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  1. Delhi Education Department's strategy to duck RTI queries -- transfer applications NEW DELHI: The Directorate of Education, complain activists, has evasion down to a fine art. Activists using RTI to obtain collated data that ought to be available with the DoE headquarters have had their applications pointlessly forwarded to the district and zonal offices and schools - even private ones - for replies. The result: no response at all, a deluge of paperwork or information so scattered, it's impossible to draw meaningful conclusions from it. "They can transfer applications to another public body if they don't have information but HQ transfers blindly," says laywer-activist Khagesh Jha. He'd sought land allotment letters of minority schools. "HQ transferred to the districts and they, to zonal offices. I'm getting responses saying the information is "bulky" - each document is no longer than four pages - and that I should visit each zone and examine it personally. That's 28 trips. This defeats the provision." The DoE transfers queries even to private schools though it's well-known they aren't covered by RTI. Mohit Goel, another activist, had filed a query on complaints related to nursery admissions in private schools. "Complaints are registered with the directorate but the query was sent to the individual schools who then replied RTI doesn't apply for them," says Goel. In case of government schools, he's received replies that, taken together, were "junk or camouflaged." "While private schools are outsideRTI, the law empowers the DoE to collect information from them using provisions in any existing act - such as the Delhi School Education Act and Rules, 1973 - but it chooses not to use that power," says Jha who started filing questions under the Delhi RTI Act 2001 (instead of RTI Act 2005) because "that has no provision of transfer." "But the DoE transfers even these queries." Rajiv Kumar of city NGO, Pardarshita believes this practice began when "Heads of school were made APIOs (assistant public information officers)." "That was done to make filing queries easier. Applicants could submit at the nearest school instead of going to districts offices." Kumar had filed a query on complaints on Right to Education Act violations registered through the grievance redress system. "It was addressed to the district office as complaints are registered with and arguments heard by the district's DDE (deputy director, education). That was sent to the zones that keep no such record," Kumar says. Activists also see this as an appalling waste of resources. "To have 200 schools reply individually when that data can fit on a single sheet is absurd. As Rs.17 per speed-post, you have spent Rs.3,400 and wasted paper," adds Kumar. Then, filing appeals becomes difficult; for each level of administration, there's a different appellate authority. "For schools, zones and districts, it's the regional director, education. If all districts refuse to reply, you have to file 13 separate appeals and one more challenging the transfer itself," explains Jha. For queries filed under RTI Act 2005, the appellate authority is the Central Information Commission; for Delhi RTI Act 2001, it is the Public Grievance Commission. If DoE also needlessly forwards queries to aided schools. "In their case, the principal is PIO and manager, the first appellate authority. In short, you won't get anything." "If the department placed more documents in public domain, the number of queries would automatically reduce. It doesn't and behaves like a post office when queries are filed. They don't even read the questions," complains Jha. To test the system, he'd sought the 2012 Shailaja Chandra Committee report (on review of the DSEAR 1973), even though it's available online. He says the reply turning down his request said, "The report is under consideration." Read More: Delhi Education Department's strategy to duck RTI queries -- transfer applications - The Times of India
  2. Who will be India’s next Central Chief Information Commissioner under RTI ? After nearly six months of keeping the post of Central CIC’s post vacant and with 203 applicants responding to DoPT’s advertisement for this post, the screening committee is finally meeting on 16th January to decide a name So, who will be India’s next Central Chief Information Commissioner? The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has invited the search committee members comprising cabinet secretary, Rashtrapati Bhavan (chairman); Additional Principal Secretary to PM; Secretary, DoPT; Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs; Secretary, Dept of Expenditure and Professor Ram Chand, National Centre for Agricultural Economics & Policy. They are scheduled to meet at the cabinet secretariat of Rahtrapati Bhavan on 16th January. On the same day, another meeting to draw a panel for information commissioners will also take place. The Agenda note for the meeting states that the 203 applications received for the CIC post have been divided into seven categories to facilitate shortlisting of candidate. The Agenda note procured by Moneylife states: “(the) Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has directed that for the sake of consistency and uniformity in approach, the procedure for selection of information commissioner, which includes amongst other things, advertising the post and short listing by a search committee may be adopted for appointment to the post of