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  1. 4 points
    As per section 4(1)(b)(x) of the RTI Act, even payslips received by a Govt. employee is a public record and not personal information. Please find section 4(1))b)(x) quoted below: You will have to file a first appeal under section 19(1) of the RTI Act with the concerned First Appellate Authority on the following grounds. GROUNDS OF FIRST APPEAL: 1. The following information sought through the RTI application are a public record and nor personal information. 1) Joining date letter as he joined in the year 1981: This is a public record and not personal information. 2) Retirement date and retirement letter This is a public record and not personal information. 5) Last payslip before retirement: This is a public record as per section 4(1)(b)(x) of the RTI Act and not personal information. 6) Last payslip after retirement: This is a public record as per section 4(1)(b)(x) of the RTI Act and not personal information. 2. With respect to point no. (3), (4), (7), (8) and (9) of the RTI application too the PIO needs to disclose the requested information as it is in the larger public interest (establish the grounds of larger public interest ....)
  2. 4 points
    Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India and Lok Sabha MP from Varanasi, has not spent a single rupee from his MPLADS funds in all the four villages adopted under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). The fact came in a response to an application filed under Right to Information (RTI), the response to which was sent on June 30, 2018. The response addressed to applicant Anuj Verma from Kannauj district of Uttar Pradesh, stated that no development works conducted in the four villages adopted by Narendra Modi have been budgeted from the funds allocated under Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). The Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana website is here. He first adopted Jayapur on November 7, 2014, then Nagepur on February 16, 2016, Kakarahiya on October 23, 2017, and lastly Domri on April 6, 2018. All of the works in four villages have been done by the private authorities, government banks, state-level institutions, and some central government bodies, locals informed TwoCircles.net. For instance, a Gujarat-based firm has constructed all the bio-toilets in Jayapur, and Vedanta group has constructed one Anganbadi Centre in Nagepur village. The solar street lights have been installed by various public banks. The MPLADS fund, worth Rs 5 Crore per year, can be utilised anywhere in the constituency of an elected MP. But the opposition voices in Varanasi are accusing Modi of not setting an example before other MPs by not spending his own fund for development.
  3. 4 points
    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 , Internet and so on....In one word MEDIA . The Crux is without media we are not even capable enough to know the name of our premier The Great Indian Media is the fourth pillar of worlds largest democracy . But the question is whether this fourth pillar is strong enough to balance and provide foundation for a magnificent Democratic set up . We all may have different opinions & perceptions about credibility of Media .For the real Litmus test let we proceed to World press freedom Index 2017 Report published by most renowned Reporters without borders . India is ranked 136 in the World Press Freedom Index, three points down from last year. Following were the remarks from Reporters without borders -- Threat from Modi’s nationalism With Hindu nationalists trying to purge all manifestations of “anti-national” thought from the national debate, self-censorship is growing in the mainstream media. Journalists are increasingly the targets of online smear campaigns by the most radical nationalists, who vilify them and even threaten physical reprisals. Prosecutions are also used to gag journalists who are overly critical of the government, with some prosecutors invoking Section 124a of the penal code, under which “sedition” is punishable by life imprisonment. No journalist has so far been convicted of sedition but the threat encourages self-censorship. The government has also introduced new foreign funding regulations to limit international influence. . GLOBAL SCORE -0.23 Concentration of Media Ownership in India Open a link along side this blog and ask Mr. Google Baba about Media ownership and for sure there will be hundreds of articles alleging about Media ownership and there links with different political parties & Dirty Political campaigns . Some of most credible points are mentioned below . Recently Dr Subash Chandra Chairmen of Essel Group & Zee News (there are 50+ channels of Zee Group) was elected as member of Rajya Sabha from Haryana via support of BJP . Shobhna Bhartia, owner and editor-in-chief of Hindustan Times is a Congress MP from Rajya Sabha. HT media is runs by Shobna Bhartiy with her two sons Priyavrat & Shamit Bhartia. Intresting fact here is to note is Shamit Bhartia wife Nayantara Kothari is a niece of Anil and Mukesh Ambani. Kalaignar TV is owned by Tamil Nadu's former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. Sakshi TV a Telugu channel in Andhra Pradesh is owned by ex-chief minister's son and family. News24 Hindi media channel Owned by ex-journalist and editor Rajiv Shukla, famous Congress MP in Rajya Sabha, Union minister, industrialist, BCCI vice president and IPL chairman. Times Of India, Mid-Day, Nav-Bharat Times, Stardust, Femina, Vijay Times, Vijaya Karnataka, Times Now (24- hour news channel) and many more... Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman. 'World Christian Council' does 80 percent of the Funding, and an Englishman and an Italian equally share balance 20 percent. The Italian Robertio Mindo is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi. NDTV: A very popular TV news media is funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain Supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards Pakistan because Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan. Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist party of India . His wife and Brinda Karat are sisters. India News (Information Tv Pvt. Ltd.) : Information Tv. Pvt.Ltd. runs a media brand called India news & news x. It is owned by Mark buildtech and Omkareshwar property’s, Where owner of the Mark buildtech is Kartikay Sharma who is a son of former congress politician Vinod sharma and brother of Manu Sharma ( Who was Involved in Jesicca lal murder case) and Omkareshwar property belongs to Bhupender Shingh Hooda (Former congress CM of Hariyana ) and his son Deependar Singh Hooda. A detailed report Regarding Ownership of Media and there connection with business tycoons and politicians was published by Newslaundry in Report Who owns your media?   Also Recommended to Read - TRAI set to regulate corporate control of media (THE Hindu)   #Paid_News . Indian Media on Sale Paid news is a phenomenon in Indian media, that refers to the systematic engagement of mainstream media outlets in publishing favorable articles in exchange for payment.. This type of news is typically sponsored by politicians, businessmen, and celebrities in order to improve their public image or accomplish political goals. You may have herd about Dons & Mafia's who demands ransom to forgive your life . But here The Media'n Mafia also demands mighty sums to stop character assignation of celebrated creatures . Indian media Houses often blackmail famous personalities & celebs some of cases are as follow In 2012 senior editors of the television channel Zee News were arrested for allegedly demanding Rs 100 crore from Jindal Power and Steel Ltd. In return for this pay-off they offered to dilute their network’s campaign against the company in the coal scam. The blackmail was exposed when JSPL chairman and Congress MP Naveen Jindal conducted a reverse sting on the network’s executives. Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd, which owns the Times of India, is reported to have asked celebrities and the wealthy to pay for favorable coverage. They have offered a "private treaty" agreement, which accepts an equity stake in a company in return for favorable coverage.[3] The New York Times described "private treaties" as an example of the commodification of business news.[11] A New Yorker article says that the Times of India "have been dismantling the wall between the newsroom and the sales department" with Times MediaNet. Deepak Chaurasia, host of India News, is accused of being a promoter of paid news in India. As per official statistical report of Election Commission of India more than 3100 notices were issued in alleged case of Paid news and about 787 were confirmed .(by May 2014) Advertising and Media Here I would like to put forward an astonishing fact and perhaps you will be jolted after reading it . If we statistically estimate aggregate/sum total of world spendings (including both govt and private expenditure) on different sectors than - As expected spending upon defense , arms and weapons is at top . Approx 1.57 trillion You will guess health or education at 2nd place but my dear friend you are certainly incorrect .Global Spending upon advertisements ranks 2nd which is a bit higher than lay out on Health & Education . Just look around advertisements are at every nook and cranny . While operating Mobile apps you see advertisements . On internet advertisements are always there . If you are too a part of typical Indian family than probability is quite high that while you are reading this blog your mum or pop will scold you out for always remain sticked to cellphone .Being an obedient Indian you may open book to react that you are studying but pause for a second have you noticed most of books and magazines are too full of advertisements . I dont know why they call a Newspaper as Newspaper .If We can rename Bombay to Mumbai , 7RCR to 7 Lok Kalyan Marg with out any solid reason .than shouldn't we rename Newspaper to advertisement paper because approx 60% of space is given to advertisements and rest to paid news and if than also some space left than that it is for hate story of Mohammad Shami , Love story of Virat and Romance of Ram Raheem & Honeypreet .the scenario is quite similar among News channels of television. I don't know why they keep telecasting SAAS BAHU AND SAJISH .I think in hot Indian summer noon due to high temperature there mind doesn't function properly therefore they become insane and forgot that they are news channels not Entertainment ones . By the way news had also become a sort of entertainment these days . Ok so we were talking about advertisements our television Channels too can't compromise without showing advertisements and yes TV advertisements are very interesting . God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar will come and request you to purchase pen,pencils LEDs , Fans and inverter batteries . Beauty Queen Hema Malini will emphasis you to purchase water purifiers RO .Rising star Virat Kohli will sold you tyres and captain cool Dhoni will plea you to buy engine Oil ...........Height of Hypocrisy .......... Walking is good for health ! move out from your sweet abode and enjoy the creativity of advertisements shown on bill boards . Let me remind you some of them .The picture of Justin Bieber at local Barber shop who cuts hair for RS 10 , Photograph of Salman Bhai and Kajol at Juice stall of sugarcane . So the nucleus is every time , every where we remain surrounded by advertisements and they often cause deep impressions on your sub - conscious mind which will insist you to purchase particular products even if they are not of our use and hence promoting consumerism . You know Mukesh Ambani is Mukesh and Mark Zukerberg is Mark Zukerberg because of us We The People the day when we will stop using Reliance services and Facebook they too will become Nirav modi and Vijay Mallya .Consumers are very powerful but we don't know our potential .Consumer behave like dummy puppets because of the brain wash done by black magic of luring advertisements . The Sole purpose of Media houses is not to publish genuine news and stories but to increase TRP to attract companies for Advertisements and hence genrating revenues and all together there only aim is profit maximisation rather than social awareness . Journalists and Media men get there livelihood from advertisements of MNCs indirectly they depend on MNCs for there survival . Than it is obvious they will favor there business clients .Here is case study for you , Have you ever thought how a Newspaper with large pages , colored print , consist of latest news , with expensive articles of world famous authors and home delivery costs us just Rs 5 - 10 .How ? a A big question Mark ? How newspaper agencies afford to provide such an expensive piece of paper for almost free not only Newspaper firms but TV channels also at minimal cost of approx Rs 250 . You can see Movies made by celebrated artists . News debates there analysis by wise Anchors and a hidden team of 1000s of members .If you are a cricket fan than why to go stadium and pay kilos of money just switch on your TV and enjoy HD quality Live Show . We all know the answer is They earn there profit from advertisements . Than the question arise is whom should Media be accountable to ,we Kanjooos people OR to business tycoons who fed there families . In the latest IRS report, Dainik Jagran and Times of India have retained top slots among Hindi and English dailies respectively. Dainik Jagran has a total readership (last month) of 7,03,77,000 while The Times of India has a total readership of 1,30,47,000. Hence Approximately a front page advertisement in above two newspaper on a normal day with all external factors as average will cost you 2-5 Crore INR . Similarly on a popular channel like Aaj Tak , Star Plus , Star Sports at prime time (generally around 8-10pm) a Commercial ad of 10secs costs around 15-25 lakh Rupees . And suppose if election results are to be declare or there is any world cup or Olympics or a new movie telecasted for first time on TV than amount per 10 secs may reach to 40-50 lacs. Today , What we eat ? What we drink ? What we study ?where will we do jobs ? where we reside ? which party will come in power ? Govt policies etc are directly or indirectly decided by Businessmens and remember media is there Brhamastra . Henceforth for a bright future There is an urgent need to stop this dark era of crony capitalism . Two more issues mentioned below will be addressed and analysed very soon Brick wall between Citizens and news publishing house Promotion of Violence , westernism and Nudity by Media
  4. 3 points
    Unfortunately every citizen is having his own personal matters to be taken care of and hardly have personal time to spend with families at a place like Mumbai. In addition this goondaism and group fights , extortions and threatening are usual. BMC corporators are more powerful than MLAs of other districts. If any citizen is having such time, he should file RTI Application and seek information on full details of unauthorised construction, locational address, present status, action taken, pending in Court and the officials responsible for such negligence in duties. In this forum, I have seen such extra ordinary follow up through RTI and then bringing into logical conclusion through PIL by our esteemed member Mr.Bali and he has contributed more insights into tackling this problem. Because of his vast knowledge, perseverance, he could do that at his personal expenses in Punjab state, but in Mumbai we can never dream of that. Why only Mumbai, it is there in Thane, Kalyan and even in Dombvilli also.
