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For a reality check, TOI correspondent used the privilege of being a woman and sought an early hearing on November 21, 2014, on an appeal filed under section 18 © of RTI Act, 2005, with chief information commissioner. The request pertained to an inquiry on pending RTI queries on funds spend by general administration department (GAD) on RTI awareness in the state. TOI is yet to receive an early hearing. Read more at: RTI queries by women to info panel hit a wall - The Times of India
karira posted a topic in RTI in Media[h=1]RTI in private bodies has hit a gridlock: Activists[/h] Even as the info commission decides whether Mumbai Metro One Pvt. Ltd. (MMOPL) is a public authority, the larger issue of private companies providing public service being under RTI has hit a gridlock stage, concur activists. Activists blame lack of political will, apart from the conservative approach of the judiciary in emphasising the need to make such private concerns more transparent. Activists say that the roots lay somewhere in the beginning when the sunshine law was coming into existence. As India took inspiration of its Act from the US version of the law, some things did not fall into place despite vociferous demands of those rooting for a strong Act. "The US version of the law has a schedule that covers bodies which provide public service. Out here, they have been left out," said Venkatesh Nayak, programme coordinator at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, which studies functioning of RTI. Instances where circulars or notifications were issued have not seen the bureaucracy take things to a logical end, even if the courts have not stayed them. For example, a department of personnel and training (DoPT) circular which made it mandatory for PPP models to disclose information covered under section 4 of the RTI Act, has not yet been effective. "Here, the blame should lie squarely on bureaucrats. If they want, the private bodies will not have the gumption to overlook a circular," said Bhaskar Prabhu of Mahiti Adhikar Manch, an NGO that works towards RTI awareness. States like Kerala that went ahead and came out with a notification to push for temple trusts and cooperative societies to come under RTI, saw them being challenged. "While some of them have had a very reasoned order, in other instances that has not been the case. In a number of cases, a stay has been granted," said Nayak. Those that have been termed as public authority and have got reprieve from the courts are MIAL and Reliance Energy. These were declared public authorities but courts gave a stay on such orders. The stays are yet to be lifted. "Definitions (of transparency) have been interpreted fairly restrictively by courts. The moment companies are performing jobs that affect the public, they ought to be transparent," said Anjali Bhardwaj, co-convenor of NCPRI, national platform that work towards RTI and played a pivotal role in the passage and implementation of RTI Act. "At the end of the day, if private companies take government aid, they should be willing to come under RTI," said Vijay Kumbhar, another RTI activist. "It has sort of become a routine session of private sector companies to reject giving any information otherwise," said SK Nangia, another activist. Read More: RTI in private bodies has hit a gridlock: Activists | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
Sajib Nandi posted a topic in RTI in MediaShobha Subhedar has made a successful transition to activism, as she holds fort during the RTI katta sessions at M H High School in Thane (W), twice a month. During these sessions she not only shares information about how to effectively use the Right to Information Act (2005), but also tries to ensure that the tool is used to benefit others. Read more at: RTI kattas in Thane are a hit with residents
rahul royale posted a topic in Discussions on RTIhey,everyone! my name is rahul,i live in newdelhi. i am pursuing b.tech from Maharishi Dayanand University located in rohtak,Haryana. My college name is Haryana Institute of Technology affiliated to above university situated in 34/41 KM Asodha Village,haryana. Q 1.i have question regarding our college fees, need information regarding LATE FEE FINE,what is limit to take late fee fine in private engineering colleges approved by govt?(because in my college they are taking Rs.100per day fine regarding late fee, it's not matter how much your's fee is pending.) Q 2.Another issue regarding fee is that Our college has taken Rs.60000 from the students of 2011-12 batch as their first year fee,but from 2010-11 they are taking Rs.83000 as first year fee. Q 3. there is no Representative in college on the behalf of college who would talk us on all of these matters, for example :- if you go to director of college on fee issue, he says go to administration department,if you go their they will say go to chairman's room,and chairman says go to director's room... Q 4.How to file RTI regarding this issue and where?How many students should file the RTI against college? i am in a great sort of dilemma, because i belong to a very medium class family. please provide the most effective way to file RTI,because i have all the evidence such fee slips,notice broad copies showing fine with the signature of Director.