Chief Information Commissioner as well. Such short listed panel may then be placed before the selection committee for its consideration.” “Accordingly, a circular was posted on the website of DoPT inviting applications to the post of Chief Information Commissioner on 24.10.2014. The post was also advertised in three leading newspapers (two in English and one in Hindi) as was done for appointment to the posts of information commissioners. The last date of receipt of applications is 24.11.2014. A total number of 203 applications for the post of Chief Information Commissioner in CIC were received. Applications received after the cut-off date of 24.11.2014 are not being considered.” “As per Section 12 (5) of the RTI Act 2005, the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioner shall be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in `law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance.” “Accordingly, all these 203 applications have been broadly categorized into seven categories of knowledge and experience as mentioned above. Few applications which do not fall within these seven categories have been mentioned as ‘other’ categories. However, for the sake of categorization, only the main field of knowledge and experience, if any, have not been indicated. Law: 37 Science & Technology: 21 Social Service: 09 Management: 28 Journalism: 03 Mass Media: 05 Administration and Governance: 89 Others: 11 Total: 203 Here is the list of these 203 candidates…(also attached) 252592665-Vinita-List-of-Candidates-for-CIC.pdf “It is pertinent to mention that in a Review Petition filed by Union of India against Hon’ble Supreme Court judgment dated 13.09.2012 in Namit Sharma case, the Hon’ble Supreme Court vie the judgment dated 03.09.2013, inter-alia, gave the following direction: 1. We direct that only persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in the fields mentioned…..be considered for appointment as information commissioner and Chief Information Commissioner.’’ The Search Committee would be seeking reports from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of the shortlisted persons and would ask DoPT to obtain reports from Intelligence Bureau (IB). So, finally it seems the crucial vacancy that had earned ire from activists from across the country is well on its way to be filled up. However, India needs to thank Delhi-based RTI activist Commodore Lokesh Batra (retd) who has been pursuing this issue through RTI applications. Batra says, “Though there is a huge delay in filling up the above posts, I am of the opinion that this time the process of shortlisting is going to be more transparent.’’ [TABLE=width: 700] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][TABLE=width: 660, align: center] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Here is the chronology of his efforts as timeline by him:[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]07.09.2014 : Filed RTI in DoPT (No. 1-Attachment)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]07.10.2014 : CPIO, DoPT sent response and intimated that both the Files are under submission i.e. (i) File No.4/4/2014-IR concerning processing the appointment of Information Commissioners in CIC and (ii) File No.4/7/2014-IR concerning processing of appointment of Chief Information Commissioner" in CIC.[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]29.10.2014, I inspected File No.4/7/2014-IR : concerning appointment of Chief Information Commissioner after it was returned by PMO and collected certified copies of Notings Side from Page NOs 15 to 31 (last page). I also collected relevant 10 pages from Correspondence side.[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]DoPT File No.4/7.2014 : Appointment of Chief Information Commissioner in CIC 2014[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]• PMO after holding the file for over two and half months (from 01.08.2014)..... returned the file to DoPT vide PMO ID dated 17 October 2014. In its note of 17 October 2014, PMO stated that : Quote : "Prime Minister has desired that for the sake of consistency and uniformity in approach, the procedure for selection of Information Commissioners which includes, among other things, advertising the post and short listing by a Search Committee, may be adopted for appointment to the post of Central Information Commissioner as well. Such short-listed panel may then be placed before the Selection Committee for its consideration."Unquote[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]12 June 2014 : DoPT sought clarification from Lok Sabha Secretariat : "xxx whether any leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha has been recognised. If the leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha has not been recognised as such, it is requested to kindly intimate the name of the leader of the single largest group in opposition of Government in the Lok Sabha, for the purpose of selection of Information Commissioners as per the RTI Act."[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]19 June 2014 : Lok Sabha Secretariat responded to DoPT's above clarification and stated : Quote "As on date, there is no Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha. Indian National Congress with a strength of 44 members is, however, the single largest party in opposition to the Government in Lok Sabha. As per information received from the party, Mallikaarjun Kharge is the Leader of Indian National Congress in Lok Sabha" Unquote[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]08 July 2014: DoPT sought the advice of Department of Legal Affairs (DOLA) as to whether the Leader of single largest party in opposition can be considered as Leader of the single largest group in opposition, in Lok Sabha, for the sake of section 12(3) of RTI Act.