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Fellow members, please help me if the following information can be obtained using RTI - This is regarding BPL Ration card (White card) issued in AP. 1. Can i obtain particulars of the (a) Eligibility criteria, and (b) application, supporting documents that are produced by the applicant/beneficiary to the concerned authorities? (Note: i have checked the concerned PDS website but i could not obtain this information there) 2. If so, i am a bit confused about the PIO that i have to approach to obtain the above information - whom should i be approaching for this information? should i address my RTI to (a) Chief Rationing officer/Civil Supplies OR (b) Tahasildar of the concern mandal appreciate your help and thanks in advance for taking time to answer these queries.
karira posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported by IANS in sify.com on 05 November 2009: Opposition slams proposal to hike RTI fees in Bihar Opposition slams proposal to hike RTI fees in Bihar Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar came in for criticism from opposition parties Wednesday for proposing a change in the fee structure of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, wherein a petitioner would have to pay Rs.10 per query instead of Rs.10 for any number of queries in his petition. Nitish Kumar has proposed amendment to the RTI Act in Bihar and has proposed increasing the fees for seeking information through the RTI to Rs.10 per query. Till now a petitioner could seek as many queries in his petition by paying Rs.10 only. The opposition parties Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Congress and Left parties have criticised Nitish Kumar for proposing an change in the RTI rule in the state. Opposition leaders alleged that Nitish Kumar was trying to dilute the RTI Act in Bihar to shield rampant corruption. 'It is a draconian amendment to discourage the common man from seeking information under the RTI Act,' RJD leader Ram KIrpal Yadav said. Another RJD leader Shakeel Ahmad Khan said that proposed amendment will defeat the very purpose of the RTI Act which is to bring transparency and accountability in the functioning of government offices. 'A petitioner seeking 10 queries from a government body on a single application will have to pay Rs.100 in place of Rs.10,' Khan said. Bihar state Congress chief Anil Kumar Sharma said the 'move is anti-people'.
As reported by Surendra Gangan at www.dnaindia.com on 26 March 2009 Mumbai: On learning that an applicant, categorised as below the poverty line (BPL), takes away hundreds of pages of information free-of-charge from government authorities every day, the information commissioner of that division asked this applicant what he did with all those heaps of papers? The applicant simply replied that selling the documents as scrap earned him enough to buy two square meals a day. More or less, all the seven information commissioners in the state have been experiencing a similar plight. This has led the state's chief information commissioner (CIC) Suresh Joshi to write to the government to rethink a key provision in the Right to Information Act that provides the information free of charge to a BPL person, no matter how many pages in the document. In his report -- tabled recently in both the houses of the state legislature -- he has stated that the Act is being widely misused by BPL persons. "Complaints about the misuse have been on the rise and could prove hazardous for the success of the Act. Lakhs of papers are sought free-of-cost in the due period, which becomes impossible for the officer concerned to comply with. The government should restrict the number of papers that could be provided without any charges," he has stated. The misuse of the concession given is manifold. "Many times the BPL applicants act for someone else. In such cases, mostly, the applicant is illiterate or in such a state that he does not even understand what the documents are about. Secondly, BPL certificates are so easily available in the rural areas that even teachers and owners of two-wheeler seek the information free-of-cost after producing a BPL certificate," said Vilas Patil, information commissioner, Nagpur division. Another commissioner said that the privilege is sometimes used to blackmail government officials monetarily. "If the information sought is in thousands of pages, it becomes difficult for the officer to provide it in the stipulated time and this sometimes leads to hefty penalty in appeal. By threatening officials with the consequences, applicants demand money to take back the application," the commissioner added. About 28% of Maharashtra's population is categorised BPL, while 10% of the total RTI applications are received from this class. Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1242711