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  1. Guide to drafting a good RTI application Drafting a good RTI application can be as easy as writing a simple leave letter. As long as the applicant knows the basics of the RTI Act 2005, drafting an application, requesting for information from any public authority, is little more than child’s play. 1. Pre-requisites: Your full name and address have to mentioned in the application. If you so wish, you can also mention your telephone number and email id, although this is optional. Have ready information about the Public Information Officer (PIO), his designation, address etc. I
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  2. HOW TO SEEK EVALUATED ANSWER SHEETS First file an RTI Application with prescribed application FEE and request for -- RTI Application is to be addressed to the Public Information Officer (PIO) in the office of Registrar of University. The application shall be submitted by Speed Post and speed post delivery is tracked through India Post website SPEED POST TRACKING and a printout be kept on record. PIO has to give a decision within 30 days from receipt your application. PIO shall inform you of additional fee i.e. document charges for supplying answer sheet.
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  3. The RTI application is to be addressed as follows: To, You can either visit the ward and submit it to its Dispatch Section and take an acknowledgment on the photocopy of your RTI application, or You can mail it by Speed Post, track its delivery on Indiapost website on internet and when it shows delivered take a print out of the track report and preserve it as a proof of delivery of your RTI application. In Maharashtra, the best way to pay RTI application fees is to paste a Rs. 10/- court fee stamp on the RTI application itself. You will get court fee stamp from any of t
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  4. Many Grant in Aid Colleges of State Ignoring Implementation of Important sub clause 4 (1) (b) of RTI : Study Need to make RTI Training Mandatory for College Employees Nagpur. A study conducted by a renowned RTI expert Shri Naveen Mahesh Kumar Agarwal, Registrar, Dada Ramchand Bakhru SIndhu Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur reveals that most of the grant in aid colleges in the state are ignoring the implementation of a very important section 4 (1) (b) of the Right to Information Act according to which it is mandatory for every public authority to upload the information about the stipulated 17
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  5. दादा रामचंद बाखरू सिंधु महाविद्यालय के रजिस्ट्रार नवीन अग्रवाल राजस्थान में सूचना अधिकार का प्रशिक्षण देंगे कोटा विश्वविद्यालय द्वारा आयोजित कार्यशाला में मुख्य वक्ता के रूप में आमंत्रित नागपुर। दादा रामचंद बाखरू सिंधु महाविद्यालय के रजिस्ट्रार एवं जाने माने सूचना अधिकार विशेषज्ञ श्री नवीन महेशकुमार अग्रवाल को सूचना का अधिकार विषय पर आयोजित कार्यशाला में राजस्थान के कोटा विश्वविद्यालय द्वारा मुख्य वक्ता (Keynote Speaker) के रूप में आमंत्रित किया गया है, कार्यशाला का आयोजन दि. २७/०२/२०२० को कोटा विश्वविद्यालय स्थित कुलपति सचिवालय के सेमीनार हॉल में किया गया है जिसमें विश्वविद
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  6. Information under RTI cannot be Refused even if the matter is sub judice : Naveen Agrawal Workshop on RTI organised for officers of primary schools 320 people trained in 4 days Nagpur. "Information sought under the RTI act 2005 cannot be denied on the pretext of the matter concerned being sub judice as per the provision of the act under section 8 (1) (b)" observed Mr. Naveen Maheshkumar Agrawal, recognised trainer of YASHADA , Pune and Registrar, Dada Ramchand Bakhru Sindhu Mahavidyalaya. However, he further added that the Section 8(1) (b) of the RTI Act exempts from di
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  7. I have compiled guidelines to be followed while undertaking inspection of records under RTI. The same is attached herewith. GUIDELINES FOR INSPECTION UNDER RTI 1. Even if you do not desire to carry out an actual inspection of records, invariably request as under in RTI application: This will have deterring effect on PIO against providing false information. 2. If you are not very conversant with the language of record or have any other disability, please also add the following sentence in RTI application: 3. When you get permission for inspection from PIO, FAA or
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  8. How to Stop Corruption? Corruption is one of the most disruptive problems faced by the world and it needs to stop without further damage to the humanity so as to have a better future for the coming generation. Corruption is a disease, a cancer that eats into the cultural, political and economic fabric of society, and destroys the functioning of vital organs. In the words of Transparency International, “Corruption is one of the greatest challenges of the contemporary world. It undermines good government, fundamentally distorts public policy, leads to the misallocation of resources, harm
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  9. In a given Public Authority, there may be several Public Information Officers & First Appellate Authorities, And therefore, a PIO, in his response to a RTI Application, should inform a RTI Applicant about the particulars of the correct & concerned First Appellate Authority. But in case a PIO does not do so, then a RTI Applicant should file a First Appeal, as follows: 1. Visit the Public Authority's website and try and look for the details of the concerned First Appellate Authority (FAA) under RTI link, especially in section 4 declaration. 2. If despite reasonabl
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  10. Deemed to be Universities are institutions which are not established as Universities through legislations, but which are declared as deemed to be universities as per Section 3 of the UGC Act. Section 3 of the UGC Act empowers the Central Government to declare by notification any such institution as deemed to be university on the recommendations of the UGC. All provisions of the UGC Act are applicable to the deemed to be universities. These deemed to be universities have the following salient features; [1] They concentrate on specific areas assigned to them on the basis of which
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  11. Dear member, this is a common complaint and due to non working of street lights your locality remains dark and unsafe and criminals take advantage of this darkness. You may file RTI application to the PIO of Nagarpalika/municipal corporation to seek the Information as under. Sir, The following street lights have not been functioning since a long. (A) ...................... (B) ......................(name of street) Several complaints have been made but no action has been taken by the authority so kindly provide following information. Please provide from record; (1) Cop
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  12. Of late defiance of orders of Information Commissioners has become rampant. The only remedy with the information seeker is to lodge a complaint with Chief Information Commissioner, who routinely issues another order for compliance that too after a delay ranging from 6 to 36 months depending upon efficiency and pendency of CIC/SIC. Commissions hardly invoke powers of Civil Court vested in it u/s 18.3 to ensure speedy compliance with its own orders. Hence I suggest that if after two months of filing complaint of non-compliance [with copy to PIO, FAA, and Head of public authority], as sugges
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  13. Please refer attachment which can be used while filing first or second appeal for denial of information quoting section 7.9 of RTI Act [Disproportionate diversion of resources] Disproportionate Diversion of Resources under RTI Act 2005 Section 7 (9) of RTI Act 2005 reads as under: In following cases it has been decided by CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION, NEW DELHI that Section 7(9) of the Act does not provide ground for denial of information. 1. Decision No. CIC/OP/A/ 2009/ 000204-AD dated 12-01- 2010 2. Decision dated 12-03-2009 in appeal No.CIC/ WB/ A/ 2007/010
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    • सड़क निर्माण में भ्रष्टाचार ना हो और पारदर्शिता के लिए आप चाहे तो निर्माण स्थल से #RTI के तहत निर्माण कार्य का सैंपल लेकर लैब में टेस्टिंग के लिए दे सकते है। http://rtiindia.org