[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]15 July 2014: Pending Clarification from DOLA..... DoPT submitted file with brief to PMO for kind consideration of Hon'ble Prime Minister on 'Appointment of Chief Information Commissioner' in Central Information Commission for :- (i) Nomination of a Union Cabinet Minister for the Selection Committee u/s of the RTI act. (ii) A convenient date for holding of the meeting of the Selection Committee.[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]21 July 2014: V. Sheshadri, Director, PMO in its note to Secretary, DoPT conveyed that the Prime Minister has nominated Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, as the Member of the Selection Committee under of Section 12(3) of the RTI Act. The PMO note goes on to say "The undersigned is directed to convey that the matter shall be resubmitted for a decision on date of meeting of Selection Committee, after the issue raised in para 6 of the aforesaid note is decided."[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]17 July 2014: DOPT received clarification from DOLA. DOLA confirmed on DoPT query in affirmative with a rider that "We, however, clarify that this answer is only for the limited purpose of the RTI Act [explanation below section 12(3)] and not for any other purpose"[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]31 July 2014: File was again submitted to PMO. In this note name of Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of Indian National Congress in Lok Sabha was included as Member of the Selection Committee and Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence as Member of the Selection Committee.[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]17 October 2014: PMO after holding the file for over two and half months (from 01.08.2014)..... returned the file to DoPT vide PMO ID dated 17 October 2014[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]24 October 2014 : DoPT uploaded a circular on the website of DoPT advertising post of Chief Information Commissioner and later also advertised in English and Hindi Newspapers[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
  3. The agency is facing criticism for providing information on allegations of corruption, in-house or cases probed by it, even though it is under statutory obligation to provide such records under the RTI Act despite being in the list of exempted organisations. Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46529939.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  4. NEW DELHI: A poor prisoner in Kolhapur in Maharashtra had to approach the CIC for a simple piece of information - the PIN code directory of postal department - as he did not have access to Internet to know the correct code for sending letters to his family. Read more at:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46529076.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  5. Their ownership is, usually, hotly contested and a recent Right to Information (RTI) reply from the Land and Building branch has revealed a case which establishes illegal occupation of one such evacuee property located in North Delhi’s Karol Bagh over several generations. Read more at: 683 evacuee properties subject of legal strife - The Hindu
  6. In a major boost to IFFCO’s legal stand that being member-driven cooperative it lies beyond the purview of the RTI Act- has been upheld by the Delhi High Court on Monday. RTI activist Subhas Chandra Agrawal had appealed in the High Court against the CIC judgment delivered in 2013 in favour of IFFCO. Chandra had engaged the famous lawyer Prashant Bhushan but the honourable court dismissed the arguments and ruled that IFFCO does not fall under RTI Act as it has no government equity and also it is not a ‘public authority’ under Section 2(h) of the Act. Senior Advocate Arvind Nigam and Rajiv Bansal argued for IFFCO. The legal wrangle started with the petitioner Subhash Chandra Agrawal filing an application in the year 2011 under the RTI Act and sought various information from it. By a letter, IFFCO rejected the said application stating that it has no government equity and IFFCO is not a ‘public authority’ under Section 2(h) of the Act. In 2013 the first appeal filed by Subhash Chandra Agarwal against the letter dated 03.02.2011 was also rejected. Thereafter, Subhash Chandra Agarwal filed a second appeal before the CIC and after its rejection too , it filed an appeal in the High Court. The question before the High Court was to ascertain whether IFFCO is substantially financed and /or controlled by the appropriate government so as to fall within the sweep of Section 2(h) of the Act. The petitioners relied on the decision of the Court in Krishak Bharti Cooperative Ltd. v. Ramesh Chander Bawa: (2010) 118 DRJ 176 in support of their contention. After hearing the arguments of the petitioner the Court felt that although, IFFCO was established by the funds provided by the Central Government, the said funds had been returned and the equity has been re-purchased. It was also asserted that IFFCO had paid substantial dividends to the Central Government on the equity subscribed by the Central Government.
