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  1. A doctor with disability and a human rights defender, Dr Satendra Singh, revealed through RTI that its the decision of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) in their restricted document to treat disabled passengers with undue caution. The RTI response was delayed till nearly 2 years and only after CIC rap that BCAS disclosed that: "screeners should be thoroughly briefed that the possibility of carrying weapons/ explosives and other dangerous materials through such passengers is higher than a normal passenger and therefore, these passengers need to be checked with care”. The CIC judgement clearly states that the motive of the RTI activist is betterment of security procedures for the disadvantaged people with disabilities and their voices should be heard. The RTI also revealed that the agency has also been responsible for blocking the introduction of disabled-friendly safe full body scanners. Source: CIC_YA_A_2015_000004_BJ_M_188388.pdfPage not found - The Wire
  2. Dear Sir, I have put up 10 years of service in Indian Air Force and after that on the ground of 5 red ink entries. I have been discharged in the following manner that:-- His service no longer required : unsuitable for retention in Indian Air Force. In dicharege book I have been given the status of Ex- Service Man and character is satisfactory and have been paid service gratuity. Now I want to know that :-- (I) I can take the benefit to apply for civil jobs by availing the (a) upper age limit provided for the ex-serviceman (b) ex-service man reservation quota. please reply me. With regards Alokacs
  3. "Few doors are locked, but as and when the fire alarm starts the doors will be opened by the CISF shift in-charge," a deputy general manager said in an RTI document in possession with TOI. "Opening and closing of doors are directly linked with flight operations and other associated factors like passenger movement and other operational requirement," the airport director's office explained. Read more at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Emergency-exits-padlocked-at-Dabolim-airport-terminal-bldg/articleshow/48194646.cms
  4. Hello All, I need to bring a LED Smart TV from Bangkok to Delhi , what are the custom charges at Airport at present ? Please let me know the Policy & guideline if possible. I do not want to pay bribe & want to make it through proper & legal way. Please Help.. Thanks in Advance !! Aakash
  5. Not so safe: 2 bird hits a month at Chennai airport Bird strikes don't cause as many air accidents as they used to till a couple of decades ago, thanks to better resilience and back-up mechanisms of aircraft, but they continue to be a risk. And Chennai has had at least two bird hits every month last year. An RTI query by TOI has found that the number of bird hits at Chennai airport rose from 24 in 2010 to 32 in 2013, but dipped to 22 in 2014. This February, there have been five such incidents at the airport. According to an airline official, the dip in numbers - from 32 in 2013 to 22 in 2014 - could be attributed to underreporting than to preventive measures. That is, though bird hits get reported at the airport, at times the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) is not intimated. DGCA said 162 cases of bird strikes were recorded at Chennai airport in the last five years. The airport ranked fifth in the number of hits across the country since 2010.Throughout India, 71 airports reported 2,946 bird hits from 2010 to 2014. There has been a yearly increase in the number of cases from 367 in 2010 to 669 in 2014. Last year, Delhi airport recorded the maximum number of bird hits, 146. It was followed by Mumbai (69), Ahmedabad (61), Kolkata (55), Hyderabad (34), Kochi (24), Chennai (22) and Bengaluru (18). Bird strikes can damage the aircraft's engine, wing flaps and fuselage thus forcing the airlines to ground the plane and carry out expensive repairs. The financial loss reported by domestic airlines due to bird hits and animal hits has been increasing over the past few years - Rs 7.5 crore in 2010, Rs 12.27 crore in 2013 and Rs 25.72 crore in 2014. Poor disposal of garbage, to which birds and their prey are attracted, in areas surrounding airports is the primary reason. The increase in air traffic has also contributed to the frequency of hits. Director of Institute of Bird Studies, Rishi Valley, V Shantaram, said illegal slaughter houses, garbage dumps in the vicinity of airports cause bird hits during take-off and landing. "Birds commonly involved in strikes have adapted to living around concrete structures including airports," he said. According to observers, birds that fly in dense flocks -like gulls, waterfowl, vultures and egrets -are commonly involved in bird hits. K V Sudhakar of Madras Naturalists' Society said bird hits increase during winter because of mass migration of birds. "Some birds are attracted to water pools formed on runways during monsoon. Tall grass on airport grounds serves as a breeding ground for mice, snakes and frogs that attract birds. Pigeon population across the country has also increased in the last few years, mainly because of the mushrooming high-rise buildings," he said. A senior DGCA official said they have constituted an airfield environment management committee to ensure that no illegal slaughter house or garbage dump exists near airports. "It is constituted at every airport to identify sources of stray animals or bird attraction at the airport and take necessary steps to prevent bird strike," said an official. According to The Aircraft Rule, 1937 (rule 91) disposal of garbage in the open within 10km of the airport is a cognizable offence attracting a fine of Rs 1 lakh or three month imprisonment or both. Read More: Not so safe: 2 bird hits a month at Chennai airport - The Times of India
  6. RTI activist Vishwas Bhamburkar, who recently filed a case against the Airports Authority of India-MIAL combine, for the alleged Rs 5,887 crore infrastructure scam, as well as two cases against the police for failing to follow the law, has now complained of receiving death threats. Read at: Airport scam exposé: RTI activist alleges death threats - Mumbai Mirror
  7. RAJKOT: A Right to Information (RTI) reply has confirmed a major security breach at the Rajkot airport by the airport director who went on a joyride in an aircraft of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) by giving all security rules a go-by in 2013. R R Gupta, then Rajkot airport director, had boarded the cockpit of aircraft VT-FIU King Air that had come from Vadodara for calibration of landing systems on July 9, 2013 and allegedly ordered the pilot to fly to coastal areas around Porbandar. Read at: Rajkot airport director took a joyride in AAI flight: RTI - The Times of India
  8. Hello, I am working in Singapore for almost a year and planning to relocate to India. In the last 7 months, I visited India 2 times and each time my stay was not exceeded more than 10 days. In Singapore I have bought a 40 inch LED Smart TV and planing to bring it with me while relocating. Do I have to pay any import tax for this used item? Kindly reply.