  5. 3 points
    Your drafting is good and even an expert can not suggest better points. Just mention the subject matter with more clarity in one sentence. Complaint dt........................from......................against dy. Registrar, orders Ref....................No....................Implementation status. The queries are more than enough. Congratulations for perseverance in focussing on many issues as required in RTI.
  6. 3 points
    1. Hearing for either First Appeal or second appeal is not mandatory, but experts always advised members to make good use of such hearings as chances of getting information in First Appeal stage or more bright. When the focus is on securing information as expeditiously as possible, the opportunity has to be used without fail. 2. An appellant can depute any representative on his behalf with a simple authorization letter and representative's identity and information about the deputation of representative in writing to FAA have to be made well in advance. 3. Normally, they should suggest two dates and give the option of selection such as date to the appellant. When only a few FAAs provide such opportunity, without postponing further, it is better to avail the opportunity of hearing. 4. The hearing is only for presenting the grounds of dissatisfaction on PIO's response and it is proper to send a representative who is well versed with such grounds and details on the query. Remember, the burden of proof of denying information is only on PIO. The grounds of first appeal were already stated in first appeal, so there is not much to be worried about hearing.
  7. 3 points
    1) Joining date letter as he joined in the year 1981: This is a public record and not personal information. 2) Retirement date and retirement letter This is a public record and not personal information. The following queries are in between employer and employee there is no larger public interest 3) Appraisals he got till now 4) Promotions he got till now 5) Last payslip before retirement 6) Last payslip after retirement 7) List of memos against him 8 ) List of cases against him 9) List of transfers and the reason of a transfer You may go for the First appeal for the first two, and for 3 to 9 establish larger public interest if you want information.. Members can not guarantee you as to whether they are bound to reply, and it has to be decided by IC on such grounds stated by the appellant in the second appeal in establishing larger public interest.
  8. 3 points
    The confusion comes due to lack of understanding of RTI Act before filing an application. Read in your mother tongue Sec.7 (1) For general information, the period is for 30 days.Sec.7 (1) First para. For information on Life or Liberty of a person --48 hours.Sec.7 (1) second para. Your issue of Ration card comes under Life or Liberty as per CIC decisions earlier, hence PIO must respond within 48 hours from date of receipt. Ask your friend to look at CIC decisions and advise him to learn more before giving guidance to others.
  9. 3 points
    This is the most horrible and serious affair, and I hope that any of our members from Krishnagiri may respond and extend his helping hand to an 82-year-old lady who has to travel from Bangalore to Krishnagiri for routine matters. Denying such funeral expenses even after six months defeats the very purpose of introducing such welfare step. To Member/ Immediately file RTI Application to State Public Information Officer, Treasury dept, Krishnagiri seeking information under Life or Liberty clause as follows: Information solicited: 1)Please provide me the copy of laid down norms/orders/circulars on the process to be followed for disbursing dependant/nominee pension on the death of real pensioner (pending pension) and 2.The laid down procedure for payment of compassionate amount towards rituals to the dependant. (There is a prescribed format of application for TN and you can find out from the website of District Treasury, Krishnanagar or any TN State dept website and pay RTI fees of Rs.10/- as per the mode prescribed in RTI rules stated in the website (They are simple ) SPIO , District Treasury has to respond within 48 hours from receipt. Wait for a week and file the first appeal before FAA, wait another week for FAA response and immediately after ten days of making the first appeal make the second appeal to State Information Commission, TN under Life or Liberty clause and for Priority in hearing as a Senior citizen. (Invariably enclose AADHAR copy that shows your age in all your correspondence as Xerox on RTi Correspondence itself) 2. Make a Uniform format of the facts above in the form of petition and send your story of grievance changing the address to various authorities with same contents. (You can also use online grievance procedure in TN and save costs and time) 1.District Collector, KRISHNAGIRI 2.Director, Treasuries Chennai 3.Chief Minister, CHENNAI.. 4.Education Minister Chennai. (They have an Act for redressal of grievances (Citizen Charter) wherein they have a fixed time frame for attending each service and in case of delay the concerned official has to pay a penalty Wait for a month AND THEN ISSUE LEGAL NOTICE TO CONCERNED TREASURY OFFICER FOR MISFEASANCE OF PUBLIC AUTHORITY AND YOU CAN LATER FILE A WRIT CLAIMING ALL LEGITIMATE DUES, COSTS, EXPENSES AND COMPENSATION FOR HARASSMENT.
