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akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaPUNE: The Bombay high court has set aside a December 27, 2013 order by the state chief information commissioner (SCIC) that directed the Savitribai Phule Pune University to delete/correct three clauses in its circular for new reevaluation scheme and supply of photocopies of assessed answer sheets to students who apply for the same. Read at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/HC-sets-aside-info-chiefs-order-against-university-circular/articleshow/46569329.cms
karira has just uploaded MBombay HC: SIC has no powers under Sec 18 to strike down parts of University circular! The Bombay HC has ruled that SIC has no powers under Sec 18 of the RTI Act to direct a University to delete some points
karira posted a topic in RTI Act CircularsIn case there is more than one designated CPIO, DoPT has issued a circular clarifying that it is advisable for PA to have a single point to receive all RTI applications...etc.. DoPT circular for creating single point.....pdf
Centre gives babus right to rejection AS reported by Vineeta Pandey, DNA India, Friday, July 11, 2008 Ministry of public grievances tells bureaucrats to turn down wrongly addressed RTI pleas NEW DELHI: The next time you file a right-to-information (RTI) application, do not be surprised if it is turned down with the babu line "not our jurisdiction". Providing an escape route to bureaucrats facing a fusillade of pleas seeking information under the RTI Act, the ministry of public grievances has told its employees not to dig too deep but turn down applications that do not directly concern them. Interpreting the Act in its own way, it told all departments, ministries and organisations in a recent communiqué that if an information sought is scattered and involves more than one public authority, the public information officer (PIO) should tell the applicant to file separate applications to other departments/organisations concerned after releasing information pertaining his/her office. Drawing attention to section 6(3) of the Act, the ministry has concluded that if the receiver of a query thinks there is more than one relevant public authority involved, he or she is under no obligation to transfer the query or gather information. "Collection of information, parts of which are available with different public authorities, would amount to creation of information which a public authority under the RTI Act is not required to do," the communiqué reads. The circular is a clear departure from the present RTI Act practice where PIOs are expected to route an application to the right authority if it is wrongly addressed. But now, there won't be any such obligation. RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal is livid and plans to move court in case the circular is not withdrawn. "Governance is a complex matter and many people file RTI applications to wrong addresses. The onus is on public servants to help an application reach its destination. If they don't withdraw this order, we will challenge it in court," he said. firstname.lastname@example.org DNA - India - Centre gives babus right to rejection - Daily News & Analysis --------------------------------- download the circular here http://www.righttoinformation.gov.in/circulars/10_2_2008-IR.pdf
Central Information commission vacation plan to cripple Right to Information Just when the right to information (RTI) was turning into a revolution of sorts in India, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has decided to apply brakes. It notified new rules - Central Information Commission (Management) Regulations 2007 - on Thursday that make it more difficult for the common man to complain against errant Officers wrongfully withholding information. This is not all. Your right to information would have to take a vacation - twice a year. At a time when there is a raging debate over doing away with the judiciary's vacations, the CIC has gone ahead and granted itself two full vacations. During June-July the summer break would be between two and four weeks. This would be topped by a two-week winter vacation. Section 6 of Chapter III lays down: "The commission may have summer vacation of two to four weeks during June-July and a winter vacation of two weeks during December-January, as notified by the CIC... The Chief Information Commissioner may make appropriate arrangements to deal with matters of urgent nature during vacations." It is Chapter IV "Registration, Abatement or Return of Appeal", however, that seems to have introduced a bureaucratic style in filing appeals and complaints. At a time when State Information Commissions are trying to make it simpler for the applicants to file appeals, CIC has made it more difficult. Now the applicants would have to "type, print or write neatly and legibly and in double line spacing" to file an appeal in the CIC. If there are any errors in the application, the registrar would point them out to the applicant and give him only two weeks to rectify them. In case, these are not rectified within the time period, the application would be considered withdrawn by the applicant and the CIC would not consider it. RTI activist and Magsaysay award winner Arvind Kejriwal said: "This is a step backwards. With these rules, CIC has introduced a complicated way to file appeals. You need to be an advocate for this. Forget the common man, even we won't be able to file appeals." There is more bad news. There is a long list of documents that would need to be attached with the appeal. The most peculiar requirement is that of "Service of Copies of Appeal/Complaint". Before submitting an appeal or complaint to CIC, an applicant would have to send its copy to the public information officer (PIO) and the appellate authority. He would need to attach a copy of the acknowledgement. Kejriwal said: "Why would a PIO who is refusing to accept an RTI application acknowledge this complaint or appeal? This is a system, which is in use in high courts. RTI is a tool for the common man. Why is the information being pushed away from him?" Interestingly, Bihar State Information Commission has taken a revolutionary step in the field of RTI Act. In Bihar, the common man can file and appeal or complaint over the phone. The applicant's voice becomes his appeal. This has triggered an unprecedented response from the people as it has made the process simpler. The Pioneer > Home Can someone please post the copy of this notice, since its still not available on the CIC website.