16th Dec.2009 informed as under Refill can be booked as and when required by a customer to meet his/her genuine requirement of LPG for domestic cooking purpose. No time gap has been specified between the date of supply of a domestic LPG cylinder and the date for booking of the next refill. The same is also true for commercial LPG supplies HINDUSTAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION LIMITED lpg Regional Office at Rohtak Road Jind-126012 through Chief Regional Manager cum-CPIO Jind LPG RO Letter NO.LPG/SM/RTI dated 12.12.2009 informed as under : There is no time bar taking refill cylinder. However it should be used for Domestic cooking by genuine domestic customer. There is no time bar for Non Domestic refill R K Garg Convener RTI Chandigarh
  7. Ok! a very pertinent question. Pre-requisites: Information about Public Information officer, name, address e.t.c. Locate central Government PIO's here! 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. http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/ask-rti-query/126-there-any-organization-government-not-covered-under-right-information-act.html Mode of Payment available with CPIO, the fees, and Contact person to receive the application. (In most of the cases the Assistant Chief Public Information officer, ACPIO or directly the CPIO). Every state has a different mode of payment for application fee. Generally, you can deposit your application fee via: In person by paying cash [ remember to take your receipt] By Post through: Demand Draft Indian Postal Order Money orders (only in some states) Affixi ng Court fee Stamp (only in some states) Banker’s cheque Some state governments have prescribed some head of account. You are required to deposit fee in that account. For that, you can either go to any branch of SBI and deposit cash in that account and attach deposit receipt with your RTI application. Or you can also send a postal order or a DD drawn in favour of that account along with your RTI application. Please see respective state rules for complete details Application: (Guidelines) 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. Follow these guidelines: Use a white sheet of paper to write an application. There is no need to using Note-sheet, or the Court stamp paper. You can use your letter pad for asking for information. The matter can be handwritten, or typed. There is no compulsion of typing the content. Make sure the application is eligible and easy to read. There is no restriction on the number of pages for asking information. There are also no restriction on number of questions that can be asked in one application. However, it is generally advisable to ask restrict one application with limited set of questions and generally related ones. Be very specific & ask to the point questions.Don't ask vague questions. Ask as many short questions as you like ,but don't ask for voluminous information. Ask information always by writing your name and signature, and not by your post, as only citizen have the right to information. Do not ask a question containing 'WHY'! For example, questions like why you failed to pass the bill, is liable to be rejected for not covering under RTI Act. If the information sought is voluminous, it is better to ask it in the form of CD to save on cost. Remember that, you do not need to write the reason for asking the information. See this very good thread regarding the framing of RTI application, it's format: Read these informative posts: http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/43-what-does-information-means-under-right-information.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/205-deficient-application-can-pio-reject.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/340-records-not-traceable.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/185-does-citizen-have-right-access-personal-information.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/328-can-secretary-ask-any-information.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/226-deposit-fees.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/204-charges-scanned-copies.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/197-information-requested-records-12-years-old.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/191-information-asked-form-available.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/161-can-i-get-information-before-30-days-under-right-information.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/138-cpio-did-not-sign-denial-letter-under-right-information.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/77-when-should-i-get-reply-under-right-information.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/22-oral-request.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/72-can-information-officer-direct-approach-other-authority.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/19-can-i-directly-approach-central-information-commission-relief.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/21-anonymous-complain.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forums/561-info-seekers-must-use-decent-language-central-information-commission.html If you have problem in drafting RTI application or you have queries regarding any aspect of Right to Information, browse around the RTI India forum to get more information, or if you have specific question, post it at the relevant forum. .
  8. On our second Anniversary I said 'Let us Connect, Network and Reach out', the dream was not Myopic. On 27th September 2009 just over 3 years of our existence we are 100,000 member strong community. With more than 4 lakhs pages of community posts at our website, surely we are proud of our members who either posted a question, or an answer, or wrote a blog which made Right to Information worthwhile. Do you have a success story to share with us: Now Post your video at RTI INDIA! On this occasion we are introducing a new forum at RTI INDIA, RTI Community - RTI Videos at rtiindia.org which is meant for all our members to upload and share videos via YouTube. I invite all of our community members to take part in the forum. We are also announcing the launch of RTI INDIA Video Channel at YouTube. Visit YouTube - RTIINDIA's Channel We intend to share and bring together all Right to Information related videos at one place through this channel. To become more familiar with the functioning kindly visit the thread here. Continuing our zeal to bring all cross section of people to be part of our community we have opened many more mediums to do so via social networking sites. Facebook: Join us via Facebook, become fan of our site here: RTI INDIA | Facebook Twitter: Follow us on twitter here: RTI INDIA (rtiindia) on Twitter. We post interesting threads selected at RTI INDIA website here. Also we intend to use it as our minor site announcement portal. Orkut: Join us if you are available at orkut, visit the link here orkut - Very importantly, our core team has decided to accept the following members as our 'Community Builders' and we are happy to welcome them as our team members on this very important milestone event: Dillip Kumar Mohapatra, Sunaab Sarkar, Jayeshbheda & Ajay Kumar Bhal I am sure the hard work they have done to help the community grow till date, will surely enrich all of us in times to come. Lastly, this official post cannot end without the acknowledgment of our team members untiring efforts, those voluntary monetary supporters who made their contribution towards running this site, and all those contributory members who by way of their knowledge and desire had been enriching all of us from the journey we performed from 1 member to 100000 members.
  9. hi i want to get information through mobile number, can you tel me the procedure..
