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  1. Dear All Latest success stories in the field of RTI are invited from general public & Civil Society Organization located in the Himachal Pradesh to be presented at regional workshop on 30th November 2013 by DOP&T. 5 Best Success Stories will be awarded rs 5000/- each Interested citizens or NGO can post the briefs of their stories here and subsequently selected stories will be considered for the presentation & will be sent the invitation for the same.
  2. I belong to Himachal Pradesh. Here the state roadways (HRTC) runs a website that allows the passengers to book tickets online. Few years back, the government painted all its buses [ordinary, volvo, TATA AC and Deluxe] with two lines saying: visit hrtc.gov.in for booking tickets online. Now there are three problems with the system: 1. They painted the ordinary buses, which are more than 5000 in number, however tickets can be booked only for Volvo and Tata Ac buses, which means there was no point painting the ordinary buses or have their booking online as well 2. Even for TATA Ac and Volvo only HDFC CREDIT CARD is required to make the booking. No net banking, no debit card no nothing. 3. The government has started few new buses [Volvo and TATA AC] but those are not updated on the website. Not even this but the new buses and routes are aslo not updated on the site and most of the times, people end up waiting for the bus that has either been canceled or whose time has been changed. P.S: the website is on for more than 3-4 years, and they are not maintaining it properly. The online booking is on for more than 3 years and I wrote to them through esamadhan [an online complaint address system] but got no reply. Can anyone help me with the framing of qeustions
  3. As reported in himvani.com on 21 Aug 2010: HimVani :: Voice of Himachal :: News, Travel, Jobs, Property, People, Culture, Issues, Weather, Citizen journalism & RSS NREGA work being done by fictitious persons Mandi: Information sought under the Right to Information (RTI) has revealed misappropriation in disbursement of funds under NREGA. Though information sought related to a specific panchayat area, it hints at wider irregularities in the implementation of the scheme. Sumanlata of Madota village in Jogindernagar sub-division of Mandi district had filed an RTI application to seek information on developmental works being carried in her village. It was subsequently revealed that attendance records of workers under NREGA were fudged and money misappropriated. According to master rolls obtained under RTI Act, one Sapna Devi has been shown attending work on at least four projects for which a payment of around Rs 5,500 had also been shown as made. Sumanlata filed another application in the Mandi education department and the revealed information made clear that during the said period Sapna Devi was employed in Government High School, Drang, which means that attendance records of NREGA works were being fudged The applicant in a letter written to Mandi SP has requested for a probe into the matter.
  4. Himachal high court judges to make assets public as posted in Taragana.Com reported By IANS May 19th, 2010 SHIMLA - Judges of the Himachal Pradesh High Court will declare their assets to the public Friday, Chief Justice Kurian Joseph said here Wednesday. “All the 11 judges in the high court would be declaring their assets May 21. The list of the assets would be posted on the official website of the court for scrutiny. It would be updated every financial year,” he said. A decision to declare assets was unanimously taken by all the judges at a meeting chaired by acting Chief Justice R.B. Mishra in August last year. Justice Joseph, who was sworn in as chief justice Feb 8 this year, announced soon after assuming charge that he was in favour of judges making their assets public. Besides the Supreme Court, the high courts of Kerala, Karnataka, Delhi and Punjab and Haryana have publicly declared the details of assets and properties of serving justices. Himachal high court judges to make assets public
  5. Atul Patankar