  9. Hi Team, With regard to the chennai airport expansion plan the Government of Tamilnadu published the land to be acquired on its website, enclosed kindly find the attachment as pdf file. Can I file an RTI to check on finer details of the land to be acquired with respect to specific survey numbers and when would it be likely acquired and what would be the compensation offered? Any guidance on the next steps of filing the RTI petition would be very much appreciated. Thanks, SMuthiah Kolapakkam.pdf
  10. Respected friends this is Joseph S/O G.Yacob, a senior citizen. The property owned by our forefathers was illegally registered by Political influenced real estate men , a retired Air force employee with his sons. The Retired Air force person has changed his name during his service from G.Daniel to G.Dayanithi in his Gazette. But during land registration he used both the names to sign and in some places (majority) he used his old name G.Daniel; When we applied to get his personnel and gazetted details Air force is not giving the sorted information.. here are the questions, 1. Copy of all documents produced by Mr.Dayanithi, Moulder ‘Hs’ Personnel No – 18420, when he joined in Indian Air force, Avadi Station. 2. State fathers name of Mr.Dayanithi, Moulder ‘Hs’ Personnel No – 18420,with his father’s initial and give copy of all related supporting documents. 3. If Mr.Dayanithi, Moulder ‘Hs’ Personnel No – 18420 had transferred /changed his name means. Please state his earlier name with his father’s name and give copy of all documents. 4. Please give copy of Gazette copies which were submitted by Mr.Dayanithi, Moulder ‘Hs’ Personnel No – 18420 at your office while changing his name. 5. Copy of community certificate produced by Mr.Dayanithi, Moulder ‘Hs’ Personnel No – 18420 at your office. 6. Please state the number of time Mr.Dayanithi, Moulder ‘Hs’ Personnel No – 18420 had changed his name and give the copy of documents. 7. State the dependents name of Mr.Dayanithi, Moulder ‘Hs’ Personnel No – 18420 and give copy of documents. 8. Copy of request submitted by Mr.Dayanithi, Moulder ‘Hs’ Personnel No – 18420 to change his name as per Gazette in the service record. 9. State the date of name changed by Mr.Dayanithi, Moulder ‘Hs’ Personnel No – 18420 THE REPLY: The information is protected from disclosure under section 8(1)(j)of the RTI Act 2005; Now they asked us to appeal to Appellate Authority, Can anyone kindly guide us how to appeal to get the details which i mentioned above....thank you so much ; [emails not permitted here]
  11. The CIC has ruled that the list of people exempted from airport security cannot be denied under Sec 8(1)(a). The full order is attached to this post. List of people exempted from airport security, disclosable..pdf
  12. Dear Sir, I'm an Indian Citizen working in Singapore for 4 months assignment. I bought a 42" LG Smart LED TV with 3D in Singapore. I plan to take it to India(Bangalore Airport) by next week. One of my colleagues who bought a similar TV took it to Bangalore and during Customs Clearance the officials calculated and told him that the amount legitimately to be paid is 14000 INR; they asked for a bribe of 6000 INR, and he had to pay it. To avoid bribing when I take the TV home next week, kindly help me in knowing the information as to how much is the legitimate amount that I should pay for this. If they ask for more with receipt, what can I do in view of the rule/regulation? I found in CBEC website and also from Union Budget the following: Sec 85.6 Full exemption from Basic Customs Duty is being extended to LCD and LED TV panels for 20 inches and above. [s. No 432 of notification No. 12/2012-Customs dated 17.03.2012 refers] Does it mean that I do not have to pay for this? Please help. Many thanks in advance. - Satyameva Jayate Dileep Narayanan
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    Do u know, how is the image of our police who is there in exit gate on airport. Last time i came from dubai to delhi they directly ask for money, while i was carrying the 32inch TV. They told give me 3000 rs then he allows me to go outside. I wanted to know what is this? Then i given 1000 to him then i exit from the gate.
