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  1. Himanshu is yet to join the Border Security Force (BSF) and take to the frontiers. But for the 24-year-old from Ranchi, the battle is already won. The Ranchi University alumnus, who had always dreamt of serving the nation as a soldier and had cleared physical, written and medical examinations for selection of paramilitary jawans in 2011 only to find his name missing from subsequently lists of selected candidates, used the Right to Information (RTI) Act to wrest a job in the BSF. Read at: Armed with RTI, youth gets BSF job
  2. >RANCHI: जो कानून अबतक जनता के हाथ में एक धारदार हथियार था, प्रजातंत्र के लिए ऑक्सीजन था. उस हथियार को कुंद करने के लिए सरकार और भ्रष्टाचारी सरकारी अधिकारी पूरी तरह से मुस्तैद हैं. हालत यह है कि सूचना का अधिकार काूनन का उपयोग करके सूचना मांगनेवाले हर आवेदक को सरकार और प्रशासन शक की नजर से देखते हैं. इसलिए जन सूचना पदाधिकारी आवेदक को सूचना देने से कतराते और उन्हें दौड़ाते रहते हैं. उससे भी खतरनाक बात यह है कि आरटीआई एक्टिविसस्ट्स पर जानलेवा हमले किए जा रहे हैं. झारखंड में सूचना अधिकार कार्यकर्ताओं पर हमले के साथ ही उनका बड़े पैमाने पर उत्पीड़न भी हुआ है. आज बात करते हैं झारखंड के आरटीआई एक्टिविस्ट्स के संघर्ष की दास्तान पर.. Read at: http://inextlive.jagran.com/rti-problems-in-ranchi-68284
  3. Hello, sir I have got a caste certificate from SDO/Jamshedpur ,Jharkhand as BC 2 . can I apply as OBC Candidate IN JEE EXAM.
  4. rprasadjsr

