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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
    Certainly, you have done a crime. But your motive is not for any unlawful gain to you or unlawful loss to anyone. Though your friend's letter can not erase/wipe your crime, he is the affected person, and if he has no objection, nothing can happen to you. Do not fear and always use your own name. If you are worried about your safety, request your friend to sign his name as an applicant. Keep silent and nothing can happen. Never do that again.
  27. 2 points
    Just go ahead and file the first appeal on the following grounds (keep it short and simple): Grounds of the First Appeal: 1. That, the information sought against each of the points of request for information is unique and not a repetition. 2. That, the information sought against each of the points of request for information are all public documents and hence the exemption of section 8(1)(d) (commercial confidence) does not apply. Prayers: 1. Kindly direct the PIO to provide the requested information forthwith. 2. Kindly direct the PIO to provide the requested information free of cost in accordance with the letter and spirit of section 7(6) of the RTI Act.
  28. 2 points
    Dear Mr. Prasad GLN Thank You for your prompt and valuable reply. You have really been helpful and people like you keep the RTI movement alive. I am really grateful to you and wish you all the best. Regards
  29. 2 points
    What exactly is your query ? You have to seek information from SPIO of that PS on action taken on each of your what's app message. You can also select one month data and can seek information from SPIO of same police station Information solicited: 1.Please provide me copy of the record that states the date wise whats app message received through No.......from public and forwarded to that PS for the month of Jan, 2019. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Date. Message from complaint on (crime) Action taken Official entrusted with the issue. ____1________2______________ 3_____________________4_________________5______________________ (If the data is available in the form of material register or any electronic record for controlling purposes please provide copy of that record) 3.You can also file RTI Application to Controlling Authority SPIO, Commissioner of police and can seek information as follows: Information solicited: 1.Please provide the laid down controlling mechanism that states that the concerned PS who receives the forwarded messages are taking promptly action as per What's App complaint. and then escalate this as complaint to Commissioner of Police that this system was reduced as ritual when no action is being taken on such messages, there is no use in promoting such schemes for publicity sake and request them to come out with a controlling mechanism for effective follow up on action taken by PS after receiving the forwarded message. (For Mumbai Police, such parking messages are too trivial)
  30. 2 points
    Never part with the cheque. Cheque for format of issuing notice under Sec.138 of NIA to drawer /PIO in google and wait for a response. Do not protract the matter and focus on information. As PIO has provided information required, let us appreciate his attitude and not penalize him. Report this as complaint to FAA and seek refund of such fees in demand draft. Before all this speak to PIO and report of bouncing of cheque. You have no where informed the reason for return of the cheque.
  31. 2 points
    When an applicant fails to receive any response of his application seeking information from State Public Information officer, within 30 days from date of receipt of such RTI Application by SPIO, the applicant has to go for First Appeal to superior authority of PIO designated as First Appellate Authority within the same organisation, on grounds of deemed denial. A simple format for guidance is being provided. First Appeal dt.20th Feb,2019 under RTI Act Before: First Appellate Authority, BAU, Agra Against: SPIO, BAU, Agra Appellant: Grounds for Appeal: SPIO has neither provided information nor rejected information for RTI Application of this appellant dt.....till today. As there is no response from SPIO within 30 days of receipt of the application, seeking information as deemed denial this first appeal. PRAYER: Appellant prays for directions to SPIO for providing the information free of cost as expeditiously as possible. Appellant.
  32. 2 points
    File a RTI application and seek the information the required information. Just ensure that, all your RTI queries point towards seeking photocopy of documents.
  33. 2 points
    The credit and appreciation if any for guidance goes to the Forum alone, who facilitated you with interacting with unknown members. The forum feels happy if their members get benefit out of the suggestions.
  34. 2 points
    You can file RTI application to CPIO, IRDA and can seek clarification. RTI Application dt.22nd Nov,2018 seeking information under RTI Act Before: Central Public Information Officer, IRDA, New Delhi. Fee: Postal order No...for Rs.10/- fvg.Accounts officer, IRDA payable at New Delhi. Applicant: Subject on which information is sought: "Portability"--=IRDA Act 2016 2 (m) read with portability mentioned in ORDER No IRDA/HLT/MIDC/Cir/03-12-12 dt310-2-2011-Item No.3 Information solicited: 1. Please provide me the copy or order or stipulation that enables transfer of one company Mediclaim Policy of one plan (Say 'X' Company) top another company with another plan (Say Y company)--on the portable clause in credits gained for pre-existing conditions and time-bound exclusions. Applicant.