       

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    • Instances that involve disclosure of sensitive information, it may be rationale for the CPIO to ask for citizenship proof
      Information Commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha held that seeking citizenship proof in case of demand of sensitive information is justified but seeking a signed copy of the application does not seem appropriate as the online portal does not mandate uploading of signatures.
       
      Sinha was hearing the plea of an Odisha-based RTI applicant who had sought from the Army information regarding implementation of rules under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 in all defence establishments.
      The Army did not provide any information to the applicant, the CIC noted. Akhand approached the Commission with a complaint that the central public information officer (CPIO) of the Army has demanded a signed copy of his online RTI application as well as identity proof before providing him the records.
      “In this regard, it may be noted that as far as CPIO’s request for citizenship proof is concerned, the same is not questioned as Commission in its prior decision(s) has held the view that Armed Forces stand on a slightly different footing as there may be instances that involve disclosure of sensitive information, and for such reasons it may be rationale for the CPIO to ask for citizenship proof,” Sinha noted.
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    • Some of you -- at least CJ Karira, who helped me years ago in one crucial step, getting SEBI to acknowledge its own circular! -- know of a 15-year quest among desi academics to get SEBI to release its stale masked FII data for academic research. At one point years ago a parliamentary query by Shyam Benegal, then Rajya Sabha MP, sought the release of this data for academic research. He then made a subsequent RTI query asking what had done about his complaint about the terrible answer he got to his parliamentary question. We thought we had succeeded when in response to that SEBI did put in public domain that FII data and promised to update. And to  their credit, they did update it from time to time, even if a bit fitfully. But thanks to a question by a curious IIT-Madras undergrad, we realized that what SEBI gave with one hand they took away with another. While the idea was that the FII IDs would be masked to preserve privacy, without telling anyone, SEBI changed the masks each month, drastically reducing the value for academic research (since you can't even tell how many distinct FIIs are there in the data base, and whether anyone traded over time). It also caused mistakes in academic research since no one imagined that SEBI would use changing masks, when no other regulator or exchange on the planet does so.

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

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

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    • LUCKNOW: The Central government has provided categorized security cover to 308 persons, out of which 24 have been provided the highest Z-plus cover, according to the answer to an RTI query.


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

       
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