  10. 3 points
    High Court rules framed before RTI Act came into existence and they have laid down procedure for obtaining certified copies and not under RTI, they should prevail. The guidance was given where there were no rules framed for providing certified copy before enactment of RTI. Indian Evidence Act stipulates for obtaining certified copy from all public authorities.
  11. 3 points
    You can seek such information from NCTE by filing RTI Application on line. Please solicit information as follows: Information solicited: 1.Please provide me approval No. give by NCTE for the course of B.Ed at Jyoti Sriranga sai college at.......................in ......................district of andhrapradesh.
  12. 3 points
    When members post a query, bare minimum details are required. What is this "Commencement Certificate" and what is the context and the public authority that denied that information are fundamentals. You can not get judgment/decision for each and every document. Any information not exempted under Sec.8 (1) RTI Act is to be disclosed. The burden of proof that those documents are personal in nature rests on PIO. Mere quoting a section and denying information amounts to malafide and deliberate denial of information. It is the statutory obligation of PIO to justify as to how the mandatory documents filed before a Public authority amounts to personal information and what personal information is stated in those documents. (The documents submitted must be an estimate, a blue print, certificate from Architect and all documents in larger public interest for safety of building and following laid down norms for getting sanctions) Documents submitted for commencement of certificate can never be personal information as those are mandatory documents required as per procedure for obaining a legitimate commencement certificate. The objective of RTI on Transparency and accountability is the issue involved. Go for first appeal or second appeal as per the present status of denial. (Do not think that by producing a CIC decision or judgment, PIO applies his mind. After 12 years of enactment, if PIO is rejecting that information appears as strange, as it appears either he must be new, and is not in the habit of turning the page and learning the work or no one has applied for such documents for commencement certificate in these twelve years)
  13. 3 points
    Prasad GLN

    CBI

    Please file complaints to Central Vigilance Commission on line as expeditiously as possible. It does not involve single rupee cost and you can ask them to keep your name as confidential as whistle blower also, if you file them through traditional post. Please follow directions given in CVC website for whistle blower complaints.
  14. 3 points
    First issue a legal notice to CIC narrating in detail every order, letter of correspondence and inform them that you have left with no alternative than to file writ for misfeasance of public authority seeking directions in the form of mandamus. Invariably mark this to Chief ic, and also Transparency officers of SBI and CIC. In the writ your efforts must be reflected and non payment of pension is a serious violation and forms under Life or liberty clause. A very rare case where Associations that might have failed to get pension of retired official. I do not know what member can do with that RTI information whereas focus should be on final remedy of getting pension and huge compensation which is alone possible through writ.
  15. 3 points

    Version Subhash v. SIC

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    Hon’ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana in the matter of Subhash v. State Information Commission, Civil Writ Petition No.17718 of 2014 (O&M) dated 26.7.2016 had held as under: “This Court is of the opinion that reliance upon the judgment of the Apex Court in Girish Ramchandra Deshpande's case (supra) in the facts and circumstances of the case was not justified. A perusal of the said judgment would go on to show that information sought was pertaining to personal matter of the service career and also details of assets and liabilities of the respondent which was sought under the Act. Resultantly, the Apex Court after examining Section 8(1)(j) of the Act came to the conclusion that the gifts which were accepted by the third respondent, his family members, friends and relatives which were found mention in the Income Tax Returns would be personal information which could be denied under the above said provisions. It was further held that copies of the memos, show cause notices and censure/punishment and details of the investments, lending and borrowing from Banks and other financial institutions could not be given to the applicant since it would amount to unwarranted invasion of privacy of the individual. In the present case as noticed from the application, no personal information as such is being sought for against any one officer. General detail of the corruption cases pending against the serving and retired public servants and as to whether in spite of registration of such corruption cases, the service benefits to such officers had been given or not and which officer had passed such orders were sought for. It is thus apparent that what is being sought is the information relating to corruption and it is not the information pertaining to a particular individual as such. The respondent- Commissioner, however, in spite of noticing the fact that the appellant had raised this issue has not given any valid reason while upholding the orders of authorities below and has only given a stamp of approval to the same. The Division Bench of this Court in First Appellate Authority-cum-Additional Director General of Police and another Vs. 7 of 11 *** Chief Information Commissioner, Haryana and another 2011 AIR (Punjab) 168 while noting the purpose of the Act, held that information pertaining to corruption is a relevant document and cannot be denied. It was held that such information leads to transparent administration which is antithesis of corruption.”
  16. 3 points
    Please search in website of any PSU Gas/Oil Company and they have uploaded all such terms and conditiosn for appointment of dealership. Find it out yourself. I have come across instances of one family having more than 20 agencies in the past before this uniform guidelines. They know the tricks and PSU officials guide them how to violate the law and still get protected on such violations, as they are experts.
  17. 3 points
    According to information obtained under RTI by Desai, the central government has spent Rs 632.18 crore on print media, Rs 475.11 crore on electronic media and Rs 208.54 crore on outdoor media. The information on how much money spent on the advertisement on foreign media is not available with the Bureau of Outreach and Communication. "It is shocking to see that central government spent almost Rs 1315.83 crore. Which means the government spends Rs 3.65 crore per day. That's a huge amount but they have given just Rs 600 crore to Kerala state which is in distress due to floods," said Desai.
  18. 3 points
    Go for inspection with digital camera take as many snaps you are capable of.
  19. 3 points
    It was touted as a sign of changing social mores. In May this year, the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), under the Maneka Gandhi-led Ministry of Women and Child Development, claimed that since 2012, nearly 60 per cent of those adopted across the country were girl children. CARA CEO, Lt. Col. Deepak Kumar, even went on record to say that this had nothing to do with more girls being given away for adoption. He instead asserted that Indian couples were “preferring” girls. According to the response, there were 4,170 children available for adoption in 2017-18 — 2,547 girls and 1,623 boys. Of these, 3,846 children were adopted, while 324 were not. Even if these 324 children were all girls, it would still mean that more girls were adopted. “If 10,000 people want to adopt boys, there are 15,000 who want to adopt girls,” he said. “The registration is a more accurate indication of people’s preferences than the availability of children,” he added.