  35. 2 points
    Make a simple application seeking information under RTI Act to SPIO of that Panchayat. Study the RTI rules and regulations of Panchayat to locate PIO, format of application and mode of remitting Rs.10/- RTI fee. A simple sample application is being provided for ready reference but you have to adhere to prescribed format if any by Panchayat. Application dt.10th Nov,2018 seeking information under RTI Act Before: State Public Information officer, Panchayat,................... Fee: Rs.10/- Applicant: Subject on information sought: All documents concerning application, approval, sanction, documents filed by owner for construction Assessment No........................at.............................Line, at..............................Village. Information solicited: 1)Please provide all the documents as certified copies filed by owner, office notes on approval/sanction of plans, for the above assessed house Applicant. Note: You can get only information under RTI and it is just a high way but not destination. You have to preserve those certified copies and then make a complaint to District Collector complaining about illegal permission, wait for a month and then file writ before High Court for demolishing the unauthorised structure.
  36. 2 points
    It seems the phone numbers as well as email address of the authority is available, have you tried calling up and speaking to the authority and offering to send the documents through email to the concerned authority who has not been able to open the said documents?
  37. 2 points
    Please understand the reason they have rejected , when MHRD has not received the grievance (as they say) a citizen can not insist information on which they say that there is no record. Instead of wasting time on First Appeal, lodge the same grievance in MHRD portal now and file RTI Application after one month to same authority.
  38. 2 points
    Add 1. Please provide list of all electronic Diagnostic equipment Purchased from 2015 to 2018 preferably in the following tabulated format 1.Nature of Equipment 2. Date of Purchase 3. Amount spent 4. Source of funds 5. Estimated life 6Present condition. Expenditure on repairs 7.Service guarantee period. 8.qualified technicians.9.If not in use reasons 10.Proposed expenditure for repairs. 11.Charges if any recovered from patients 12.Fees in General in other private hospitals.
  39. 2 points
    Ideally one should be seeking information (photocopy of documents) in accordance with the definition of section 2(f) of the RTI Act But having said that, you may file a first appeal within 30 days of the PIO's reply on the following grounds: Grounds of First Appeal: 1. I had requested for a photocopy of the documents wherein had been noted noted the permissions required to be taken from a Tehsildar for buying or selling land in the (describe here fully the name and other particulars of Village) XX Village as well as a photocopy of any Government Order / Circular etc. in this regard, however, the PIO has declined to provide the requested information. As per the provision of section 7(1) of the RTI Act, a requested information is to be either provided or a request rejected for any of the reasons specified under section 8 and 9 of the said Act. The PIO has neither provided the requested information nor rejected the request for any of the reasons specified under section 8 and 9 of the said Act, and therefore the PIO has disposed of my request for information in violation of the provision of section 7(1) of the said Act. 2. Furthermore in this regard, the Appellant would humbly like to draw the kind attention of this Hon'ble First Appellate Authority towards the persuasive precedent of Central Information Commission in Case No. CIC/SS/A/2012/000395 Dated: 17.5.2012 wherein it had had held that prefixing of 'why & what does'nt debar an applicant from receiving information under the RTI Act. Please find the relevant excerpt from the aforecited CIC decision reproduced below for the kind perusal of the Hon'ble Authority: Quote: Simply because the appellant has prefixed his query with why and what does not debar him for receiving information, which is admittedly a part of the record held by the respondent. The Commission therefore directs the CPIO to provide the action taken on appellant’s RTI application for issue of non-official photo pass as well as the reasons for rejection of application, as per record. Unquote Prayers: 1. Kindly direct the PIO to provide the information requested through the RTI application. 2. Kindly direct the PIO to provide the information free of cost in accordance with the provision of section 7(6) of the RTI Act. 3. Any other relief in the interest of justice. Enclosed herewith: 1. RTI application dated: XX 2. PIO's response dated: XX 3. The persuasive precedent of the decision of CIC in Case No. CIC/SS/A/2012/000395 Dated: 17.5.2012. You may download the CIC decision from the following link and enclose along with your first appeal: prefixing of why & what doesnt debar applicant from receiving info..pdf
  40. 2 points
    Let us admit the fact that most of modern parents care more for education of their children and do not care about expenditure. There is no need to explain that they charge exhorbitant charges. If in a particular area, 52 schools were opened and running with good strength confirms that parents care more for safety and quality of education. Whether it is recognised or not recognised is secondary. Quality of education, and proximity to house are the main choices. Are we not heard of some chief minister children going to attend colleges for 60 KM, as they prefer that college ? A central minister (Recently resignedd) daughter was studying at a Medical college located 250 KM from Hyderabad where his family used to receive. It is just a minute job for that Central Minister to get her get a transfer to Hyderabad college, as he is straight forward and every one is impressed by his sincerity and honesty. But, inspite of CM asking him to do the favour, he never said YES and she continued to reside in that area for 5 years till he completed her education.
