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  1. Any record available with public authority in material form is information under RTI. The Supreme Court ruling applies to applications before Courts in which there was a laid down procedure for seeking certified copies of documents, long before RTI enactment. PIO is smart and ask them (PIO/FAA) to read the said judgment and enlighten him that it applies to those applications filed before Courts alone. Go for first appeal or file fresh RTI Application seeking inspection and then select that file for providing of information and you can obtain desired information through certified copies.
  2. Guru Purnima is a grand day that is significant to revive the connection between the students and the teachers in both academic and spiritual ways. Students and disciples all over the world dedicate this day to their teachers. It is a societal and religious celebration. The ancient and present Indian tradition acknowledges the positive impact of Guru or a teacher in a student’s life. A Guru or a teacher plays a significant role in molding the student’s life and guide him through all the phases of life. A Guru guides a student to help him reach his goals and advance in his spiritual and materialistic life. His grace and blessings are powerful to dispel ignorance (darkness) from the life of the student. On this day disciples and students recognize the importance of Guru in life and receive their blessings. I would like to thank admin, GLN Prasad sir, Sunil Ahya, Dr V S Prasanna and other Senior Members in this forum who share their view and guidance by helping learning people like us. Sir, I would like to thank you as many time whenever we stuck in between and post our issue you all help us by sharing required things to be done by investing your important time in this forum helping many people in their respective issues. Thanks Regards. Vijendra.s
  3. Thanks for valuable inputs on questions asked by being given by our RTI Guru's on the day of Guru Purnima. Regards.
  4. Credit should go to our Mahaguru Shri C.J. Karira who has enriched the forum contributing to maximum posts and had maximum likes, and taken up fights with CIC/HC on his own for larger public interest. Members should also not forget the super moderator Raveena madam, who ensured detailed guidance with discipline and many of her replies are treasures. The main institution that brought the gurus and disciplines is the RTI India Org and every one in the administration deserves appreciation for their services.
  5. "Larger public interest" should not be used for denying information as per CIC full bench decision. There are no exemptions in RTI Act if applicant can establish larger public interest.
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  6. Precious things must be searched though difficult. If you want guidance, post your query in open forum and you can expect a bottle feeding from experts to your specific query.
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  7. Great post ... Thanks for sharing secret information. Not many places these kind of information is available. Great efforts... keep up the good work
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  8. Yes sir I do respect your response, we really enrich because of huge contribution of Shri C.J. Karira sir, and Mam Raveena and today on occassion of Guru Purnima I thanks these Mahaguru too for their valuable contribution which help us in various region. Thanks you all.
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  9. RTI Act came into force in 2005. During the last 15+ years all most all such sections in Sec.8 (1) were used by PIOs to deny information, and the justification and law in using those section was available in earlier CIC/SIC/HC/SC judgments as authentic citations. There are still some idiots that use such exemptions when proper forums defined when they can be used and when they can not be applied. Mere discussion in forum can not enlighten the PIO and is a waste of time. If any member wishes to understand as to whether that sub section is properly applied or not, he can search in CIC decisions/Judgments of courts available in the forum and quote the same in further appeals.
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  10. The unravelling of the mystery began when LIC agent Vipan Mittal from Faridkot got his 'test report' via a text message. The report was negative, But Mittal's reaction was more of shock than relief. His problem was that he had not even got tested for the virus. Mittal at first never thought the scam could be this huge. But after Uttarakhand's Health authorities were roped in and a large-scale investigation was carried out, it came to light that Mittal was just one case in about a lakh of bogus reports that were produced under a massive scam. Read more at: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/india/the-unravelling-of-indias-largest-covid-testing-scam-began-with-an-lic-agent-getting-an-sms/articleshow/83564045.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
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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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