  20. 3 points
    Your Fundamental Right to see the Government Records in a time-bound manner by paying 10 rupees.

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  21. 3 points
    The address is: AP Information Commission, Mangalagiri , Guntur District. BSNL telephone directory can provide you telephone number. Post that number for use of others.
  22. 3 points
    Mr. Garg, So kind of you. This important information instead of suffering in the middle of certain posts, fit to get it's due place and attention in Blog sector. Really, very very useful information to our members, Thanking you once again for prompt response.
  23. 3 points
    Strongly advocating the need for political parties to willingly come under the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2005, Sridhar Acharyulu, Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission said parties in power must be answerable to the people. “On the use of the RTI Act in our country, a lot to be done as the Act can be used much more effectively by the people,” he said. Mr. Acharyulu was addressing a workshop organised by RTI warriors from the All India Professionals Congress (AIPC) and Belson and Belson Advocates. Highlighting the features of the RTI Act 2005, he said it was the Congress government that introduced the Act, but it was the Bharatiya Janata Party that had used it effectively. “Information procured through the RTI Act exposed scandals across various levels in the functioning of the State before the elections,” he said. He initially spoke about the lack of knowledge among people about knowing and being aware of their rights. “We also need to examine the access to critical information available and the mechanisms in place to disseminate it to the people,” he noted. The workshop was attended by law students, IAS aspirants, members of the general public and activists. Swapna Sundar, a member of the AIPC, said that while the RTI Act was a good tool, it was necessary to help people learn the nuances and pertinence of the requests for documents “With awareness of the Act being the key, workshops like these need to go more out into rural spaces as well. The mechanism in place as a part of the RTI Act too needs to be made easier for people — both to file petitions and receive information,” he said.
  24. 3 points
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  25. 3 points
    The High Court has struck down CIC order that file noting by one officer meant for the next officer with whom he may be in a hierarchical relationship, is in the nature of a fiduciary entrustment, it should not ordinarily be disclosed and surely not without any concurrence of the officer preparing that note. High Court ruled that "Any noting made in the official records of the Government/public authority is information belonging to the concerned Government/public authority. The question whether the information relates to a third party is to be determined by the nature of the information and not its source." The reasoning, that the notings or information generated by an employee during the course of his employment is his information and thus has to be treated as relating to a third party, was considered flawed. Court further stated that "Section 8 of the Act provides for exemption from disclosure of certain information and none of the provisions of Section 8 provides for a blanket exemption that entitles the respondent to withhold all notings on a file." CIC has earlier made the decision on the basis that when the file noting by one officer meant for the next officer with whom he may be in a hierarchical relationship, is in the nature of a fiduciary entrustment, it should not ordinarily be disclosed and surely not without any concurrence of the officer preparing that note. The file noting for a confidential and secret part would attract the provisions of Section 8(1)(e) as well as Section 11(1) of the RTI Act. The contention of the CIC was struck down and the court directed CIC to take the decision within 3 months. Earlier, however, Central Information Commission (CIC) in their Decision No. ICPB/A-1/CIC/2006 dt.31.01.2006, has held that “file notings are not, as a matter of law, exempt from disclosure”. Usefulness of the High Court Order The above decision is highly relevant for users who are filing RTI to know the Status of their earlier RTI. RTI Applicant can now use following questions in their RTI application Complete details of file notings made on the above said file number as on date. Separately the daily progress made in case of above said file till date i.e. when did it reach which officer/functionary, how long did it stay with that officer/functionary and what did that officer/functionary, do during that period on the said letter together with file noting and name and designation of each officer/functionary List of the officers with their designation to whom before the said file is placed. Also, provide me with the noting made by them on the said file.
  26. 2 points
    Make all attempts, do not assume things, let them state their objections if any. Continue your efforts and do not get doubts as you are not investing any huge amounts. It costs only Rs.22/- for a Registered post.
  27. 2 points
    Always remember that it is the forum that has facilitated us and inspired us. The credit should go to the forum and we are very small wheels.
  28. 2 points
    An applicant is not concerned with their internal correspondence, he is concerned only of getting information within the time frame fixed under RTI and he has to focus on further step undeterred by their internal jurisdictional issues.
  29. 2 points
    Split the application into two separate applications and resubmit. Ensure to count the words in all queries (Information solicited) to avoid such rejection once again. Brevity in queries is most essential and the query has to be built/structured in a clever manner to avoid rejection. While splitting the present application, ensure to separate the applications depending on sure and certain replies and those that may likely to be denied. File applications showing two different dates but can be sent in one envelope. The two different dates are for avoiding confusion during further appeals.
  30. 2 points
    1.Please permit me to inspect the following records pertaining to .....................................................(File notes/documents).and for providing certified copies selected by me under RTI . a b Please propose two convenient dates and provide such permission atleast ten days in advance.
