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  1. 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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  2. If any public authority is having online website it may be proper to file on line, but if a public authority is not having online admission of application, filing RTI Application through hard copy to custodian is the proper way. Now you have experienced the problems. File first appeal to the superior of PIO that has replied, as he must have provided FAA address with his rejection. If not there is another violation and failure of obligation as PIO is supposed to provide further appeal process. This becomes another ground for first appeal. Atleast, this time file first appeal direct
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  3. There is much confusion in the query. How UGC came into picture ? What prevents you from seeking information either from University or the college directly ? Inform the Name of Public authority who has asked you to go to University or State information Commission. Go for first appeal to the FAA of the CPIO bringing his attention to Sec. 6 (3) that if the CPIO is not custodian of information, it is his obligation to transfer the application to the actual custodian of information. Also make in grounds of appeal that CPIO is misleading applicants through giving wrong directions tha
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  4. You can send only Hard copy of second appeal to CIC and track status after one week of posting it, if you find that uploading the PDF file is a problem.
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  5. Supporting documents would be annexures such as RTI, PIO's Reply, First Appeal, Correspondence with the FAA, FAA's reply etc.
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  6. The flow of a RTI application goes like this: I - Flow A: Step 1) File a RTI application with the Public Information Officer - Section 6(1). After filing the RTI, if you have: > Not received a reply from PIO at all, OR > Received a reply from PIO but not satisfied with the PIO's reply/decision; Step 2) Then - File a first appeal with the First Appellant Authority - Section 19(1). After filing a first appeal, if you have still not received the requested information, that is: > Received a Decision from FAA but not satisfied with the FAA's reply/decisi
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  7. There are several posts in the past. Please search or find out from website of Information commission. 1.Yes. There is a format that can be searched as above. 2.Informing Appellant, PIO and FAA addresses with pin code., providing index of chronological event of Date of RTI, Response of PIO, Date of First Appeal and FAA orders, Giving the Grounds of appeal with clarity and praying for providing of information and other reliefs and finally confirming the truth in the appeal contents are essentials. 3.If the second appeal is as per format, there is no question of rejecting appeal. O
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  8. You will have to wait for 45 days from the date on which your first appeal was received by the First Appellate Authority's (FAA's) Office. If you do not receive an Order within that time you can file a second appeal. However if you receive an Order of the FAA and are not satisfied with it, then you can file a second appeal within 90 days of the date of receipt of such an Order. So right now you have to wait for FAA's Order until 45 days from the date on which your first appeal was received by the FAA's Office. The second appeal will have to filed with the Central Information Commissi
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  9. The bankers are under statutory obligation to maintain secrecy of maintaining customer's Account. Except law enforcement government agencies, it is absolutely impossible to get such third party information from any bank either under RTI or through other way.
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  10. 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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  11. SEC. 23 OF THE RTI ACT, 2005, EMPHATICALLY STATES – BAR OF JURISDICTION OF COURTS. THE COURTS STILL ENTERTAIN – WHAT COULD BE THE REASON.................. Index of Relevant Points: Part - I 1. The Constitution of India has a Basic Structure. 2. Parliament (Legislature) has the power to amend the Constitution. 3. But can the Parliament amend the Constitution to the extent of amending the Basic Structure of the Constitution itself. Part - II 4. Supreme Court’s position on the subject. 5. Case Laws by the Supreme Court. 6. Conclus
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  12. The common misconception that has taken root presently is that only entities and organizations which are substantially aided or funded by the Government are covered under the RTI Act. But the fact is that Private Entities are covered under the RTI Act irrespective of whether they are substantially aided or funded by the Government. 1) Private Entities are not covered under sec 2(a) of the Act: Sec 2(a) "appropriate Government" means in relation to a public authority which is established, constituted, owned, controlled or substantially financed by funds provided directly or indirect
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    • Instances that involve disclosure of sensitive information, it may be rationale for the CPIO to ask for citizenship proof
      Information Commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha held that seeking citizenship proof in case of demand of sensitive information is justified but seeking a signed copy of the application does not seem appropriate as the online portal does not mandate uploading of signatures.
      Sinha was hearing the plea of an Odisha-based RTI applicant who had sought from the Army information regarding implementation of rules under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 in all defence establishments.
      The Army did not provide any information to the applicant, the CIC noted. Akhand approached the Commission with a complaint that the central public information officer (CPIO) of the Army has demanded a signed copy of his online RTI application as well as identity proof before providing him the records.
      “In this regard, it may be noted that as far as CPIO’s request for citizenship proof is concerned, the same is not questioned as Commission in its prior decision(s) has held the view that Armed Forces stand on a slightly different footing as there may be instances that involve disclosure of sensitive information, and for such reasons it may be rationale for the CPIO to ask for citizenship proof,” Sinha noted.
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    • Some of you -- at least CJ Karira, who helped me years ago in one crucial step, getting SEBI to acknowledge its own circular! -- know of a 15-year quest among desi academics to get SEBI to release its stale masked FII data for academic research. At one point years ago a parliamentary query by Shyam Benegal, then Rajya Sabha MP, sought the release of this data for academic research. He then made a subsequent RTI query asking what had done about his complaint about the terrible answer he got to his parliamentary question. We thought we had succeeded when in response to that SEBI did put in public domain that FII data and promised to update. And to  their credit, they did update it from time to time, even if a bit fitfully. But thanks to a question by a curious IIT-Madras undergrad, we realized that what SEBI gave with one hand they took away with another. While the idea was that the FII IDs would be masked to preserve privacy, without telling anyone, SEBI changed the masks each month, drastically reducing the value for academic research (since you can't even tell how many distinct FIIs are there in the data base, and whether anyone traded over time). It also caused mistakes in academic research since no one imagined that SEBI would use changing masks, when no other regulator or exchange on the planet does so.

      To get SEBI to finally agree to not hide by changing masks, but to keep a stable mask, has taken many years. But at least per the ruling received yesterday, it has been achieved, with no violence to anyone. I attach the ruling. I can also post the various submissions made at the Second Appeal hearing if there is any interest (need to scrub email-IDs, per the policy of this site).

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

      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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