  14. Some PSUs like Airports Authority of India mention the eligibilty criteria as : "Minimum 60% marks or equivalent in Bachelor's degree". Some Institutes like IIT Kharagpur awards CGPA and their CGPA is not convertible into percentage of marks as mentioned in the gradesheet. In such a case, I need to file RTI to both organizations. To IIT Kharagpur : "What CGPA can be considered equivalent to 60% marks ?" To Airports Authority of India : "What is the meaning of term equivalent in their eligibility criteria ?" This case concerns me because I am involved in the middle ! I need suggestions for framing the question.
  15. ​सोनिया गांधी ने 50 बार भरी वायुसेना के विमान में उड़ान Reported by zeenews.india.com on Jan 4,2013 http://zeenews.india.com/hindi/news/%E0%A4%A6%E0%A5%87%E0%A4%B6/%E0%A4%B8%E0%A5%8B%E0%A4%A8%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%AF%E0%A4%BE-%E0%A4%97%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%82%E0%A4%A7%E0%A5%80-%E0%A4%A8%E0%A5%87-50-%E0%A4%AC%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%B0-%E0%A4%AD%E0%A4%B0%E0%A5%80-%E0%A4%B5%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%AF%E0%A5%81%E0%A4%B8%E0%A5%87%E0%A4%A8%E0%A4%BE-%E0%A4%95%E0%A5%87-%E0%A4%B5%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%AE%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%A8-%E0%A4%AE%E0%A5%87%E0%A4%82-%E0%A4%89%E0%A4%A1%E0%A4%BC%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%A8/157416 नई दिल्ली : यूपीए की चेयरपर्सन और कांग्रेस एवं राष्ट्रीय सलाहकार परिषद की अध्यक्ष सोनिया गांधी ने पिछले करीब सात सालों में लगभग 50 बार वायु सेना के विमानों और हेलाकाप्टरों का उपयोग किया, जिनमें से सबसे ज्यादा 23 बार वह प्रधानमंत्री मनमोहन सिंह की सह यात्री थीं। सूचना के अधिकार के तहत मिली जानकारी के मुताबिक 2006.07 से सितंबर 2012 के बीच उन्होंने 49 बार वायु सेना के विमानों और हेलीकाप्टरों से यात्रा की जबकि राहुल गांधी ने 2008-09 से सितंबर 2012 तक आठ बार वायु सेना के विमानों और हेलीकाप्टरों का उपयोग किया। सोनिया गांधी या राहुल गांधी अपने नाम से वायुसेना का विमान या हेलीकाप्टर आरक्षित कर यात्रा करने की पात्रता नहीं रखते हैं। इसके लिए उन्*हें ऐसी पात्रता रखने वाले के साथ यात्रा करनी होती है। वायुसेना के मुताबिक, नियमों के तहत वायुसेना के विमानों का उपयोग करने के पात्र व्यक्ति अपनी यात्रा के उद्देश्यों के लिए किसी व्यक्ति को अपने साथ ले जा सकते है। केंद्र सरकार के अन्य मंत्री भी प्रधानमंत्री से मंजूरी प्राप्त कर वायुसेना के विमानों का उपयोग कर सकते हैं और सरकारी कार्यो के लिए जरूरत के अनुरूप किसी व्यक्ति को अपने साथ ले जा सकते हैं। प्रधानमंत्री के बाद सोनिया गांधी के साथ सबसे ज्यादा यात्रा करने का सौभाग्य रक्षा मंत्री एके एंटनी और पूर्व विदेश एवं वित्त मंत्री प्रणब मुखर्जी (अब राष्ट्रपति) को मिला। इन दोनों के साथ सोनिया गांधी ने छह.छह बार वायुसेना के विमान एवं हेलीकाप्टर से यात्रा की। रक्षा मंत्री एके एंटनी की संसद में सात मई 2012 को दी गई जानकारी के अनुसार नियमों के तहत, प्रधानमंत्री, उपप्रधानमंत्री, रक्षा मंत्री और गृह मंत्री सरकारी कामकाज के लिए वायुसेना के विमानों का उपयोग करने के पात्र हैं जबकि गैर सरकारी कार्यों के लिए केवल प्रधानमंत्री वायुसेना के विमानों का उपयोग कर सकते हैं। हिसार स्थित आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता रमेश वर्मा ने रक्षा मंत्रालय एवं वायुसेना मुख्यालय से वायुसेना के वीआईपी वायुयान और हेलीकाप्टरों से सोनिया गांधी और राहुल गांधी की यात्रा एवं खर्च के बारे में जानकारी मांगी थी। मिली जानकारी के अनुसार, 30 सितंबर 2012 तक सोनिया गांधी की यात्रा के किराये के मद में कर्नाटक सरकार पर एक करोड़ 17 लाख 15 हजार 83 रूपये और राहुल गांधी की यात्रा के मद में असम सरकार पर आठ लाख 26 हजार 457 रूपये बाकी है। चूंकि दोनों कांग्रेस नेताओं ने इनके नाम पर विमान आरक्षित कराकर यात्रा की थी इसलिए देनदारी भी इन्हीं दोनों सरकारों की बनती है। सोनिया गांधी ने 49 बार वायुसेना के विमान की सेवाएं ली, जिसमें 42 बार उन्होंने इन सेवाओं का उपयोग प्रधानमंत्री या किसी ऐसे पात्र व्यक्ति के नाम पर किया जिन्हें इसके बदले कोई भुगतान नहीं करना पड़ता है। उन्होंने सात बार प्रधानमंत्री की स्वीकृति से ऐसे मंत्रियों आदि के साथ यात्रा की जिन्हें इसके बदले वायुसेना को भुगतान देय होता है। ऐसे ही छह मामलों में किराये के रूप में 96 लाख रूपये का भुगतान किया गया। जबकि एक बार की यात्रा का भुगतान अभी तक नहीं किया गया है। सोनिया गांधी ने कर्नाटक की यात्रा बाढ़ के हालात का जायज़ा लेने के लिए की थी परंतु वहां की भाजपा सरकार इस राशि का भुगतान नहीं कर रही है। राहुल गांधी ने चार वषरे में आठ बार वायु सेना के हेलीकाप्टरों का उपयोग किया जिसमें से उन्होंने चार बार यात्रा पात्र व्यक्ति के नाम पर की जिसका कोई भुगतान नहीं होना था। वहीं उन्होंने 27 जनवरी 2009 को तब के रेल मंत्री लालू प्रसाद के नाम पर आरक्षित विमान से दिल्ली.फुर्सतगंज.दिल्ली की यात्रा की थी जिसके बदले संबंधित मंत्रालय 14 लाख रूपये का भुगतान कर चुका है। राहुल ने हाल में दो बार असम के मुख्यमंत्री तरूण गोगोई के नाम आरक्षित विमान से यात्रा की। इनमें से दो मई 2012 को वह गुवाहाटी, धुबरी, गुवाहाटी की यात्रा पर थे जिसके एवज में अभी तक आठ लाख 26 हजार 457 रूपये का भुगतान असम सरकार ने नहीं किया है। जबकि 11 सितंबर 2012 को हुई गुवाहाटी, कोकराझार की यात्रा के किराये की गणना अभी वायुसेना कर ही रही है। (एजेंसी)