  31. 2 points
    If one wants to play a game, he must first learn the rules. Under RTI, any relief/remedy is only as stated in RTI Act. Except going for second appeal and then to CIC, there is no other way. If second appeal decision is not satisfactory, then one may go to HC. There are no short cuts and only one high way and you have to cross the check posts of first and second appeal. (If only all appellants go to HC after FAA orders, HCs should have been flooded with such writs and made CIC a dummy authority)
  32. 2 points

    Version KHANAPURAM GANDAIAH v. Officers

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    The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Khanapuram Gandaiah Vs. Administrative Officer and Ors. Special Leave Petition (Civil) No.34868 OF 2009 (Decided on January 4, 2010) had held as under: 6. “....Under the RTI Act “information” is defined under Section 2(f) which provides: “information” means any material in any form, including records, documents, memos, emails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, report, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force.” This definition shows that an applicant under Section 6 of the RTI Act can get any information which is already in existence and accessible to the public authority under law. Of course, under the RTI Act an applicant is entitled to get copy of the opinions, advices, circulars, orders, etc., but he cannot ask for any information as to why such opinions, advices, circulars, orders, etc. have been passed.” 7. “....the Public Information Officer is not supposed to have any material which is not before him; or any information he could have obtained under law. Under Section 6 of the RTI Act, an applicant is entitled to get only such information which can be accessed by the “public authority” under any other law for the time being in force. The answers sought by the petitioner in the application could not have been with the public authority nor could he have had access to this information and Respondent No. 4 was not obliged to give any reasons as to why he had taken such a decision in the matter which was before him.”
  33. 2 points
    opt legible certified photo copies and regarding station dairy though this is helpful, but it is only a pointer
  34. 2 points
    The contract of insurance is a contract of utmost good faith. There is the only proposal by the member with an application and first premium. Whether the proposal is to be accepted or not is left to the other party entering into agreement of contract. When the proposal is not accepted, the contract is not complete and they have to refund the money. The contract of insurance is subject to medical examination if ME is not negative, Company has to bear the expenditure. If the proposer fails ME, he has to foot that expenditure and this is common practice even with LIC. (Legal example is Proposal is like a train of Gun powder, and acceptance is like match stick) You can issue a Demand notice under CP Act seeking the specific reason for rejection of term policy and for refunding of the amount with interest. They can not propose for changes and it is left to proposer either to accept it or not and it is the proposer to has to opt for a policy suitable to him. Mere collection of the first premium and asking to undergo ME cannot bind the company. The first premium can not be credited into policy holder account till he succeeds in ME and insurance policy is issued. The contract of insurance is complete only when it is agreed in writing through policy document.
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    Let us not argue with the authorities and waste precious time. Under RTI, if they say they have not received, try to send a copy to avoid further correspondence. Now that they have given e mail send the copy of grievance application direct to concerned Mr.Saheil Ghosh Roy and also send a Regd. Ack due to his official address with a covering letter stating that as SGR denied of having received the Grievance application, duplicate was submitted through mail and through hard copy by Regd. Post. Mark this as copy to PS and request them to ensure the receipt of Grievance by MHRD as they are denying such transfer. Focus on issue, do not divert your attention from the preliminary problem.
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    First search website of Electricity distribution of that state 1.Locate Public Information Officer 2. Format of application 3. Mode of remitting RTI Fees of Rs.10/- .Make the queries as simple as possible. Information solicited: 1. Please provide me the copy of laid down norms for providing a new Electricity connection to a residence that is already having such connection and that states the process involved in applying sanctioning, and obtaining of various deposits and documents. 2. Please provide copies of all documents filed including application and sanction at Door No.................in Ward No..............of .....................area in the name of ....................................... 3. Please provide the copy of process involved for disconnecting unauthorised connections given violating the laid down norms. 4. Please provide Name, designation, mobile no, email ID address of a. The official that sanctioned such illegal connection. b.The official that accepts complaints on violation of laid down norms. Then find out the specific violations and make a complaint to the concerned higher authority for disconnecting such illegal connections in residence of.....................sanctioned with out knowledge and consent of owner illegally, when there is already a connection sanctioned with No................... Wait for response and every Board is having internal redressal mechanism to carry out such complaints as Ombudsman.
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    Report this as grievance to Collector that authorities like sub Registrar, Tehasildar and welfare board failed to provide such circular and request him to provide either link to that uploaded GO and pray for directions to the concerned to provide such copy. Contact Advicate for the possibilities of taking the land on long term lease when outright sale is prohibited as you can never purchase the property--This is your personal issue. Coming to such registration in favour of others (in favour of non SC) you may complain to collector. Avoid friction and do not spoil your peace of mind, when there is no remedy and it is not helping. you. In this forum we follow a discipline and never encourage those things that are not proper legally.
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    Blue Cross is a voluntary social service organisations equipped with men, vehicles for rehabilitating and saving animals in danger was brought to their attention. Private parties offer donations and those donations are exempted under IT Act. According to my knowledge, there is no Ambulance service for animals exclusively and they are not even equipped with wuth medicines. However, if there is urgency, they may consider deputing their doctors. You can either call on them personally to seek information from Head of the Hospital or file Application to the local director of Veterinary Hospitals seeking written information on any issues. Search website of Ministry of Animal Husbandry to locate correct Public information officer, the format of application and mode of remitting fees.
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    You need not track the file . Railwaays budge allocations and announce the projects and budgets well in advance and release adertisements in all news papers. Eacj station is having a commitee for commuters and regular meeting.; Contact any one of them or file RTI Application and seek present status of such Bridges. (it is very difficult to get 100% railway contribution and if state government is prepared to provide land and 50% expenditure it can materialize in one year.
  40. 2 points
    The experts in the forum always are for filing RTI applications and appeals only through traditional speed / Regd posts. Appellant can not raise fresh issues not discussed during Grounds of First appeal before FAA. Make submissions as grounds for appeal as incomplete, incorrect and misleading information, seek personal hearing and for a speaking order. Getting of second appeal hearing takes years together, and the experts are always to settle the matter during first appeal only. There is no bar in submitting appeals on line or directly through post.