  7. [h=1]CIC directs Delhi Women Commission to disclose rape records[/h] New Delhi: Amid outrage over the interview of a December 16 gangrape convict, CIC on Wednesday directed the Delhi Commission of Women to make public records of rapes committed in the national capital with stern conditions to ensure that identities of victims are not disclosed. "The Commission observes that the records relating to rape victims cannot be totally blocked from sharing for research purposes on the ground of personal information under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act. "When it is possible to separate information that can be given from that cannot be given, the PIO has to invoke doctrine of severability to facilitate the information," The Commission observes that the records relating to rape victims cannot be totally blocked from sharing for research purposes on the ground of personal information under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act. Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said. The case relates to Baladevan Rangaraju who claimed that he wanted information on rape victims for research purpose and personally requested the Secretary of the Department, who after knowing the purpose, refused to furnish the records. Rangaraju said information sought by him had to be maintained by the Department according to Delhi Commission for Women Act, 1994. The Commission expressed concern over the issue of the protection of privacy of the rape victims and contended that it was not possible to separate the names of the victims from various documents including medico-legal case reports. "Facilitate inspection of the records to the authorised female representative of the appellant with an assurance that they shall not bring any electronic device like video records, mobile, camera etc, block out the names and personal details of the victim and accused by whitener on the photostat copies," Sridhar said setting stern guidelines for disclosure of sensitive information. He said each paper shall be verified by the officials of Delhi Women Commission to ensure that nowhere victims' names and private details are revealed before certifying. "The appellant is directed to enter a non-disclosure agreement with an undertaking that he/his representative will not reveal information about the personal details of the victims and the accused and that they shall be responsible for any such revelation through the documents shared," he said. Acharyulu warned that any such disclosure would not only result in the breach of undertaking but also an offence under the Indian Penal Code. "It shall be responsibility of the respondent authority to secure records, and the appellant shall share the copy of the research report with the Women's Commission and this Commission," the Commissioner said in his order. Read More: CIC directs Delhi Women Commission to disclose rape records - IBNLive
  8. New Delhi: Asking the Delhi Lieutenant Governor's office to desist from adopting a flip-flop approach, the CIC has directed it to make clear within 30 days whether it considers itself a public authority under the Right to Information Act or not. Read at: Are you a public body under RTI or not? CIC wants Delhi L-G's reply in 30 days - Firstpost
  9. The registrar has also been asked to explore the possibility of bringing all housing societies under the purview of Right to Information Act.Read at: Delhi: RTI lens likely on housing societies - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site
  10. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu in Rajya Sabha today. Read at: Defence Organisation Under the Purview of RTI | Business Standard News
  11. New Delhi: In an example of callousness in handling applications filed under the RTI Act, the CBI has sent a reply dated even before the application was filed, apparently aimed at not giving 30-day period to the applicant to file his appeal. For more: CBI sends backdated communications to RTI pleas | Zee News
  12. An electricity consumer complained that somebody has taken power connection in his name and wants to know the documents filed by him in support of application so that he could take action against the responsible people. Based on this power connection, he is claiming a share in the property. First, his wife filed an RTI application but died before getting information. Her husband asked whether any application has been made for new electricity connection on his address, if yes, then the name, address and other details of the applicant and a copy of the application made by the applicant. Read more at: Denial Of Info Is Disservice - The Hans India
  13. The Delhi Police RTI (Right to Information) Cell is flooded with queries regarding the expenditure incurred during US President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to the national Capital on Republic Day and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s oath-taking ceremony on February 14. More read at: Govt spending no free lunch as RTI feeds on balance sheet disclosure
  14. The new Email policy has been notified on 19th February, 2015. It is applicable currently to public servants under the Government of India and those States and Union Territories that use the email services of the Government of India. Some elements of the new Email Policy are difficult to understand in the absence of detailed guidelines. For example, para 5.6 of the policy requires that all emails be kept confidential by the users. In the absence of any reference to making emails accessible to a requestor under the provisions of The Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act), Public Information Officers (PIOs) could be confused about which instruction to follow. Of course a mere policy cannot override a statute, but in the absence of detailed guidelines, PIOs may err in favour of secrecy resulting in more litigation before the Central Information Commission. Section 2(f) of the RTI Act, includes emails within the definition of the term- "information". Read more at: Government of India notifies Email policy without ref to RTI - FacenFacts
  15. Uttar Pradesh is the worst affected with 3,422 deaths in six years, followed by Assam (1,320), Bihar (1,072), West Bengal (736) and Tamil Nadu (120). These figures came in response to an RTI query from Delhi University law student and Muzaffarpur (worst AES-affected Bihar district) resident Abhishek Ranjan. Read at: 6,867 AES deaths in six years, govt puts in place plan in 60 districts | The Indian Express
  16. The issue of installation of ACs in the two court buildings, visited by thousands of litigants every day, has been brought to the Delhi High Court by a lawyer who had earlier sought information in the matter through the Right to Information Act. The High Court was told that the absence of air-conditioners in the court rooms had created unhealthy and inefficient working conditions. Read at:Tis Hazari and Patiala House courts to get air conditioners - The Hindu