  16. If I were to ask for the list of passengers who travelled by a certain international flight along with their passport numbers, will the airline provide this information under RTI?
  17. Dear All RTI Activists Greetings Dear Sir/ Madam Kindly provide the fallowing info 1) Who keeps the record of Indian Passengers going abroad from Shamsabad ( hyderabad) Airport NRI etc 2) who keeps the record of Indian Passengers coming to India from abroad NRI/ etc Who is the Public Information officer PIO to get info in above offices. One person (NRI) is dragged in court case. In the perticular period he is not in India. He went back I want to get his departure details of a perticular date. To whom I should approach as PIO for Airport departures. Thanks RTI does wonders for Old City
  18. Reported by Rehan Ansari in Twocircles.net on 18 May 2012 Withdraw subsidy, bring transparency in Haj process: RTI activist Attar Azimi | TwoCircles.net Mohammed Ayyub Attar Azimi, 74 filed nearly one thousand Right to Information (RTI) petitions mostly related to Haj issues. He is one of the people who have filed an intervention petition in the Supreme Court. Chief Trustee of Khuddamul Hujjaj group, Attar Azimi has welcomed the Supreme Court decision to phase out Haj subsidy. He is a retired employee of the Railways and has spent half of his pension to bring about transparency in the Haj process. A regular columnist in Urdu dailies of Mumbai, Azimi talked to Rehan Ansari of TwoCircles.net on different issues related to Haj. You welcomed the decision of Supreme Court on Haj subsidy, whereas Muslims are divided Azimi: I believe that not a single haji receives Haj subsidy therefore I welcome the Supreme Court decision but don’t agree with the time frame of ten years. Subsidy should be taken back immediately. Global tender for ferrying Hajis is the best solution because bidding of global carriers will bring down the airfares from Rs 70,000 to Rs 20,000 and subsidy will never be required. In normal days, airfare for Mecca is Rs 18000 to Rs 24000 but in Haj days it inflates to the level of Rs 70000. Attar Azimi But it is said that the Saudi Government, in a bilateral agreement, put a condition that only the originating country or the carriers of Saudi Arabia can ferry the Hajis. Moreover, SC observed that, “due to stringent regulations imposed by the Saudi Arabian Authorities during the Hajj Period the higher fares are to be paid. The norm is that the Airline should carry Hajis and return with zero load. They are not allowed to ferry passengers on its way back, therefore they charged double the airfare. Azimi: The first is the lame excuses, no one can prove this. I demanded the bilateral agreement with the Saudi Arabia through the RTI but denied even after the CIC order. The ministry went to the court saying that it’s a confidential agreement and release of it will dent the relationship with the Saudi and other Muslim countries. I urge the Supreme Court to go through the bilateral agreement and make it public. As far as the norm of Saudi government over one way load is concerned the SC must be told that the Saudi Government provides fuel-ATF at fairly lower price to the flights carrying pilgrims. This case is in between Haj Committee of India and Private Tour Operator-PTOs, how come SC order about the Subsidy? Azimi: It’s simply unawareness and misreading. It’s an interim order on the whole Haj policy and the next day of hearing is scheduled on 23rd July, 2012. Initially when some PTOs won the case in the High Court for the Haj Policy of 2011, Government of India-GOI filed Special Leave Petition-SLP in the SC. But the SC wanted to look into the whole Haj Policy. In its order of 17thFebruary, 2011, “SC intended to examine the Hajj Policy of the GOI in all its aspects and