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    First do not care for such threats and do not have fears to do right thing. When the last page has been signed you know the dept., To get those details is not at all difficult, if you have the envelope with the assigned Regd. No...and on handwriting onn the envelope. Take it a challenge and you are not going to lose any thing and you have not told as to medium of threat (Oral or through some one else or in office or phone). First focus on the issue of information and do not distract on minor matters which are insignificant. Please read entire reply and do not stop further appeal process. Let some of your friend or relative from different location file RTI Application for inspection of RTI correspondence by that SPIO and if you are lucky you may get the same copy during inspection, if the representative is smart.
  42. 2 points
    Divya, who was lauded by the Commission for making “constructive use of RTI for larger public interest” and for scripting “one of the success stories of the RTI”, had submitted before the Commission that the villagers were facing a serious problem because of the difference in spelling used for the name of the village by the post office and the revenue authorities. The CIC reprimanded the Department of Posts for insisting without any logic that the name was actually “Harha” and for demanding that the villagers get it changed in all their other documents accordingly. In his order, Acharyulu held that the Hadha post office was “duty-bound” to write the correct spelling of every town or village, because a name is the only way of identification and it should therefore be in sync the with revenue and other records. Subsequently, R.K. Mishra of National Informatics Centre, Unnao submitted to the Commission that as per the directions of the CIC, the Postmaster General, Kanpur on July 6 ordered the change in spelling of Harha to the correct “Hadha” in accordance with all the revenue and other official records. He also submitted that a new nameboard has been fixed with the correct spelling in the post office.
  43. 2 points
    Go for complaint to SIC against those irresponsible idiots and spend your hard earned money or file fresh application to the relevant PIO, as locating correct PIO is thrust on applicant by Delhi High Court.
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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.
  45. 2 points
    The simple answer is it is sure that you can get full support and authentic guidance on RTI matters for certain, as the forum is dedicated exclusively for guidance on RTI matters.. For non RTI matters , you may receive guidance, which may not be authentic and may be as First Aid in case of severe accidents. If it is concerned with a public authority, even non rti matters can be converted to RTI.
  46. 2 points
    On appointment of transparency offer I obtained this information from RTI foundation web site 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 petition, the seven member bench order for the appointment of the “Transparency officer” now comes into force. Earlier, the Secretary, Central Information Commission had issued an order for the implementation of the CIC order. Central Information Commission August Kranti Bhawan Bhikaji Cama Place New Delhi-110 066 Date: 09-12-2010 Subject : 1. Roles of CPIO and Transparency Officer (TO) 2. Level of Transparency Officer (TO) 3. Job Chart of Transparency Officer (TO) Reference: D.O.No.CIC/AT/D/10/000111 dated 15.11.2010 Apropos the subject and reference cited, certain public authorities have requested clarification regarding the roles of the Transparency Officer (T.O.) vis-à-vis the CPIO, and the level of the Transparency Officer. 2. It is clarified that the institution of Transparency Officer is in fact an administrative arrangement for promotion of institutional transparency within the public authority through proactive and effective implementation of the provisions of Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005. These include effective record management, digitization of records, networking and incremental proactive disclosures. 3. The CPIO and the Appellate Authority, on the other hand, are parts of the RTI-regime and, in that sense, are statutory officers under the RTI Act. Their functions shall be as defined in Sections 7 and 19(1) of the Act respectively. 4. Within the public authority, a CPIO will be free to seek guidance from the Transparency Officer about disclosure-norms ⎯ both in its general and specific aspects. 5. The level of Transparency Officer, in any public authority, may vary depending on the availability of personnel of a requisite level. However, to be effective, a Transparency Officer should be of sufficiently high seniority in the organization, having uninterrupted and free access to the head of the public authority. He should also be able to effectively communicate and liaise with Divisional Heads of the public authority. It is, therefore, desirable that T.O. is either No.2 or No.3 behind the head of the organization, in the official hierarchy. 6. Job Chart of Transparency Officer Transparency Officer (TO) shall be the main centre of all actions connected with promotion of institutional transparency commensurate with the letter and spirit of the RTI Act. In performing this role, the TO shall: i. Act as the interface for the Commission vis-à-vis the public authority on the one hand, and on the other vis-à-vis the public authority and the general public/information seeker. ii. Engage continuously, in implementing the Commission’s directive dated 15.11.2010 regarding pro-active disclosures under section -4 of RTI Act, vis-à-vis the public authority concerned. iii. Regularly monitor decisions of the Central Information Commission (http://cic.gov.in) with a view to identify areas of openness both generic and specific as a result of such decisions. Ensure that all levels of employees of the public authority are sensitized about these decisions and their implications. Be responsible for issuing advisories, to officers/staff about need for sensitivity to institutional transparency and act as a change agent. Be responsible for sensitizing the officers/staff that the time limit stipulated in the RTI Act are outer limit for matters raised under RTI Act and officers/staff are required to be mentally tuned to disclose all informations, predetermined as open, within the shortest possible time on receiving request. iv. Be the contact point for the CPIO/FAA/Divisional Heads in respect of all RTI related matters of the Organisation. He will be the clearing house in all matters about making transparency the central point of organizational behaviour. v. Constantly remain in touch with the top management in the public authority about the strategy and the action to promote transparency within the organisation. Promote good management practices with the organisation centered on transparency. vi. Devise transparency indices for various wings of the public authority in order to introduce healthy competition in promoting transparency. vii. Help set up facilitation centres within the premises of the public authority, where members of the public can file their requests for disclosure of specific information and can inspect the records and documents etc. viii. Work out, in consultation with the departmental officers, the parameters of record management- its classification and indexing, plan of action for digitization of documents and records, networking etc and oversee and help implement the functions laid down in section 4 (1) (a) and 4 (1) (b) of the RTI Act. ix. Prepare information matrix based on analysis of RTI applications filed before the public authority and response thereof and, suggest to the top management the need for process reengineering, wherever necessary, as well as work out modalities of suo motu disclosure of such information. x. Be responsible for creating condition(s) in the organisation to establish an information regime, where transparency/disclosure norms are so robust that the public is required to have only the minimum resort to the use RTI Act to access information. xi. Be responsible for operating a user-friendly website for various information relating to the public authority concerned, including inter alia search option. xii. With the help of the appropriate wing of the public authority, set-up arrangements for training of the personnel to promote among them higher transparency orientation away from intuitive reflex towards secrecy, now common. xiii. Establish dialogue with the top management and key officials of the public authority regarding prevention of unnecessary confidentiality classification of documents and records under the Official Secrets Act and to check over classification. (B.B. SRIVASTAVA) Secretary Share your comments with RTI Foundation of India. Read more at: http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/would-public-authority-appoint-%E2%80%9Ctransparency-offic#.W0d65OHhU0N RTI Foundation of India
  47. 2 points
    A total of 76 IAS officers have secured cadre transfer since January 2014, the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) has said in response to a Right to Information(RTI) sought by Lucknow based activist Dr Nutan Thakur. Of these, 24 officers got Cadre changed from the North Eastern states, while nine from Assam-Meghalaya cadre, 4-- Manipur and Tripura and seven--Nagaland Cadre. During these four years, three IAS officers got Cadre changed from Sikkim and six from Jammu and Kashmir. Interestingly, not a single IAS officer got his cadre changed to any of these cadres known as being tough and unattractive. In contrast, a maximum of 12 IAS officers each got their cadre transferred to Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, while 8 IAS officers had Cadre changed to AGMUT Cadre, which includes Delhi and 7 IAS officers had their Cadre changed to Haryana.