  17. The Finance Minister has also proposed to increase by over Rs 13 crore to Rs 43.55 crore the budgetary allocation for Central Information Commission (CIC) and Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) for 2015-16. The grant of Rs 43.55 crore is to meet establishment related expenditure of PESB and CIC. This also includes provision for construction of office building of the CIC, dak digitization, setting up of video conferencing facilities, preparation of publicity material on RTI, setting up of call centre and establishment of wing for transparency and accountability studies for the transparency watchdog. Read at: Over Rs 208 crore earmarked for training of babus | Business Standard News
  18. The Central Information Commission (CIC) on Wednesday recommended that distribution of sweets by civic bodies in here should be carried out on “national festivals in order to promote the cultural diversity in the nation” instead of restricting the practice to religious holidays. Read at: Distribute sweets on national festivals: CIC - The Hindu
  19. Hello, Now a days , I am constantly getting complaints from several parents in Delhi about the high handedness shown by various schools and surprisingly most of these schools are renowned ones. Important point is about the selection of EWS candidates and donation demand under management quota. Several people have raised their concerns that even though the EWS candidates are getting admission but in the lieu of EWS they are giving admission to people who actually does not belong to any such category, however they able to secure such admission based on fraud certificates, but schools are not checking anything and turns a blind eye towards all such things. Second point is that once a genuine student was selected under EWS candidate, the school makes a separate section for these students who belongs to disadvantage group and thus they have to face a tough time in the hands of school authorities and there are also complaints about showing door to such people if they try to raise their voices. So , I need following information from the school : 1. Need the school records which shows EWS student in each class and each section of the respective class. 2. Need the school records which elaborate the schemes or benefits that the school is passing to the disadvantage group students. 3. Need the school records which shows the name of the EWS students and their address so that if needed we could expose the fraud in securing the EWS certificate by the affluent class people. 4. Need the school records which shows the list of students who are taken under the management quota and what is the donation amount taken by the student and what is the criteria school is following in using such discretion, so that same could be challenged in the court of law. Apart from this, please suggest if they any other means available to secure the above mentioned information. Thanks in advance for your support and understanding. Regards, Rajesh
  20. NEW DELHI: Over a quarter of Delhi's government schools are functioning without a water connection. Of the 798 that bothered to respond to a query filed under RTI by a Delhi NGO, 220—27.5%—reported they don't have a Delhi Jal Board connection. Read at: 27% of govt schools without DJB water: NGO - The Times of India
  21. A person can use the RTI Act to access an information even if it is available through any other route, Delhi High Court has ruled. ************************************************************************************************************* The court, in a landmark order which will impact number of RTI cases of similar nature, allowed a petition seeking disclosure of communication between Urban Development Ministry officials with those of CBI--an exempted organisation--in a corruption case. In a recent order, Justice Vibhu Bakhru also said that section 8(1)(h) of the Act--which allows an organisation to withhold such information that impedes the process of investigation, apprehension and prosecution--cannot be imposed without giving proper reasons to justify the denial. Allowing the petition seeking disclosure of communication between the Ministry and CBI, he dismissed the order given by Information Commissioner MA Khan Yusufi who had agreed with the Ministry to deny information on the grounds that its disclosure would impede the process of prosecution. Justice Bakhru said neither the first appellate authority nor the Central Information Commission considered how the information sought for would impede the process of probe, apprehension or prosecution of the petitioner, an accused. He rejected the Ministry's argument that during trial, the material relied upon by the prosecution would be provided to the applicant, thereby no prejudice would be caused to him. "In my view this cannot be a ground to deny information to the petitioner. First of all, the question whether the information sought by the petitioner is relevant or necessary, is not relevant or germane in the context of the Act; a citizen has a right to information by virtue of Section 3 of the Act and the same is not condition on the information being relevant," he said. He said the fact that the petitioner has access to the material relied upon by the prosecution does not prevent him from seeking information, which he considers necessary for his defence.
  22. Transport scam: CIC show-causes Delhi transport department NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has show-caused Delhi transport department for not giving information as sought by an RTI applicant on the Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal inquiry committee report. "The commission has perused the record available in the file and directs the Public Information Officer (PIO), Transport Department, to show cause as to why penalty should not be imposed upon him for not providing the information within the prescribed time," the CIC said in i .. Read more at: Transport scam: CIC show-causes Delhi transport department - The Economic Times
  23. According to a Right to Information reply posted on the ministry of external affairs’ (MEA's) website, Manmohan Singh retained 101 items from the gifts he’d got as prime minister abroad and from visiting foreign dignitaries. Read at: The grey area in gifts to PM | Business Standard News
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  25. NEW DELHI: With a fund crunch staring the Arvind Kejriwal government in the face, finding the resources for all the projects may be difficult. However, if the Delhi government's finance department is to be believed, the NCT of Delhi is sitting on a huge stockpile of donation money—in the form of the CM's relief fund. Last year, it received Rs 25.1 crore as contributions. However, the assistance released was a mere Rs 6.5 lakh The reply by the finance department however, refuses to disclose to whom the assistance has been given, citing sections under RTI Act where "personal" information "which has no relationship to any public activity" need not be revealed. It also cites section 11 (1) where the permission of the third party needs to be sought before it can be revealed by the PIO. Read at: Sarkar sitting on relief fund stash - The Times of India
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