not limited to the issue of PTOs. Therefore Government filed an affidavit enclosing among other documents, its Haj Policy for the year 2012. After the Government’s affidavit, a number of Intervention petitions-IPs were filed from individuals and NGOs. “By this interim order, we propose to deal with some of the issues arising from the 2012 Haj Policy on a Priority basis leaving others to be dealt with in due course,” said the SC. The SC also discussed about the quotas of the governments and others and they are asked to file the affidavit. Azimi: Yes. SC wanted to know more about the quotas specially for Khadimul Hujjaj selected by the state Haj Committees and the central government quota. I urged the SC to also inquire about the quota allotted to the Haj Committee of India. When I filed an RTI about the quota of Haj Committee I got a conflicting reply. Haj committee said they don’t have any quota whereas MoEA accepted that Haj committee is given a quota of 500 hajis. Then I filed an RTI about the Government quota, I was told that it’s for Governors, Chief Ministers, MPs and MLAs. I believe that these quotas are used by the bureaucrats and they sell it to the big operators, because none of the recommendation I got through RTI was signed by any of the MP, MLA, CM or governors. My question is how an Aam Admi or poor Muslims can reach to these elites of the societies and why these quotas are given to them. You filed an RTI about the Internal Audit reports of Haj Committee of India. Azimi: Yes, I got a shocking reply that Hajis money was wasted due to negligence of few officers. About Rs 4.5 crore was lost due to late remittance of cash for Accommodation to the Consulate General of Jeddah. Drafts for Hajis at Delhi’s Embarkation point got missing, responsibilities are not fixed as of yet. Drafts worth Rs 1.5 Crore of 920 Hajis were found in the cupboard of an officer in 2008. They were not allowed to go to haj and their seats were given to others. There are irregularities in awarding contracts for bracelets and other accessories. Contracts were awarded without competitive bidding to one company showing different name but address and telephone numbers are same. Moreover, it reflects that Rs.4 lacs electric bill used by Haj Committee of India residential quarters paid form the Hajis fund. I am also fighting a case in the Mumbai High Court about the excess funds generated from the Hajis and it was not refunded to them. The amount is nearly Rs 15 crore and it is mentioned in the Internal Audit Report. The biggest issue is the Haj Committee building in Mumbai is built by Muslims but was taken over by the HCOI. What are the other things you found through RTIs? Azimi: Money is wasted without a second thought. For example, to book the residential buildings for Hajis in Mecca and Medina, politicians and bureaucrats all enjoyed the trips. From the people of Central Haj Committee to the state Haj Committees. The bureaucrats of Delhi to the officers of other states all go to check the same things. It’s reported in the newspapers that the building owners of Mecca and Medina complained to the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, about the commission asked by the Consulate General of India –CGI- in Jeddah. How will you explain the Haj process in India? Azimi: The process of Hajj is very complex in India. Ministry of External Affairs is the nodal agency to organize with the help of Haj Committee of India, Consulate General of India in Saudi Arabia and Ministry of Civil Aviation. All get their share. Haj Committee through Application forms, local contracts, Registration fees etc. Civil Aviation through inflated cost of operation- air fares, CGI gets their cuts for Accommodations of Hajis and Ministry of External Affairs did a contract with South Asian Mossassa for SAR900/- per Haji for providing additional facilities to the Hajis in Mina, Arafat, Muzdalifa etc, whereas the Haj Committee guidelines clearly states that no extra facility will be provided in above mentioned places. What is the way out? Azimi: I think as a Policy matter Public participation should be increased, Central Haj Committee should be decentralized; Transparency must be brought in the whole process. All the Quotas should be scrapped. I also suggested involving trusts and NGOs working for Hajis in the process of lottery because it’s doubtful.