  10. Dear members, I am a PIO and would start this thread and present my point in a slightly different angle. We in this forum are actively doing something strong to propagate the virtue the RTI act brought to us. Yes of course, without the act, public offices would not be this transparent. And WE the citizens of India are getting the real access to the offices. But who are the people in that WE? Only people below poverty lines? only people who are not educated? only farmers? only the labourers? only those who are not the working class? only the educated? only the bureaucrats? only the working class? only the law makers? only the politicians? NO. We means all cross sections of our people. But unfortunately, most of the discussions in this forum assumes that WE means only the poor, uneducated farmers and labourers. The discussions try to propagate a dangerous idea: there are only two classes- the common poor man and the corrupt officers (or administrators). This perception is not going to save India. All of us must understand that all offices are not unfriendly to the public. All officers are not corrupt also. There are lot many sincere and hard working officers. I can tell you that at least 30% of the officers in an office will fall in this category. The rest 70% may be corrupt, insincere, lazy, irregular or (and) ineffective. And on the work and efforts of the first 30% that the Indian administrative sector rolls. If we think that RTI is a means for the nonworking class to fight against the working class, can we ever imagine where will we end up. There are instances where some public nuisances started using the act as a weapon towards the offices. I would say one instant. (i already mentioned it in another post). One person was regularly stealing water from my office premises to which the security personnel objected and reported. This is an educational institution and since he steals plenty of water in the night, the students face very serious scarcity of water in the day time and he was warned for doing that. Now he started making all sort of allegations against the security personnel. He demanded me to cut off a tree branch which he alleges that spoils his premises by droping leaves. I understood that there is no fact associated with the demands and rejected the same. The man began sending too many RTI questions to me. And the questions are actually not RTI questions. He frames some story related to the Institution first and ask questions about that. They are not questions. They are some defaming statements about me, my staff members, the security personnel, etc. Yesterday I furnished reply for 150 questions in a single application. (Almost 130 I rejected). He uses RTI as a weapon to say all sort of unparliamentary words to the office. I and my office have done only right things. I could have easily collect some money from him and spare him some water and could be corrupt. But since I did not do that and stood stern, I and my office are now paid the reward of defamation from this person! You dear members can say that you have to hear the other man's version also. Sure you are. But you can believe me. This is 100 % true. So what is the outcome. I am against corruption. I did some thing to uphold that. And I am suffering. Please understand that by sending series of questions to the office, a person adds burden to that 30% of sincere officers. The remaining 70% will still wont care about that. They will not involve at all in preparing answers. Even if many of them are suspended, they wont care. They have strong political hold and money to resolve any issue, which I dont think our RTI can ever. So what is happening is, the very limited good man power in the public offices are now preparing RTI answers and do nothing for nation building. RTI act is well and good. But I am seriously afraid whether it in the present form will eventually do good or bad to this country. Transparency in office procedures may reduce corruption at first. After that, those people will find fool proof systematic method to do corruption. Through RTI act one will get all the documents. And you will never understand that corruption has taken place. I think, if India has to progress, RTI has to be reformed. There must be some control over what can be asked under RTI. Also there must be some limit over the number of questions one can ask. There must be some restrictions that one RTI application can carry only questions related to one particular topic. If a citrizen asks some thing beyond the act, there must be some provisions to punish him. The PIOs and PAs also must get protection from defamation. If we are not doing so, we will be overloading the non-corrupt officers of this country and also will be demoralizing them. India will reach no where in such a situation. 70% is already gone. We must do some thing to protect the good being of the sincere 30%. The problem of corruption cannot be resolved by RTI, I feel. If you prove that there is corruption, How many will be getting punished in this country? People makes crores of money as bribes, other deals etc. Are they all punished? The social system of dealing these kind of people has to be changed. There are enough laws and acts. 90% of them is not implemented here. If corrupt persons get model punishment, then only corruption can be stopped. See the example of Gulf countries. Otherwise we can continue our fruitless efforts of fighting corruption. Sorry, if I hurt some of you. I would welcome a serious discussion among our members. Please dont be biased blindly and tell that anything sent to an office under the subject title RTI is truly RTI.
  11. We are happy to announce RTI INDIA is now available to all its subscriber via Free SMS. Now you can know the latest news, success stories, important events and much more about Right to Information by subscribing to our SMS channel. Please visit our channel link to subscribe to our Free SMS service. http://labs.google.co.in/smschannels/subscribe/RTIINDIASMS Alternatively you can subscribe to RTI INDIA SMS by sending an SMS: ON RTIINDIASMS to 9870807070 Thank You for being part of our community. RTI INDIA TEAM At any point of time you want to unsubscribe from RTIINDIASMS channel, send an SMS to 9870807070 This service is an additional but free subscription based service and you are not automatically subscribed to the channel by us while you register at our site.
  12. i want to know address of a mobile number.please help me to find it out.
  13. It was such an overwhelming moment that for some time everything stopped and we were lost with words but not our members. They started wishing us much before we could do so. Kindly follow us at this thread to join our celebrations and happiness. http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/33958-hundred-thousand-members-today.html Thank You!
  14. Since December 2009, I have filed over 20 direct Complaints under Sec 18, with the CIC for: 1. Sec 4 Disclosure by Supreme Court and various High Courts 2. RTI Rules of various High Courts violating the basic RTI Act itself. Attaching them in the thread for general reference. Still to do the exercise for : Rajasthan High Court Punjab & Haryana High Court Sikkim High Court COMPLAINT Allahabad High Court Rules.pdf COMPLAINT under SEC 18 for Sec 4 disclosure Allahabad HC.pdf COMPLAINT Andhra Pradesh High Court Rules.pdf COMPLAINT Chattisgarh High Court Rules.pdf COMPLAINT under Sec 18 for Sec 4 disclosure Delhi HC.pdf
  15. DISCLOSURE OF EVALUATED ANSWER SHEETS OF UNIVERSITIES The Central Information Commission has constituted a seven member bench to decide whether evaluated answer sheets of university examinations be disclosed under the Right to Information Act, 2005. In the past, a five member Bench of CIC decided not to disclose evaluated answer sheet. The Bench is constituted on the background of an appeal preferred by a Delhi University Student, who was CBSE XII topper and nominee of HRD Ministry’s Commonwealth Scholarship 2009, who appeared for BA (Hons) Economics Final year exams held in Apr-May 2009 by Delhi University. Not only that she was shown absent in one of the papers, but her score as evaluated by Delhi University was an average 50%. There is no check point over the system of evaluation of answer sheets by Universities or Education Boards. There is neither any effective administrative norm nor any legal remedy to this nefarious problem, which completely distroy the future of millions of bright students across the country. Providing answer sheets may multiply the workload of University / Board is not a reasonable justification to deny information under the Act since the workload that may accrue shall be flowing out of the University’s own mistakes. One cannot claim advantage of his own mistakes. An evaluated answer sheet is in public domain and not exempted from disclosure. As the object and purpose of the Act itself is transparency in public functioning, there is no plausible reason why the evaluated answer sheets should not be disclosed. Section-4(1)© of Right to Information Act, 2005 casts an obligation on every public authority to provide reasons for its administrative or quasi-judicial decisions to affected persons. A student who scored unreasonably low marks or failed even after properly answering questions, is an affected party and has a right to know the reasons of his failure. Conspicuous by its absence of such a provision, the evaluators or moderators are at free will to condemn even the best student. The victims of such unethical act lose faith in the system of education and the constitutional numbness that clip his future. The future of students are bestowed on the system of education. There is reasonable expectation of correct evaluation of answer sheets by evaluators and moderators. Presently, the evaluation done by University is final and a student has no right to know whether evaluation was proper and marks obtained are commensurate with answers written. There is lack of transparency and objectivity in this method. The evaluators are not answerable to anybody. They can evaluate paper at their whims and fancy. There should be a method to check the evaluation system to make evaluators answerable and accountable. Dissemination of evaluated answer sheets under the Act is indispensable to overcome the menace of slack and irresponsible evaluation system of Universities & Boards.