  48. 2 points
    Description of Information Required: 1. In-accordance with the provision of section 2(j)(i) of the RTI Act, kindly provide me with an inspection of all the documents pertaining to XXXX. Please note that, during the process of aforesaid inspection, I shall select the required information, kindly do provide me with a certified photocopy of such selected information on payment of prescribed fees.
  49. 2 points
    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, the information given is full but empty. And they use smart writing skills to give but hide. If you go through the various threads posted at our forums here , you will realize that most of the battle is won or lost during the framing of the questions itself. Our experienced RTI Experts and team members continuously go on improving the RTI Application questions on the user's requests. Let us now see what are the biggest mistakes you can avoid in your RTI Application. Asking 'Why' in the RTI Application As per the RTI Act, the information being asked should be available in any form. The information cannot be created. Thus if a question is asked "why my speed post has not been delivered", probably, the PIO will straightway reject the application and quote nicely the RTI Act Para in the reply. Therefore, it is necessary to avoid 'WHY' from your RTI Application instead documents which can prove they 'WHY' should be asked. For example, to get the reason why the Speed post was not delivered, you should ask 'Provide me the copy of the Postmen beat register of {date}'. Addressing questions pertaining to multiple PIO As per RTI Act Section 6 (3) (ii) if the RTI Application is made for the subject matter which is not closely associated, the public authority, to which such application is made, shall transfer the application or such part of it as may be appropriate to that other public authority. Now, this is a booby trap. Though Central Information Commission has critically examined this still you will keep on getting the letter from one PIO to another that 'As per section 6 (3) (ii), your RTI application has been transferred to concerned PIO'. This means that you will never get the correct reply. The best course of action is to do some homework by visiting websites of the Organisation and finding the correct PIO. Asking for Voluminous records If you ask for information which is too voluminous, the PIO will apply section 7(9) stating that "it disproportionately divert the resources of the public authority or would be detrimental to the safety or preservation of the record in question." Thus asking for Muster roll records for 4 year period will fit the case of rejection. Though PIO cannot reject the application, there are fair chances that information will not get supplied. It is always advisable that the information period should be short. Further, if PIO failed to apply 7 (9), he will ask you to deposit exorbitant photocopy charges for all the records. Asking for third party information without proving public interest Now this is the most debated and contested issue in terms of RTI request. If you ask for a third party information always remember to include 'Public Interest' clause into it. Without 'Public Interest' petition, the PIO will immediately reject it by quoting Section 8 (1) (j) & Section 11 of the RTI Act. You can read our Explanation on what is third Party and various decisions relating to them here! There is a potential issue of PIO applying 'Privacy' clause of RTI. Therefore, it is suggested that as far as possible information about third party should be avoided, however, if at all it is but important, then always justify your RTI Application with 'how disclosure of the third party is in public interest'. You can use the corruption angle exposure while justifying Public Interest. There are many such examples and pitfalls which you may find it over on forums and from experts. If you think of any more, please do add it in the comments.
  50. 2 points
    Neemuch-based RTI activist Chandrashekar Gaur has a problem of plenty. He has received 1,170 letters so far to a single RTI query he had filed in February. This is not the end as letters keep pouring from all across India. On February 25, Gaur filed an online RTI query with Central Board of Direct Taxes(CBDT) seeking ‘consolidated’ information on total tax arrears in the country. “This is an online request, so I request you to reply on my email address and online only, and support digital communication,” he wrote in his query. But instead of providing consolidated information, CBDT transferred the petition to all regional offices which then forwarded it to their ward-level offices that are now replying individually to Gaur. To have an idea of how long this may go on, some cities may have more than 100 ward-level offices. Till Saturday, I had received 1,148 replies and 22 letters came in today (Monday), so I have 1,170 replies so far,” Gaur said. After a pause, he added: “But still not the answer I sought.” Gaur said the I-T department must have spent over Rs 50,000 on sending letters to him. “This is waste of public money. When I filed the query online and sought replies, there was no need for so many letters. Moreover, I had sought consolidated information and not ward or circle-level data,” he added. Gaur said replies have come from across the country.
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