  19. As reported at dnaindia.com on Mar 25, 2012 President Pratibha Patil's wanderlust has cost the public exchequer a whopping Rs205 crore on her foreign visits, surpassing the record of all her predecessors. Since assuming office as the country's first woman President in July 2007, Patil has undertaken 12 foreign trips covering 22 countries across four continents. She has four more months to go for her five-year tenure and a trip to South Africa is said to be on the anvil. A series of RTI applications has revealed that Air India incurred over Rs169 crore on use of chartered aircraft, always a Boeing 747-400, on the foreign visits by Patil, mostly accompanied by her family members. A visit to Bhutan was covered by a smaller jet. A further sum of nearly Rs 36 crore has been incurred by the Ministry of External Affairs on accommodation, local travel, daily Allowance and "miscellaneous" expenses, according to the information provided by the ministry. The RTI applications were filed over a period of three years during which the authorities concerned showed great reluctance to reveal information. The Ministry of Defence, which pays Air India for use of chartered aircraft by the President, fended off RTI queries and provided little information. Air India has billed the Defence Ministry for over Rs 169 crore on account of aircraft used by Patil. Of this, the Ministry has paid nearly Rs153 crore, leaving unpaid bills of over Rs16 crore. Patil has so far visited Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Bhutan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Spain, Poland, Russia, Tajikistan, the UK, Cyprus, China, Laos, Cambodia, the UAE, Syria, Mauritius, South Korea, Switzerland and Austria spending a total of 79 days abroad. Her immediate predecessor Dr APJ Abdul Kalam undertook seven trips to 17 countries during his five-year tenure. Before that, KR Narayanan covered 10 countries in six trips and SD Sharma 16 countries in four trips. Details of other Presidents are not available but its unlikely that Patil's record of foreign travel is matched by any of her predecessors. Former President Kalam remained on foreign trips for 47 days during his tenure covering the UAE (twice), Sudan, Bulgaria, Tanzania, South Africa, Russian Federation, Switzerland, Iceland, Ukraine, Singapore, Philippines, South Korea, Myanmar, Mauritius, France and Greece. His predecessor Narayanan visited Peru, Brazil, Nepal, Germany, Portugal, Luxembourg, Turkey, Germany, France and China in his six trips abroad in 46 days of his tenure. Sharma, who was President between 1992-97, also covered 16 countries in four trips which included Ukraine, Turkey, Hungary, the UK, Bulgaria, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, Chile, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Oman, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Italy. He remained on these trips for 47 days of his five-years tenure.
  20. Hello Sir, I am Ms.Meenu Dhall, a research scholar of university of rajasthan jaipur, i am doing phd on topic,"Human resource management in airlines in india- a comparative study of public and private sector airlines in india for the study period of 2000- 2010" in this research i need general overview of hr policies such as training, recruitment, compensation etc, of both the companies i.e Air india and jet airways. For the purpose have also visited both the companies hr offices based in mumbai on my personal expense from jaipur but no support or proper guidance was provided from there end. Have also mailed and talked to Mr. V M Datar, DGM personnel in Air India, he is the PIO for HRD related information but till yet no response has come. My Guide has instructed to appeal in rti for the information, sir i need to submit the thesis in april 2012 have very limited time i have completed all the thesis work only one chapter of hr policies is remaining which will be of around 50 pages. Please consider this on urgent basis and guide soon. Thanks & Regards, Meenu Dhall.
  21. As reported at ibnlive.in.com on 12 August 2010 New Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) Citing "fiduciary" relationship, the state-run Alliance Air has declined to give the name of the person who was behind the diversion of its aircraft for carrying an IPL team after pulling out a scheduled flight to Coimbatore early this year. RTI applicant S C Agrawal had asked the airline the name of the person who made a request for such an arrangement along with other details against the backdrop of news reports that "Praful Patel''s daughter pulled out scheduled AI flight for IPL". The reports had also spoke of clear violation of norms if plane was diverted for Poorna. Public Information Officer (PIO) of Alliance Air Arun K Goyal, in reply to the question about the name of the person said, "As per Section 8(1)(e) of RTI Act,2005, this information is exempt from disclosure." The PIO has cited this information "as exempted under section 8(1)(e) of RTI Act which talks about fiduciary relationship. It seems that the PIO neither understands basics of law nor dictionary-meaning of ''fiduciary''," Agrawal said. Fiduciary relationship is limited to very restricted personal relations like between doctor-patient and others and not at all for official purposes. Various verdicts from Central Information Commission are there to clarify ''fiduciary relationship'', Agrawal said. Denying information on this particular question seems to be a deliberate attempt to hide some wrong-doing on part of Alliance Air, Agrawal said today. CPIO has also not furnished details of Appellate Authority as mandatory under section 7(8) of RTI Act, he added.