  16. Most RTI applicants actually ask for "records" in their RTI applications. India has a Act called the Public Records Act 1993 and the consequent Public Record Rules 1997. They are attached to this post. It will be worthwhile for members to go through both of these when faced by situations of record keeping, etc., during a RTI matter. Public Records Act 1993.pdf Public Record Rules 1997.pdf
  17. plz find attached Order of DCDRF Ludhiana dated 09.11.2011 in matter of Sanjeev Malhotra vs Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana and ors. DCDRF Ludhiana 09-11-2011 Sanjeev Malhotra vs DC Ludhiana and ors.pdf
  18. Enclosed in this post is the recent judgment by the apex court clarifying the section 18 & section 19 of the RTI Act. vsprajan Supreme court clarification on Section 18 and Section 19 of the RTI Act.pdf
  19. Attached is the "Manual of Office Procedure" applicable to departments of the Central Government, PSU's, Union Territories, etc. This is useful for understanding the process followed in Government Offices. Manual of Office Procedure.pdf
  20. Lat year, I did a productivity analysis of the APSIC, which was very revealing. Please see: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/9559-productivity-analysis-apsic.html This year also I am doing the same for the period 01 Jan 2009 to 31 Dec 2009. The 5 RTI Applications, which I send out to the SIC are attached to this post. I request for volunteers in each State and New Delhi, to file similar RTI's with their respective SIC's. Preferably, the volunteer should be located in the State Capital since he can submit the RTI's by hand as well as attend any First and Second Appeal hearings - since in some cases the matter will definitely go to Second Appeal ! If any member is willing, kindly post in this thread - Name of State and your willingness. Download the RTI Applications and fill in the red colored text and submit them by hand, ASAP. I am filing For Andhra Pradesh RTI 1 Expenses.doc RTI 2 appeals complaints statistics.doc RTI 3 penalty details.doc RTI 4 working days ic and cic.doc RTI 5 Individual IC expenses.doc
  21. Dear sir, pls help me to findout name and address by mobile number. Pls send the details how could i get the same as earliest. Thanks santosh netke
  22. Reference post #1 above Please find attached more files in addition to attachments in post #1 and 2 above DCDRF VIZIANAGRAM 1.pdf NCDRC SP thirumalarao.doc NCDRC usha Rani Aggarwal.pdf
  23. I was wondering if somebody tell me how to write an RTI application from begining?What things one should remember to follow, what are the pitfalls? Is there any thing which should not be written in the application?
  24. We would like to know how would you define an RTI Activist and how would you name them. I came across a word 'Info Activist' in one of the Newspaper! Would you define activist as: Those who regularly seek information from Public Offices for larger public good or would you define them as those who help others in framing and using RTI. Personally, I think it is a mix of both. But is there a proportion and degrees? or is there some other definition to add? Is the term limited to only organized Activist like an NGO, Samiti, organization? I am opening the poll for the same. Kindly vote to let us all know.
  25. Please find attached a list of successful Consumer Complaints in RTI Cases Before National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } NCDRC Iin RP No. 2774 of 2004 IN Usha Rani Aggarwal Versus Nagar Palika Parishad, Haldwani NCDRC IN RP No. 1975 OF 2005 IN Dr. S.P. Thirumala Rao Vs. Municipal Commissioner Mysore City Municipal Corporation Before Various District Consumer Fora District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mandi H.P . CC No.14/2009 IN Lawan Thakur Vs PIO-cum-Additional Distt Magistrate, Kullu, H.P. District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum South Mumbai CC No. SMF/MUM/301/2009 Shrikant Yeshwant V/s Public Service Commission , Mumbai District Consumer Disputes Redressal ForumVizianagaram C.C.NO:118/2010 IN MATTER OF Barla Venkata Rao VS PIO Tahsildar, Vizianagaram District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum Tuticorin CC No. 57/10 Rajakumar vs PIO (Registrar ) Manomaniam Sundaranar University & ors District Consumer Disputes Redressal ForumVizianagaram C.C.NO:116/2010 IN MATTER OF Vaka Venkata Narasimham VS Commissioner Endowments District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum , Nuapada CC/11/8 in Yado kumr Sahu Vs. PIO,O/o BDO,Nuapada District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum FARIDKOT Punjab CC No. : 102 /11 Ashu Mittal Versus PIO cum District Transport Officer, Faridkot District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum NIZAMABAD C.C.No.41 of 2010 R.Rammohan Rao vs I O (Divisional Engineer Operation), NPDCL District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum Mohali CC No. 249 of 2011 Dr. Sanjeev Malhotra vs Estate Officer GMADA Mohali Medak Dist. Consumer Forum (AP) Sangareddy Chandra Reddy vs District Education Officer Due to technical reason only 5 of above files are attached with this post . Rest will be attached in this thread with other posts soon . DCDRF FARIDKOT.pdf DCDRF MANDI.pdf DCDRF Medak.pdf DCDRF Mohali GMADA.pdf DCDRF naupada .pdf
  26. This is a little success story I want to share with the forum members. For the last one year I have been trying to unravel the mystery behind the huge amount of money lying with the Indian Banking System in the shape of Dormant/Inoperative accounts. These money legitimately belong to the owners/heirs of the account holders and not to the Banks. Large nos. of accounts are lying around and Banks are coolly enjoying the funds without paying any interest on it and doing nothing on it. I discovered that thousands of crores of money in more than half a lakh accounts are lying in the Banks depriving the legitimate owners of this funds. This is AS per figures supplied to me by RBI. Perhaps this was first time some one asked for these information and it took RBI 2 months to collect & supply these information. (Free of cost) One June 23 I filed another RTI application to know what the Govt. is doing on this. I posed three queries to the Ministry of Finance. Kindly let me know the various steps & instructions made by the Finance Ministry with regard to money lying with all Banks operating in India as Dormant / Silent / Inoperative accounts? What steps are being taken by the Govt. / Ministry to return the money to their legitimate owners / heirs / claimants etc. Copy of circulars / memos / instructions / office orders etc. with respect to above may be supplied to me. The PIO of FinMin resorted to 6(3) & transferred it. After much traveling my RTI application finally landed with the RBI and RBI after 22 days of receiving my RTI Application issued a notification with a slew of instructions to the Banks on how the accounts and funds in these Dormant & Inoperative a/cs shall be managed. Today I received the official reply from the CPIO, RBI. And once again it was all free since the RBI has exceeded the 30 days deadline. The said circular and the corresponding News articles are available here. Please note that the following circular was non existant at the time of filing my RTI application i.e. on 23rd June 2008. Unclaimed Deposits / Inoperative Accounts in banks News Reports: The Hindu : Business : Customers to get interest on inoperative accounts The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Business | Prop for dormant bank accounts