  41. 2 points
    Law does not bar two or more applicants from filing a joint RTI application, but please note that, when you take a non-standard approach, it may result in a delay and RTI appeals being argued on grounds other than the main grounds for which a RTI has been filed. It would be advisable to avoid such non-standard methods. By the way, both the applicants can individually file the same RTI application.
  42. 2 points
    Dear Prasadji, Following is what the poster has tried to say (the poster may correct my understanding): I had filed a RTI to BMC, Building & Factory (B & F) Department. The Department provided 389 pages of information, out of which one page disclosed that B & F department had written a letter and instructed Water Department to disconnect an illegal water connection. I then attached the aforesaid letter to a RTI application and filed it with Water Department and sought information from them as to what action they had taken with respect to disconnection of that illegal water connection. The PIO of Water Department replied that they have received no such letter from B & F Department. The Departments of BMC are playing puzzle games, what should I do? Action Suggested: File a first appeal with the FAA of Water Department on the ground that PIO has provided misleading and incorrect information. Enclose a copy of the (1) RTI application (2) PIO's Reply and (3) The said illegal water disconnection letter written by B & F Department to Water Department along with the first appeal. In the first appeal hearing proceedings explain the whole matter to FAA and pray for directing the PIO to provide information on action taken on the said illegal water disconnection letter.
  43. 2 points
    May be, I could not follow the query properly. As per my understanding. from following para when i ateseted that copy and file rti to water depatment that give me copy or feed back of that complaint after few day they send me reply that they dont revied any letter from any department so plz guide me now what should i do in this puzzel game from b.m.c sir is that 1.Applicant found a complaint made to Water dept., 2.Member asked the water dept.,. as to action taken on such a such complaint mentioned in the file. 3.Water dept., stated that they have not received such complaint . Member is seeking guidance on what is to be done. The better course, as per my above understanding is enclosing that letter to the dept., that gave the file and asking them to send copy of such complaint (to water dept., as they have stated in writing that the complaint was not received) and obtain their acknowledgment, . Applicant should address letter to BMC with copy of that document, and also mark tit on his own to water dept also. If there is already acknowledgment or service proof asking them to provide such service proof as water dept admitted non receipt of such complaint. Then seeking inspection of inward register in water dept., and knowing the flow, and where the complaint was lodged within water dept., The game goes on with such correspondence, and if that is not material for any important issue,. iI is better to let off trivial issues without wasting time. If that letter is material, further follow up might be necessary.
  44. 2 points
    The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) – the nodal department for implementing The Right to Information Act, 2005(RTI Act) in the Government of India has uploaded two important documents on its website. The DoPT has issued reasonably detailed guidance for Public Information Officers (PIOs) to help them send better drafted replies to RTI applicants. Every PIO is now required to include in his.her reply- the office number given to the request, name and contact details of the PIO including email address, detailed reasons invoking the relevant provisions of access to information is denied, name and contact details of the appellate authority whom the applicant may approach with a grievance within 30 days of receipt of the reply. In this regard on this website many times have been discussed.
  45. 2 points
    There is no such mention in RTI Act. But, DOPT issued such OM to appoint Transparency officers as liaison with CIC. File RTI Application to DOPT seeking copy of their OM. (You can find out in their website) There is no change in duties and obligations, control of their regular duties , they are according to me titular heads. Each Public Authority has only one Transparency officer.
  46. 2 points
    Data provided in the RTI reply revealed that there was hardly any aspect of the core functions of the ACB that did not register a stark reduction till March 31 this year. When compared with its current average arrest rate, the ACB was catching more alleged corrupt public servants a decade ago than it is now. Of the 837 complaints registered for enquiry by it between January 1, 2015 and March 31, 2018, the ACB registered PEs in 6.81% or 57 complaints. Cases were registered in only 7.05% or 59 cases and the unit arrested only 49 government servants, according to the RTI reply. Data available on the ACB’s website showed that the anti-graft unit, as per a three-year average between 2006 and 2008, had an arrest rate of 100 persons per year. From January 1, 2015, to March 31 this year, the figure reduced to around 12. The ACB did not make a single arrest either in 2017 nor till March 31 this year. From mid-2014 to 2015, however, back-to-back directives by the MHA curtailed its ambit and power to investigate graft complaints against officials employed by the Central government. “The dip in manpower, complaints and PEs, cases and arrests is because the ACB is no longer investigating Union government employees and is a logical result given its new brief. A reduction in the number of departments it can have under its scanner will obviously lead to fewer complaints and the action taken on these,” the ACB official added.