  22. As reported by V Ayyappan in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 06 May 2011: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Airport-expansion-delay-irks-residents/articleshow/8172867.cms Airport expansion delay irks residents CHENNAI: It's been three years but the state government and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) are yet to decide whether to build a parallel runway at the existing airport or to construct a new airport at Sriperumbudur. Three years of indecision has put hundreds of residents to hardship as are uncertain about the fate of their land that has been marked for acquisition for the parallel runway. The state government notified around 993 acres of land in the villages of Manapakkam, Gerugambakkam, Kolapakkam and Kovur villages for acquisition almost three years ago. AAI does not want to invest any more in the existing airport if the second airport is being built at Sriperumbudur. The parallel runway project has been put on hold as AAI had said it would not build it if the state government was going to have a second airport on 4,822 acres of land in Sriperumbudur. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has given approval for the second airport at Sriperumbudur. Still, AAI is yet to take a decision whether they want the parallel runway. In response to a right to information (RTI) application filed by J Parthipan, a resident, AAI has said it has received an approval letter from the ICAO on the second airport but the report was under review and a decision to build a parallel runway was yet to be finalised. Meanwhile, the state government is waiting to study the feasibility report prepared by ICAO on the second airport. A senior AAI official said, "It is doubtful whether a parallel runway will be built at Chennai airport. ICAO has submitted its report. The report also talks about the feasibility of a parallel runway at the existing airport. The decision to have a second airport lies with the state government, which is expected to take a stand after election results are out." The reply to the RTI application also states that AAI is yet to carry out an economic feasibility study for the parallel runway. The response also says that AAI was reviewing the justification for the parallel runway based on the passenger growth projection. Tired of the uncertainty residents want the state government to de-notify the land. "It is clear that AAI is not going to build a parallel runway because ICAO has approved the second airport. So, it is unfair that the state government is still holding on to the land," says Vijay Kumar, vice president of Marvel River View County Owners' Welfare Association at Manapakam.
  23. Atul Patankar

    Why babus don't fly cheap

    As reported by Amit Singh at mid-day.com on 23 Feb 2011 Travel agents allegedly offer free tickets to government employees after asking them to submit official bills of their flight fares as per IATA rates If you believe that sarkari babus should be content with their ample pay packages, perks and other facilities from the government, think again. They have other modes of earning as well. Official tours are not only free, but also give them an opportunity to make some quick money, which is naturally not accounted for. MiD DAY has learnt that government affiliated travel agents in Delhi lure the babus into either booking their tickets on International Air Transport Association (IATA) rates (three to four times higher than the market fares) and offer a free ticket for a companion, or give them tickets at market price issuing them a bill for IATA fares. The money difference is refunded to the babus by the agent but only after keeping their cuts. In a reply to a recent RTI plea, Air India said that as government employees have time constraints and require flexible and least restrictive fares, they always opt for IATA fares. "IATA fares are governed by IATA regulations and fixed tariff rules. They can be used for travel on any airline operating between origin and destination, are flexible, have nil or minimal restrictions and seats are always guaranteed at these fares in view of their high levels," the reply said. However when MiD DAY contacted a government accredited travel agent, posing as a government official whose trip to Bangkok has been approved, he had a different story to tell. After seeking a few details, an agent of Balmer Lawrie, the travel company, sitting at Udyog Bhawan said: "We can offer you a great deal if you are interested. We will provide you a ticket for one of your family members also and that too free of cost for the same destination. But you will have to book the ticket at IATA fares, which is generally two to three times higher than the market price. There would be no mention of the additional ticket anywhere in the bill." When MiD DAY refused the complementary ticket, the agent immediately offered the reporter a new deal. "If you don't want to take anyone along with you, we can help you in making a quick buck. We will book you a ticket at the market fare and issue you a bill of IATA rates. You can get it reimbursed from the government. We will charge you a commission for the same." He refused to divulge the exact percentage of commission which he was going to keep for it. One of the private agents on request of anonymity explained, "The government accredited travel agents make the most out of the sarkari trips. They get high commission if they book the tickets on IATA fares. Even if they give an additional ticket free of cost, they manage to make huge commission. Relatively, when they book tickets on market fare, they manage to make less commission but that also work a profitable deal for them." Jagjit Singh Walia, the RTI applicant said, "This is really sad to see sarkari babus wasting government money. The government don't pay for their family members. Government must take cognizance of this and act immediately. This would help the government save crores of rupees every year." 3.3 billion Expected no. of air travellers worldwide by 2014 Fare enough? International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and IATA played a significant role in formulating rules and regulation for worldwide civil aviation transportation, including fares. Over the years, as air travel became more and more the preferred mode of transport and as traffic grew, airlines started more point to point operations and competition led to the creation of market fares peculiar to each airline. These were differentiated from the IATA fares in so far as being restrictive in nature, non-interlinable, with stringent cancellation and refund rules etc. In India market fares came to existence in mid 1994 on account of increased operations of foreign carriers and consequently, increased competition. The market fares are primarily indicative of the capability of the market to pay for the particular sector. They are subject to frequent changes depending on the demand/supply ration, competitors' schedules and activities, seasonality, flight positions etc