  27. How do I find the address and name of a person by the mobile no only. and can it be provided free of cost. Thanking You.
  28. :mad:hi i want to find name from the bsnl mobile number?
  29. How to check the PF Balance, Claim Status
  30. Crusader, it is very thoughtful of you to have initiated a thread on this topic. I am sure this thread will help all the new comers to grasp this concept easily. Shrawan has already provided a downloadable version of the RTI Application format. Apart from that I would like to emphasise on a few points that come to my mind. The application should invariably bear the title " Application for Information under RTI Act 2005". It should also contain a declaration to the effect that the applicant is a citizen of India. A DD/IPO for Rs. 10/= towards the application money or proof of remittance of the said amount, if it is remitted by way of cash, should also be enclosed. Beginners should always remember to keep extar copies of the application and proof of remittance for their own records. I have also come across a few seasoned veterans using certain disclaimers/declarations in their application, as a measure of abundant precaution against any possible denial of information by PIOs. A few of them are furnished here. " Kindly note that I am not seeking personal information which would compromise the privacy of any individual OR which would affect your competitive position". "To the best of my knowledge the information sought does not fall within the restrictions contained in Section 8 and 9 of the Act and it pertains to your office." If you are applying to a state government PIO, and if you do not understand the local language (believe me; it has happened to one of our members--Mr. Edmar), it will be ideal to specify in your application that you want the information in English. Otherwise chances are that you will end up with a reply in a local language and you won't even know if what you got was information or denial, unless somebody helps you out with translation. These are just a few thoughts on the formalities of the RTI application. The major work however will be in the framing of appropriate questions, which depend more on the subject matter of the information being sought.
  31. Attached are the following two detailed guidelines: 1. Guidelines on Government Websites 2. Guidelines on email management use by Government Offices Very often, RTI applicants search for information on Government websites and fail to find it or find that the website has not been updated. These guidelines address and explain all such matters. EDIT NOTE:The Guidelines for Government websites attached to this thread have been removed since they are the 2003 guidelines. The new guidelines for 2009 are attached to post # 7 in this thread....just scroll down the page. Guide lines e-mail management in Government departments.pdf
  32. In a extensively discussed and elaborated order, CIC (order is by IC A N Tiwari) has ruled that a Appellate Authority can be recommended for Disciplinary action under Sec 20(2) of the RTI Act if he acts more like a senior officer discharging his normal administrative duties. The appellant asked for some information from the CPIO of the LIC Zonal Office in Chennai. The information pertained to a lift which was not functioning properly in LIC's building. The CPIO gave vague replies and claimed that records are missing. The FAA did not give any reasoned order and just stated that as soon as records are found, they will be sent to the applicant. Moreover, the First Appeal Order was signed by the CPIO. The FAA is the Zonal Manager of LIC in Chennai. Matter went to Second Appeal and CIC: - Issued a show cause notice to the CPIO for penalty - Issued a show cause notice to FAA for disciplinary action - Asked the Chairman of LIC to investigate the matter - Asked Chairman of LIC to show cause as to why applicant should not be compensated In the second hearing at the CIC (when the notices were "returnable"), the CPIO/FAA/LIC Chairman/PA were represented by Senior Supreme Court Advocate P.N. Lekhi and Advocate Kamal Mehta. It is a 28 page order and members should read it because it not only raises several issues about the role of the Appellate Authority (as discussed many times in this forum) but also draws on many other High Court and Supreme Court orders. The CIC concluded that: 1. First Appellate Authority only performs a "quasi-judicial function". He cannot be equated to a court of law. Therefore he can be made a party to the CIC's proceedings. 2. The CIC has a right to impleade the FAA as a party to the hearing and also direct him to appear before it. 3. AA must sign the First appeal order himself and it cannot be signed by a CPIO. If it is so done, it can be concluded that the AA is delegating his duty to a subordinate, who is a party to the proceeding. 4. The FAA must act as a Appellate Authority and not as a senior officer of the Public Authority, discharging his normal administrative duties. If he does so, he is equally liable to Penalty under Sec 20(1) and Disciplinary Action under Sec 20(2), because he is acting like any other officer of the PA. 5. The head of the Public Authority (LIC Chairman) has been recommended to take disciplinary action against the FAA. 6. Compensation of Rs. 10,000 awarded to the applicant. 7. CIC asks the head of the Public Authority and CAG to to examine and study if Officers, who are found negligent in the matter of disclosure of information under the RTI Act 2005 or preventing its disclosure, should be allowed to defend themselves before the commission at the cost of the Public Authority - presumably, this means cost of expensive lawyers, advocates, legal advisers and other expenses like TA/DA which are all borne by the PA. The full order is attached to this post. AT-24102008-09.pdf
  33. Sirs, I have come across one decision of Dopt over the role of appellet authority from this site only, I am attaching a file related to the Role of appeallet authority, which is a decision of Dopt. please go through, which may be help ful to many members and viewers. [4. If an appellate authority comes to a conclusion that the appellant should be supplied information in addition to what has been supplied to him by the CPIO, he may either (i) pass an order directing the CPIO to give such information to the appellant, or (ii) he himself may give information to the appellent while diposing off the appeal. in the first case the appellate authority should ensure that the information ordered by him to be supplied is supplied to the appellant immediately. It would however, be better if the appellate authority choose the second course of action and he himself furnish the information along with the order passed by him in the matter]. rakatkam.