    Jharkhand RTI

    I want to know rules and regulations RTI in jharkhand. .
  5. As reported by Jaideep Deogharia at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Feb 20, 2012 RANCHI: The Right to Information Act (RTI) can be used in different ways not only to expose corruption in government offices and public sector enterprises but also to force private NGOs and societies under Section 2(f) of the act to cough up information. Using the tool, noose can be tightened around those private agencies that try to fool people in the name of being associated with government-sponsored schemes. The option available in the act was utilized by one Vikas Sinha of Ranchi who applied for job in response to an advertisement published in a vernacular daily by Vikas Evam Kalyan Samity. Suspicious about the nature of the NGO, he filed an RTI application with the office of Ranchi deputy commissioner that resulted in a full fledged inquiry and exposure that the NGO was registered with Bihar government and had no association with Jharkhand. It still invited application for 455 posts under the so-called scheme, Jharkhand rural livelihood scheme, offering salary between Rs 6000 and Rs 12,000 for different posts. The application and inquiry constituted thereafter not only forced the NGO to pack up but the members involved were forced to return cost of application form (Rs 200 each) to all 200 applicants who had applied by the time the irregularity was exposed. Sharing this incident at the two-day regional seminar organized by Media Information and Communication Centre of India (MICCI), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FJand the Jharkhand RTI Forum here on Sunday, Sinha insisted to better understanding of the act and its proper use to drive out corruption and cheating. The seminar, "RTI: A potent weapon against corruption", aims at experience sharing and discussion on various ways of using provisions of the act in everyday life. Welcoming the delegates, Jharkhand RTI forum president Balram said that people have to understand and use the act because it still remains confined to the activist and has not been weapon of every ordinary man. "We are making efforts to explain to them the easy ways and applicability of the act besides sensitizing departments to come up for educating people about their rights," he said. FES India senior adviser Rameshwar Dayal said that the concept of RTI originated in Germany and given the success of the act it is now being used by citizens in 120 countries. RTI activist Nandini Sahay who remained associated with the movement for legislating RTI since 1995 said that the form of act adopted in India is one among the best because it has penal provisions for the official delaying or denying information to the seeker. As director of MICCI, she has been associated with awareness drives and sharing success stories of the act. She also hailed Jharkhand RTI Forum's idea of felicitating the commoners who have made best use of the act in betterment of individual or society. The platform was used to announce names of all 26 RTI champions who have been selected for the RTI-2012 awards.
  6. As reported by Madhusree Chatterjee at November 11, 2009 Ranchi: More than 10,000 students in districts ravaged by Maoist insurgency in Jharkhand can now go back to their class rooms with security forces vacating 28 of the 43 schools in the areas. The security forces had set up camps in the schools to battle the red terror. Eighteen districts are affected by Maoist violence in the state, according to official records. In response to a fresh Jharkhand High Court order of Sep 16, 2009, in public interest litigation, the state government and the Jharkhand police said it had vacated "28 of the 43 schools it had occupied in the Naxal-infested districts of the state and the process to vacate 13 more schools was under way". In their Sep 16 ruling, the bench consisting of Justice M.Y. Iqbal and Justice D.K. Sinha said the "security forces had to vacate the remaining schools as early as possible". When the case was filed in the Jharkhand High Court last year, the court had set a deadline of six months for security forces to relocate from schools. "The September 2009 order is a follow-up to a court ruling last year where the security forces were told that they had to vacate the school in six months - by the second week of January 2009. But we pleaded with the court to know the status of the case and how many schools the security forces had vacated," lawyer Santosh Tiwari, who filed the case of behalf of the People's Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), told the media. Most of the schools are located in the tribal areas, Tiwari said. He alleged that while police were claiming that schools were being vacated, the Central Reserve Police Force were "at the same time taking over new schools". "It is difficult to remove the CRPF camps from schools because of the forthcoming assembly elections," petitioner Shashi Bhushan Pathak, general secretary of PUCL, Jharkhand, told the media. Jharkhand state president of PUCL Subrato Bhattacharjee told the media that Human Rights Watch, a US-based rights watchdog, visited Jharkhand last year to survey the state of education in the insurgency-hit districts. It will release a "document in December on how presence of security forces in schools in the state has taken a toll on education in Jharkhand". The PUCL had filed an application under the Right to Information Act last year to "ascertain the number of schools where security forces and police had set up temporary outposts". Nearly 25 percent of the students in the 43 schools occupied by the CRPF are tribal and backward caste girls, Pathak said. Many of the schools do not have permanent teachers and the dropout rate is high among the tribal children, he said. However, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Raj Kumar Mallick, who filed a counter affidavit on behalf of the state government and police, countered the PUCL charge that education had been affected in these schools. "In most of these schools, education had not been affected and regular classes were being held," the counter affidavit said. The police said the security forces occupied only a portion of the school. "The process of constructing several (alternative) structures for security forces in some of the villages has already begun," the counter affidavit said. (IANS) Source: Students' breather: Security forces vacate 28 schools in Jharkhand
  7. prasad.dhirendra

    Misery of RTI in judiciary.

    Hi everybody, I am placing a glaring case of violation of RTI application before PIO office of the District & sessions Judge, Sahebganj within the state of Jharkhand. The concerned PIO does not received my application which was sent by speed post on the pretext on the envelope it has been written APIO. However after a lapse of statutory period, I have sent my first appeal with the copy of original petition to the first appellate authority cum first additional district & sessions judge, Sahebganj. The first appellate authority has kindly been pleased to register my appeal and called me mechanically without applying his judicial mind to appear before him on 6th jul 2009. When I informed him my inability to attain in person then he keep mum. After lapse of 45 days when i want to know the status of my first appeal then surprisingly the first appellate authority an officer of the rank of additional district & sessions judge wrote a letter to me that he is an in-charge officer and he cant dispose of the appeal when permanent incumbent will come then the appeal will be adjudicated. Finding no way out i preferred second appeal before state information commission jharkhand and the state commission directed the PIO to appear in person on 15 oct 2009 with all the connected papers. The info was sought for in connection with payment of retiral benefits, leave salary, gratuity, insurance and other dues of a retired civil court employee vishwanath singh. The info also relates regarding the demotion of the said employee without departmental proceeding. The grave concern is that copy of all correspondence has been sent to registrar general Jharkhand High Court. Delay breeds corruption and Administrative side of judiciary requires this pathology atleast in the matters of RTI. Suggestions invited from RTI Crusaders.
  8. sidmis