  24. As reported in expressbuzz.com on 26 February 2010: Call to bring CIAL under RTI Act Call to bring CIAL under RTI Act ALUVA: The office-bearers of Shareholders’ Organisation of Cochin International Airport Limited have condemned the attitude of the airport management in preventing the public, including shareholders, from getting details of appointments, award of contracts and issuance of shares at the CIAL through the Right To Information (RTI) Act. At a press conference held here on Thursday, the office-bearers of the Shareholders’ Organisation said there was large-scale corruption at the CIAL. The land for the airport was acquired from poor farmers by paying marginal compensation. The State Government and the Airport Society (present CIAL) had promised that those who surrendered their lands and houses for the construction of the airport, would be given jobs according to their qualification. But, the CIAL authorities failed to keep the promise as only a few persons were given employment, that too temporarily. The CIAL management reportedly refused to appoint deserving persons who surrendered their land for the airport. Meanwhile, many persons are being appointed through the backdoor. Some of the directors and officers of the CIAL are using their influence during such appointments, said association vice-president A K Nazeer. Contract works are being awarded to binamis and those close to directors and officers. Large number of shares of the CIAL are owned by the directors and their binamis illegally, said association general secretary Devassykutty Padayatty. The shareholders’ organisation will resort to legal measures to bring the CIAL under the purview of the RTI Act so that the details of corruption could be exposed and prevented, said Nishad Ali, executive committee member of the association. The organisation urged the CIAL authorities to protect the right of minority shareholders as provided in the Act. They said that though the CIAL has 12,500 shareholders, the majority of shares is possessed by a few persons who are acting as directors. They are least bothered about the well-being of the majority shareholders. The Shareholders’ Organisation demanded that their representative be included in the Director Board. The organisation will hold a meet of the shareholders to strengthen its activities. The meeting will be inaugurated by Union Minister K V Thomas at Jeevass Auditorium in Aluva at 3 pm on Saturday. Organisation president E K Paul will preside over the function. Transport Minister Jose Thettayil will deliver the keynote address. CIAL MD C G Krishnadas Nair will present a paper on ‘Kochi Airport – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.’
  25. Hi, I am wondering if the Alliance Française de Pondichéry falls under the purview of the RTI act. Their blurb from their website mentions they are registered under local laws (see history para) and are also an association. I've tried to highlighted any text that may be relevant. Could anyone assist on this or at least point me in the right track with regards to finding more background. Thanks Gerard ------------------------------------------------ Qui sommes nous ? The Alliance policy User-friendliness, cultural exchange, quality teaching, dynamism, multi-linguism and culture. Its history The Alliance Française de Pondichéry was created in 1897 and is among the first Alliances in the world after the one in Paris. The members of the governing board presided by Dr Nallam were elected in November 2005 for a period of three years. The new statutes were accepted by the Alliance Française de Paris in November 2006 and are registered under the local law. Pondicherry – a unique setting Pondicherry is like no other Indian town or city. It is distinctively special in its local setting. There is, firstly, an 8000-strong French community of Indian origin. Second, the development of Auroville with its large number of French residents and the growing influence of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram where French is taught as the first language from the Nursery-school. Moreover, Pondicherry has an undeniable tourist interest which in addition to foreigners, attracts more and more Indians who come to this former colony looking for that unmistakable ‘French’ touch. Operation and financing The Alliance Française de Pondichéry is part of a large network of 12 such institutions in India. The General Supervisory body of the Alliances Françaises in India, based in Delhi, coordinates these 12 bodies and chalks out their common strategies. The Alliance Française de Pondichéry is an association formed under the local law. Its revenue comes from the admission fees for the language classes and workshops as well as from the membership fees. The French Embassy and the General Supervisory body of the Alliances Françaises in India, the French Foreign Affairs Ministry and its operators contribute each year by sponsoring the cultural shows. Institutional partners The Alliance Française de Pondichéry promotes not only the French language and culture but also intercultural exchanges between France and India. The Government of Pondicherry, the Department of Tourism and Navadarshan Film Society support the Alliance Française in these fields.
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