  34. Reference post #1 above Please find attached more files in addition to attachments in post #1 DCDRF NIZAMABAD.pdf DCDRF SOUTH MUMBAI.pdf DCDRF TUTICORIN.pdf DCDRF TUTICORIN 2.pdf DCDRF VIZIANAGARAM 2.pdf
  35. Hi, this is Ajai Vikrama Singh... My father, Ret. Chairman - Regional Rural Bank and Ret. AGM - U.P. Co-operative Bank LKo., died on Nov. 26th 2008. He owned a SBBL gun with a license. After his death I applied for a gun license(death case) on 27th of Jan. 2009 for keeping his gun as a responsibility he left out as the other assets and family members, cause i'm the only son in the family. I spent more than 11 months for tracing out the proceedings of my requisition suddenly RTI flashes in my mind Like a MANTRA. I write an application under the RTI act 2005 to know the proceedings regading to my Arms License application, on 19th of Dec. 2009. On 24/02/2010 I've got informed that all the reports and papers works related to my application has been completed now i can represent my self before the District Magistrate of the city to ask for a License. This is only possible with help of The RTI ................
  36. Dear Colleagues Glad to be here after a long time. The absence was for pursuing the RTI Act in the right direction and gathering information on Misappropriation and Corruption in a Central Government Organisation based at Hyderabad under the Dept of Biotechnology. I had addressed over 50 RTI applications (over a period of 4 years) to this Organisation and other organisations. In all with skillful drafting of the questions under RTI, I was able to get convincing replies from the CPIO, which revealed irregularities committed. The misappropriations pertain to the period 1999 to 2008. The total misappropriation amounts to around Rs 55 crores. This amount could go beyond too by the time I file the complaint next week. I feel very happy that with the RTI Act I was able to get the statements of the accused officials wherein they have admitted to the inappropriate actions which has cost the Government Exchequer heavily. Now with these admissions of inaction from the officials themselves, the need for an investigation is totally replaced. I feel very contended that now I can right away file the complaint in a Criminal Court and their would be no need for any investigation or scrutiny of records since that job has already been done and reported by the organisation itself to my queries. So its straight criminal trial and punishment against the said officials unless some agency stays the proceedings. I expect full support from all my friends on this Forum and advice. I shall post the complaint on this site as soon as my Complaint is filed in an appropriate Court some time next week. With regards. Dr Rao.
  37. If FTAs, the nuclear deal, SEZs and so on were India’s attempt to fashion policy to keep up with her neighbours, a large part of the UPA’s efforts, both in its first avataar as well as the current one, is to extend the domestic reforms of the 1990s to the provision of services for the poor. Top on the list is the Right to Information (RTI) Act. A brainchild of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, the RTI really flowed from the work of activists such as Aruna Roy who campaigned for the right to get muster roll data for various anti-poverty programmes. RTI portal rtiindia.org has already got 100,000 registered users, a sign of just how popular the RTI has become. Extract from: Re-engaging with the world
  38. This is my first major (interim) success story. Interim because I am yet to receive the information. My first second appeal has been disposed off in my favour (almost completely) along with the issue of a penalty notice. As some authors dedicate their books to some beloved and revered person(s) I dedicate my this grand success to Karira, jps50, colnrkurup, shakti and someguy. Because of these guys I could build a formidable case which fetched the positive order with order of disclosure AND the penalty notice. During the hearing I hardly spoke a word other than few sentences explaining the case at the beginning. Since the written appeal was so water tight that any other outcome was almost impossible. I would like to openly thank Karira for uploading a very nice appeal format in which I just filled in the necessary details of the case. It would be inappropriate if I don't mention very important citations provided by jps50. Last but least is the timely and able guidance by colnrkurup on how to surmount typical response from PIO "record not available"
  39. I want all the detail of bye-laws of co-op housing society. Power of the chairman, power of the secratary, power of treasurer and other committee members. Detail bye-laws with all the as provided be rules section wise.