    BPL families exempted from fee under RTI

    As reported by Anamika Sharma at northindiatimes.com on Sept 8, 2009 Himachal Pradesh government in order to make Right to Information Act (RTE) pro poor people , on Tuesday exempted families falling under below poverty line (BPL) from fee required to get information under the act. " Under provision 5 (1) of Himachal Pradesh Right to Information Act 2006 persons belonging to below poverty line (BPL) have been exempted from fee for getting information. Other categories including Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes will have to deposit the prescribed fee," an Official Spokesman of State Government said. The spokesperson said that only the persons belonging to Below Poverty Line and identified by the state government will be provided information free of cost. Source: BPL families exempted from fee under RTI
  6. RTI exposes gaffe in recruitments as reported by Rakesh Lohumi, Tribune News Service Shimla, December 14 Is it possible to select a candidate for any post without preparing a merit list of candidates? The answer is “yes”, if one goes by the information supplied by the Himachal Pradesh High Court under the Right to Information Act regarding direct recruitment of additional district and sessions judges in 2007. An application was filed in this regard by RTI activist Dev Ashish Battacharya in which he had sought details of the marks obtained by the selected candidates and also the names and marks obtained by the first five candidates in the merit list in the preliminary, main and viva voce examinations. As per information provided by the state public information officer of the high court, only one candidate was finally selected to the cadre of the district and additional district judge. The candidate was from the general category. However, regarding the names and marks obtained by the first five candidates, he states that the organisation and administration branch of the high court has reported that “no such detail of first five candidates has been prepared”. The selected candidate had obtained 163 marks out of 300 marks in the preliminary examination and his score in the paper of criminal laws was only 21 out of 100 marks. The detail regarding marks obtained in viva voce reads: “average marks out of aggregate of 300 marks X 9 = 207.22 or 207 marks”. The high court had advertised two vacancies, one for ST candidates and the other for general category candidates. In all, 171 candidates, including nine ST candidates, appeared in the preliminary examination. The selected candidate was placed at the 47th place in the list of candidates declared successful in the preliminary examination. The rules lay down that a maximum of 35 candidates can be called for the main examination against a post. It is not clear what criterion was followed for calling candidates for the main examination and the interview. A candidate, Pramod Goyal, who was not called for the interview, had moved the high court for the re-evaluation of his paper of constitutional law. The expert who re-evaluated the paper said in his report that the examiner had been stringent in marking his paper and that he had done as good as the candidates who had been selected for the interview. He should be awarded 100 marks instead of 94 like other selected candidates. While Goyal was called for the interview after re-evaluation, others whose papers were also subjected to such “stringent marking” got no such relief. Bhattacharya points out that the case of Goyal makes it clear that the criteria for calling candidates for the main examination and for the interview were different. A candidate securing 21 marks out of 100 in a paper in the preliminary examination was called for the main examination (and he eventually got selected), but Goyal, who obtained 94 marks out of 200 in a paper in the main examination in the first evaluation, was not called for the interview. The best course, Bhattacharya says, to avoid such controversies is that institutions like the high court and the Vidhan Sabha, which have to oversee the functioning of the entire administrative system, should not get involved in the business of recruitments and, like other departments, leave it to the state public service commission and the subordinate services board. The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Main News
  7. karira

    Himachal govt reduced RTI fee

    As reported in himvani.com on 26 October 2008: HimVani.com :: Voice of Himachal :: News, Travel, Jobs, Property, People, Culture, Issues, Weather, Citizen journalism & RSS Himachal govt reduced RTI fee Himachal govt reduced RTI fee Shimla: In a major victory for activists involved in propagating the Right to Information Act, the Himachal Pradesh government has finally decided to reduce the fee for providing information to applicants under the Act. An official spokesperson said the fee had been reduced from Rs 10 to Rs 2 per page. No fee would be charged from below poverty line families for providing the required information.
  8. As reported by Tribune News Service in tribuneindia.com on 2 August 2008: The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Himachal Pradesh Edition Right to information 5 times costlier Dharamsala, August 2 Babu Ram, a poor person from the rural area, wanted to exercise his right to information. He sought for 20-page information from a government office. Babu Ram had to cough Rs 200 to get the information. Besides, he had to pay Rs 10 while submitting his application form for seeking information. The reason is that right to information in Himachal Pradesh is five times costlier than Punjab. In the state, the applicants have to pay Rs 10 for per page of information, but in Punjab the people have to pay just Rs 2 per page. The officials in various government offices said the rate was fixed by the government. However, this high rate is keeping many people away from the right to seek information under the Act. However, some of the officials, while speaking on the condition of anonymity, said cost of Rs 10 per page was fixed by the government, which included all costs, including the labour of the government officials in generating the information. However, the judgments delivered by various state commissions have made it clear that under the Act, the government officials can charge only for copying the documents. Himachal Pradesh is comparatively a poorer state vis-à-vis Punjab. People especially in rural areas have meager sources of income. So, the government should reduce the fee being charged under the Act and bring it on par with other states like Punjab. If the charges were reduced more people would be empowered to use the Act and make the government officials accountable.
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