  47. 2 points
    There is no withdrawal mechanism available in RTI. PIO should furnish the information and you have to follow appeal provisions. Threatening by PIO can be represented toPIO's Head of the Govt department thru complaint portal of the department. If it is not there CM cell grievance online petition can be used. Better do not provoke any PIO and personal meeting may not be required for RTI. It should be kept in mind that PIOs are only custodian information.
  48. 2 points
    Delhi HC to CIC: Impose Fine as Per Law, Token Penalty for Delay Not Valid Vinita Deshmukh 18 May 2017 1 Extract: "Can a Central Information Commissioner impose a penalty as per his whims and fancies? Early this week, the Delhi High Court slapped a show cause notice on the Central Information Commission (CIC), seeking an explanation for arbitrarily imposing a Rs5,000 penalty on a Public Information Officer (PIO) instead of going by Section 20 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The court stated, “Section 20 (of the RTI Act) mandates a penalty of Rs250 for each day’s delay subject to a maximum of Rs25,000…there is no concept of token penalty…once the explanation rendered by respondent is rejected, the CIC was obliged to impose the penalty in terms of Section 20.” The court has issued a notice to the CIC and the CPIO to respond by 22nd September. The petitioner, Dinesh Pandey, referred to the Supreme Court decision in the case of Union of India Vs. Dharmendra Textile Processors, where the apex court, while dealing with the concept of levy of mandatory penalty provided under Central Excise Act, 1944, has held that “when the statutory provision provides for mandatory penalty, the authorities cannot impose lesser penalty when no discretion is available on quantum of penalty under the said statutory provisions”. The petitioner also referred to two other decisions, of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana and High Court of Himachal Pradesh, which observed, “We find no provision in the Act which empowers the Commission to either reduce or enhance this penalty. If the Commission comes to the conclusion that there are reasonable grounds for delay and that the Public Information Officer (PIO) concerned has satisfactorily explained the delay then no penalty can be imposed. However once the Commission come to the conclusion that the penalty has to be imposed then the same must be @ Rs250 per day and not at any other rate at the whims and fancy of the Commission...” READ ENTIRE ARTICLE: http://HTTP://WWW.MONEYLIFE.IN/ARTICLE/DELHI-HC-TO-CIC-IMPOSE-FINE-AS-PER-LAW-TOKEN-PENALTY-FOR-DELAY-NOT-VALID/50540.HTML
  49. 2 points
    Let us no forget the yeomen services of Hon.CJ Karira who has posted more than 43,000/- posts, and though he is not visiting forum, he got maximum likes and some one try whether he can be nominated for Limca Records, as no one can even dream of getting any where near him. But for his personal interest and love to the forum, the forum certainly might have not been in this position. The last year was rough with attack of some pests (in the words of Hon CJK) there are difference of opinions among team members, but the differences are only in genuine related matters and never reflected in personal relations. None of the team members might have not seen each other or talked to each other but still the bonds are so strong, and every one respects the other without any bad feelings. There was an excellent contribution by Madam O. Raveena, as she was handling the entire moderation single handedly in 99%of posts last year, and it is the confidence that she is there moderating, others commenced replying, and like a Principal she has brought in discipline in the forum. I still remember the hard work Hon CJK and Madam O. Raveena's hard work, during spam attacks several times, the thread merging, personal criticism by some etc. Because of such dedication, sincerity and commitment the portal is prospering and when I joined the forum, I though the life might be just one or two years as RTI is a small act. When compared with views on twitters, the forum is receiving more visitors every day. Let us all maintain the same tempo.
  50. 2 points
    Congratulations! We did more than what the Govt did in spreading awareness and imparting training to lakhs of our citizens in addition to resolving specific RTI related issues on day to day basis, without even spending one per cent of Govt expenditure. I feel sorry that the great stalwarts like Mr C.J. Karira @karira and Ganpati Subramaniam, who have immensely contributed for this cause, are not with us regularly now. Let us all march together for achieving further heights in our endeavour.
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