  40. how to find the address through cell no through internet simply in india
  41. Acceptance of RTI application/appeal Accept the RTI applications without asking the reasons for making the application, as asking for the reasons for making the application is in violation of Sec 6(2). Do not insist on countersignature by some particular officer. Make necessary suitable arrangement to receive the application for information/appeal in the absence of nominated officer/official. Accept the RTI application fee in the mode prescribed by Nodal Department i.e. Department of Personnel & Training. Mode of RTI application fee are i) Cash; ii) Demand Draft; iii) Bankers cheque; and iv) Indian Postal Order. There is no fee prescribed for appeals. The RTI Act does not provide any standard form of application for information. The Nodal Ministry of the Government of India has also not prescribed any format for application. Hence the Department cannot insist on a particular format of application and no application can be rejected on this ground. The RTI application shall be received by any Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), in those offices where there are several CPIOs having different jurisdictions. It would be the duty of the CPIO who receives the application to direct it to the concerned CPIO. Maintenance of record Maintain record of application/appeal under RTI in the formats prescribed by CIC. Furnish Quarterly Report and Annual Report to the Directorate in prescribed formats by 10th of falling month Disposal of application/appeal Opinion, Analysis, Comparability, Examination of issue, redressal of grievances are outside the purview of RTI Act; Request applicant for specific information if the information south for is vague or not specific; (Decision No.249/IC(A)/2006. F.No.CIC/MA/C/2006/00190 dated 7th Spe 2006 case of Shri. B P Singh Vs CBEC) File Notings are not, as a matter of law, exempted from disclosure. Every decision has to be conveyed within stipulated period under the signature of designated CPIO/Appellate Authority as the case may be; (Appeal No.149/ICPB/2006 F.No.PBA/06/234 dated 2nd Nov 2006 case of Shri. P S Pattabiraman Vs Department of Posts, Tamil Nadu Circle. Comments on the appeal should also be sent under the signature of either CPIO or Appellate Authority as per requirements (Copy of decision enclosed) Any rejection of request for information has to be in terms of the provisions of the RTI Act and the specific provisions applied in a particular should be mentioned while responding to the applicant. (Appeal No.ICPB/A-4/CIC/2006 dated 10th Feb 2006 Case of Shri. Rajesh Pandita Vs Dept of Posts) Intimate the detailed particulars of appellate Authority & time limit for appeal while rejecting/supplying requested information to the applicant. It has further been ruled that the 1st appeal in all cases would lie with the Departmental Appellate Authority alone, and only at the stage of 2nd appeal would the appeal lie with the Central Information Commission (CIC) Intimate retention period in case information sought has been weeded out under Record Retention Schedule/Preservation of Records Rules. It would also be advisable to enclose copy of relevant rules or the extract of rules under which weeding of records has been done. Never advise the appellant to prefer the 1st Appeal itself to Central Information Commission on the ground that the decision to deny the information had been taken at the highest level. (Appeal No.ICPB/A-4/CIC/2006 dated 10th Feb 2006 case of Shri. Rajesh Pandita Vs Dept of Posts. Misc. Display the particulars of CPIO and Appellate Authority of concerned office at entrance of office for public. Copies of evaluated Answer Papers are not to be made available to the candidate or others. As and when answer papers are evaluated, the authority conducting the examination and the examiners evaluating the answer paper stand in fiduciary relationship to each other. Hence in fiduciary relationship the disclosure of such information is exempted under section 8(i)(e). Further it is purely a personal information, the disclosure of which has no relation to any public interest or activity and this has been covered under section 8(1)(i) of the Act (Appeal No.ICPB/A-2/CIC/2006 dated 6th Feb 2006 Case of Ms. Treesa Irish Vs Keral Postal Circle) For disclosure of DPC minutes and copies of ACRs refer decision of CIC in the cases of i) Dr. Anand Akhila Vs CSIR (Appeal No.CIC/WB/A/2006/00040 dated 24th April 2006 and 12th May 2006); ii) Shri. Gopal Kumar Vs HHQ (F.No.CIC/AT/A/2006/00069 dated 13th July 2006); iii) Mrs Ranju Prasad Vs Department of Posts (F.No.PBA/06/195 dated 9th October 2006) While going through the above cited decisions of CIC, it is recommended that the decisions be gone through in totality, so that the context be understood fully. While following the above noted clarification/guidelines, it is also requested to regularly monitor the websites of Central Information Commission (CIC) and Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT), which is nodal department in respect of RTI matters in addition to the Department of Posts's website for their decisions & instructions on RTI matters for effective implementation of the Act.
  42. i want to know how can an emplotee get the details regarding what exact amount its been there in his provident fund account, how 2 access his account, how 2 get the updated amount in regular. in a case if an employee dosent know his PROVIDENT FUND account number, how to get the details regarding that one, bcz now a days, many organisations deduct money in the name of pf account and say "u will be getting the account number when u r confirmed in the organisation.......like that:confused: please help me regarding my quiries.... this is the first time ive ever posted...pls forgive me if there is any mistake......
  43. To: Mr Wajahat Habibullah Chief Information Commissioner Central Information Commission New Delhi cc: Mr Paul – NIC Dear Sir, COMPLAINT UNDER SEC 18 of the RTI Act 2005 Sec 4 Disclosure on the CIC website I would like to draw your attention to the Sec 4 Disclosure on the CIC website: I request you to “direct” the concerned officer to bring the Sec 4 Disclosure up to date as mandated under the RTI Act 2005. Some of the disclosures are in the “time wrap” mode ! 1. http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Section4/Section-4-1-b-i.pdf The above page shows only 5 IC’s (including the CIC) and includes the names of two IC’s who retired a long time ago. 2. http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Section4/Section-4-1-b-ii.pdf The above page also shows only 4 IC’s in Item Nr. 2 3. http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Section4/Section-4-1-b-iv.pdf'>http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Section4/Section-4-1-b-iv.pdf (The Norms set by it for discharge of its functions) For a very long time (nearly 3 years) this page displayed: “No norms have been set” Now, this page displays: “The appeals/complaints are taken up for hearing on first come first serve basis. Wherever the Respondents/Appellants have number of cases, efforts will be made to club such cases so that they could be heard on a single day. Preference may also be given to Senior Citizens and physically challenged persons for an out of turn hearing.” The above statement definitely does not constitute “Norms set by CIC for discharge of its functions” 4. http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Section4/Section-4-1-b-iv.pdf (A statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control) This page displays something called : Norms set for discharge of functions in CIC 5. Directory of Commissioners & Officers (A directory of its officers and its employees) Several of the numbers given on this page are incorrect. The telephone list is not complete. It does not include the telephone numbers of ALL its officers and employees For example, the telephone number of Ms. Poonam Verma, Inward Department of CIC, (located at old JNU Campus) is not mentioned in the list. Citizens have to call your office (The CIC’s office himself !) to get telephone numbers. Even those telephone numbers which are informed by your office are incorrect ! As per the following order of the CIC: http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Orders/WB-19052009-03.pdf Residential addresses of officers and employees have to be suo-motu disclosed under Sec 4(1) (b)(ix). The above page does not disclose any residential addresses. 6. Sec 4(1)© In the section on Monthly Disposal available at: http://www.cic.gov.in/Reports/MPR-Sep09.htm as on date (11 January 2010 at 1400 Hrs.), the last statistics displayed are of September 2009, while we are presently in January 2010. I would also like to COMPLAIN that the statistics for Oct/Nov 2009 are being liberally circulated on the Internet while ordinary citizens like me are deprived of knowing what is the latest pendency and disposal rates of the CIC. I also COMPLAIN that the monthly disposal statistics for each individual Information Commissioner are not being suo-motu disclosed for each individual Information Commissioner along with details like: - The procedure followed by the individual Commissioners’ registry in deciding the listing of the appeals/complaints received - Pendency for each individual Commissioner on a time scale/ age scale (How many pending for more than 6 months, how many for more than a year, etc.) - The longest pending cases and the dates since when they are pending I also COMPLAIN to you that in the absence of transparent reporting of the above information, citizens are led to believe that some NGO’s and privileged individuals, who have direct access to the registry staff in the CIC, are able to get their matters listed on a priority basis. This is specially so for appellants/ complainants based in Delhi who are at a comparative geographical advantage vis-à-vis appellants/complainants not physically based in Delhi. I therefore urge you that vide powers vested under Sec 18 of the RTI Act, to “inquire” the above matter and issue proper directions after conducting a hearing. It is painful and distressing to note that if the “Guardian Angel” of the RTI Act in India, is itself blatantly violating Sec 4 of the RTI Act, how can it have the moral authority to direct other Public Authorities to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Act. Thanking You, Your Sincerely, C J Karira
  44. A leading public sector bank had recovered Rs.10000/- from account of my friend’s son towards various service charges while closing the account in Nov 2009. The bank did not respond to normal channels of redressal of complaint. At my guidance, RTI application was filed on 07-12-2009 followed by first appeal for no reply on 07-02-2010. On 05-03-2010 bank contacted him and requested him to collect refund of Rs.5000/- and withdraw RTI application and first appeal. RTI does work.
  45. In continuation to our earlier report at our forum here http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/33870-pm-meet-advani-tuesday-decide-new-central-information-commission-head.html, Mumbai, Nov 1 (PTI) Noted social activist Anna Hazare is among those who have proposed the name of Kiran Bedi, India's first woman IPS officer, for the post of Chief Central Information Commissioner (CCIC). "I sent the letter to the PM two days ago. Right to Information (RTI) activist Magsaysay award winner Arvind Kejriwal told me he is also sending a similar letter," Hazare told PTI over phone from Ramdev's ashram at Haridwar. "I have also written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, demanding appointment of a police officer like Bedi," he said. The performance of the CCIC over the last four years has been unsatisfactory, he added. Referring to media reports, Hazare said he was not aware if Aamir had also written a similar letter to the PM. Bedi now plays the host and chief judge in a popular TV show 'Aap ki Kuchehri', where she resolves domestic problems.
  46. Vannakkam Members As requested by Mr. Karira the success story is narrated hereunder: In Tamilnadu, Tirunelveli Municipal Corporation area Ward No: 53, one miscreant encroached corporation common lane area and the neighbour's area and constructed a over bridge from North side house to South side house owned by the miscreant and his wife. This was done in the year 2007. This illegal acts was informed to the Municipal Corporation Authorities through complaint petitions by the neighbour and the common public. There existed Laxity and Lack of Alertness on the part of the Municipal Corporation Planning Department Officials, since they were purchased by the miscrant. The neighbour who was affected approached me ( I am an Advocate) seeking my opinion and to file a suit in the appropriate Court. I have gone through the facts and events happened, and thoroughly gone through the complaints already lodged before the Municipal Corporation Authorities, and observed the inactiveness on the part of the Authorities concerned. It is a naked truth that the Judicial process is a lengthiest and expensive one, and hence I adviced my client to send an application U/s 6(1) RTI Act, 2005, seeking information about the date of approval of the buildings plans sanction for the houses constructed by the said miscreant and his wife. In the same application my client had sought information about the status of each Town Survey Number (as per Corporation Records) adjacent to the newly constructed buildings and the measurement of each number and ownership details along with certified copies. The Application under RTI Act, 2005, was sent in the month of November, 2008.to the PIO of the Tirunelveli Municipal Corporation. The PIO had failed to send the reply even after 50 days, and hence I advised my client to file first appial under RTI Act, 2005, Section 19(1). The appeal was filed before the appellate authority in the Tirunelveli Municipal Corporation (The Commissioner, Tirunelveli Municipal Corporation), in the last week of December 2008. The Corporation Officials were alerted and made to a fix to see the back files and to inspect the building sites. The Officials one by one visited to the sites in the month of January, 2009 and inspected and issued notice to the miscreants to remove the unauthorised construction by encroaching the corporation area, and the naighbour owned by my client. The miscreants are removing the unauthorised constructed area stage by stage and forced to clear the encroached area. This is a great success to a law abiding citizen of India through RTI Act with less expense. Balu A.
  47. When in doubt, I always request everyone to read the preamble of the RTI Act. The three stated objectives are: 1. Have a informed citizenry through transparency of information and transparent government working 2. Hold the Government and its instrumentalities accountable to those whom they govern 3. Contain corruption Nowhere does it talk about helping the government to formulate policies, improve governance, etc. These might be some of the positive side effects, but are definitely not the stated objectives. Look at some of the issues which are there in the thread starter - PF, Passport, IT refund, Voter ID, etc. Going by the number of times those threads have been viewed on this portal, the blogs by various members have been viewed, the pre drafted applications have been downloaded, etc (not to count the innumerable websites and blogs where this information has been reproduced for a wider audience) - one can easily understand that the system of governance in those departments must be rotten. I do not have the exact statistics as on date (the last CIC report is of 2006-07) but as explained in the previous para, I would expect that these departments receive at least one RTI application per working day on the same subject. That is 250 applications a year. Have these PA's improved their functioning ? Have they improved the interface with citizens ? Have they got fed up with the same subject matter and made the information available on tap (so that the similar RTI applications stop) ? As can be gauged from the continuous raising of these issues even today, the answer is one big NO ! Just one specific example will suffice - PIO of IT Ward 14 in Bangalore. There are 18 different queries regarding IT refund from that one particular ward on this portal. I have received another 12 private emails queries on the same matter and same PIO. Some cases have gone to first appeal based on which the original RTI application was later redrafted. But yet, as of last week, one citizen was still being given the run around by the same PIO - on a simple issue of the contents of the Citizen Charter! Hasn't the CIT (who is the appellate authority) noticed this as yet ? What future improvement can you expect in that department/office if it has still not happened - even after 30 RTI Applications, 12 First Appeals and 2 Second Appeals ? I am one of those black sheep who encourages everyone to use RTI Act to solve personal issues faced with Government departments. The other name given to personal issues is "grievance redressal". Most of our IC's hate that phrase. As do many famous RTI activists and award winners. But, as I once asked in a hearing - please show me one section of the RTI Act which says that RTI cannot or should not be used for "grievance redressal" or "personal issues"? By asking the PA as to why my passport has not been issued within the prescribed time limit, am I not holding the Government department accountable ? By asking for the day to day movement of the file related to my IT refund, am I not trying to make the government working transparent ? By asking for the approved building plan of my neighborhood building, am I not trying to contain corruption ? These are all the avowed objectives of the RTI Act as stated in its preamble. So, how is all this "grievance redressal" ? No one has been able to explain clearly and convincingly. If one RTI application per working day does not push the PA to improve, let us encourage more such applications. Maybe 50 applicatioins a day on the same subject might have a effect ? Maybe 100 a day might have an effect ? Maybe 500 a day ? But be assured, citizens will stop filing RTI applications for their PF Balance, Passport Issue, IT Refund and Voter ID Card the day they get their passports within 45 days, the day the PF balance is available religiously at the end of the year and the day IT refunds are given with 9 months of return submission. Government Officers will themselves stop filing RTI applications on their service related matters if a efficient, unbiased and working "grievance redressal" mechanism is put in place ! This business about addressing larger issues in the Country/Government with RTI also bugs me to no end. Why should we ever expect a citizen who can't even get through to the passport office on phone to be worried or bothered about "larger issues" ? Why should we expect a citizen who does not get a Voter ID card even after follow up to be bothered about "larger issues" ? Let him get his passport or voter ID card and get on with his life. Those RTI activists and award winners are welcome to carry on with their "larger issues". By the way, it will be helpful if someone can point out one definite systematic change or improvement in governance brought about by a RTI application. Tinkering has happened here and there, but is there one single issue where all of us can say "Yes, now there is no need to pursue this further" ? I used to think NREGA was one area where RTI had brought in some change, till some NREGA related social workers on the ground opened my eyes to what still continues at the ground level. The asset declaration by SC judges was supposed to be another - but just see in what controversies has it ended up in. I have also realised that in the Government, changes have to come from the top. In most Government meetings that I have attended, no junior speaks or gives his opinion freely. The talking is done by the topmost person and one or two others. So, a lot depends on who the person at the top is and for how long he will continue in the same post. I was helping one PA to implement Sec 4. It took 18 months to get to Second Appeal and after the second appeal notice was issued to the PIO/FAA, I started getting frantic calls to help them draft the Sec 4 disclosure as well as train PIO's - so that they could at least present something positive during the hearing. The hearing was over and two months later the top man was transferred. The new person at the top, when reminded of the CIC order and the pending work on Sec 4 disclosure coolly says that the subject matter is not of his interest. So, things are now back to square one. Citizens, PIO's and other staff of this PA continue to suffer (and probably curse the RTI Act) just because the new person at the top thinks otherwise. Having filed over 100 RTI applications, only my first 4 applications were for personal benefit (a refund matter). Well, those "personal matter applications" also resulted in one good - I could get the relevant rules for refund amended - although it is another matter that the amendment was also wrong ! All others have been for general good or for understanding the working of a PA. Not a single PA - out of all of these, has ever changed systems or improved governance. Only one administrative head of a PA ever confessed to me that my RTI application had made him think "differently" about a particular issue (car parking charges at the local airport) but added that nothing much could be done since the airport was shifting to a new location within the next two months. We have the RTI Act. Let each citizen use the Act the way he deems fit. Let him file RTI applications about anything under the sun and for whatever ulterior motives he might have - as long as he sticks to the relevant rules. There are enough safeguards built-in within the RTI Act itself. The Government can decide and continue working on (if it wants to) how to improve Governance, improve delivery systems, etc. If it wants the citizens help and opinion in such matters, they always have Sec 4(1)© of the RTI Act - which also no Government department has used till now !
  48. RTI Act very purpose is to equip citizens with information in matters of Government. We have embarked upon the field with a hope to enrich and equip all who are willing to share and inquisitive enough to explore and get informed by use of the Right to Information Act. We are proud of our Members who had made our community efforts a success, either by way of a question or by posting a solution or simply being here with us. For us its a sure sign of popularity of RTI Act. Further, I must share, approaching 1000000 hits per day, 10000 unique users per day, the figure of 1 lakhs registered users is deceptive other way round. It is rather statement of the fact that our server and web design is not able to impress upon those new 10000 users to become part of us daily. It's rather masking this fact than anything else.
  49. Dear All, I have to find out a name , address against a mobile number available with me. Pls suggest is there any website by which I can found his name. Thanks Gaurav Nautiyal
  50. We are happy to release the 1st version of the RTI Act 2005 eBook. The purpose of the eBook is to provide the Act in a comprehensive download able form. With this eBook, you can search any part of the Act, print, and carry with you and use also for research purpose. The eBook is free to download from the RTI India Information portal from here: http://www.rtiindia.info/download/p13_sectionid/1/p13_fileid/4 Kindly use this discussion thread to give your feedback.
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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.
      Originally posted here!
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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.

      Third_Addendum to Additional Submission for RTI Second Appeal_2nd_March_2020.pdf
      From_SEBI_Written Submiissions - Murugappa Krishnan 139953.pdf
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    • There can be no faith in government if our highest offices are excused from scrutiny - they should be setting the example of transparency.
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    • LUCKNOW: The Central government has provided categorized security cover to 308 persons, out of which 24 have been provided the highest Z-plus cover, according to the answer to an RTI query.

      As per information provided by S.C.L. Das, Joint Secretary in the Union Home Ministry to city-based activist Nutan Thakur, two dozen persons have been given Z-plus security, 59 persons have been given Z security, 109 have been given Y-plus, 34 have been given Y and 82 persons have been given X category security.

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