    Munda seeks smart use of RTI

    Munda seeks smart use of RTI as reported by Corresspondent, The Telegraph, October 13 , 2008, Ranchi, Oct. 12: At a seminar on the Right to Information Act (RTI) held today, former chief minister Arjun Munda sought judicious use of the information act from the state’s citizens and organisations. The seminar — which was organised by the Jharkhand RTI Forum, a social group working in this sector, and the Junior Chamber International, a social organisation — celebrated three years of the RTI in India. Several officials, including the two information commissioners of the state, Gangotri Kujur and Sristidhar Mahto, attended the event. Before experts and politicians took to the stage, former chief minister released a book on the RTI. The book authored by the director of Media Information and Communication Centre of India, Nandini Sahay, and the centre’s Jharkhand chief, Vishnu Rajgadia, is a guideline to the RTI. The Rs 250-worth book was published by the media centre, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a German voluntary organisation, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. “In the past three years several private and public parties have used the RTI for personal gain. But, the act was provided to people to bring in transparency in the system, to empower people to understand their rights better. It failed that task several times as it was not used honestly by the people,” Munda said. Information commissioner Mahto agreed with Munda and added that RTI was not a tool for “personal vengeance”. At the same time, he asked people to use their RTI rights fearlessly and challenge the legislature and the judiciary, if need be, to get the information that is rightfully theirs. “If you are seeking information even from the state high court and if the latter refuses to do so, you are welcome to knock on the information commission’s door. If the matter reaches me, I will ensure that you get to the information,” Mahto promised. Kujur, on his part, asked NGOs to play an active part and use the RTI as “a tool” to maintain a vigil on the bureaucracy and on the government, to force both to keep transparency in their duties. Social activist Balram asserted that said it was “wrong” to let off persons denying information “lightly”. “A person found guilty of violating the RTI should be dealt strictly, as the act does not allow people to be let off lightly,” he said. The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Jharkhand | Munda seeks smart use of RTI
  9. sidmis

    Pipe deal under scanner

    Pipe deal under scanner as reported by ANKUSH SINGH, The Telegraph, Oct. 10 08 Jamshedpur, The polymer pipe manufacturers here have demanded a review of the new contract system of the public health and engineering department (PHED) dealing with the installation of the hand pumps. They have alleged that the state has lost Rs 3.5 crore since the new system came into force. On the other hand, it has left the state manufacturers without a market. The industrialists complained the system was against the industrial policy of the state. Under the provision of the new system, the contractor has to purchase the pipes to be used in the installation of a hand pump. However, their cost is passed on to the government. A recent reply of the PHED to an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act revealed that the government was paying Rs 350 per metre plus an additional 3 per cent to the contractors for installing the 125mm blue casing pipe for hand pumps. For the same pipes, the government was paying Rs 290 per metre before the new turnkey contract system was introduced, the industrialists said. “We have failed to figure out the reasons why the contractors are not buying pipes from us,” they added. “We cannot sell our products in other states as the governments there have policies in favour of local industries,” said Sarwan Kumar Debuka the owner of Rani Sati Pipes who had filed the RTI application. There are around a dozen polyvinyl pipe manufactures in the state who are now on verge of closure due to the new contract system, the industrialist said. The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Jharkhand | Pipe deal under scanner
  10. Cops play security card against RTI As Reported by SANTOSH K. KIRO, Indian Express Ranchi, June 17: Jharkhand police have refused reply to a Right to Information Act (RTI) application seeking the number of primary and secondary schools occupied by paramilitary forces. Though the state information panel asked the home department to furnish the information on April 28, the police refused to divulge the details as it could "hamper the state's security" and "harm life and property of people". In the reply to the application filed by state general secretary of People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) Shashibhushan Pathak, director-general of police (human rights) Ramlakhan Prasad said: "As the information is related to the life and property of the common masses, disclosure of the information is exempted under section 8(a) and section 8(g) of the RTI." The sections state that information affecting the sovereignty, security and interests of India or endanger a life can be exempted from the RTI Act. Police spokesperson R.K. Mallick said Pathak was free to appeal. "This is the view of the police headquarters. If the applicant disagrees, he can appeal," said Mallick. But the state information commission is the highest appellate in RTI matters. Paramilitary forces occupy several schools, especially in rural areas, as they have been deployed to fight Naxalites and do not have other place to stay. Though it is common knowledge in a given area where the security personnel are put, the number of schools under occupation is not know. Beside the number of schools, Pathak had also wanted to know which government order allowed the forces to occupy the schools. "I fail to understand how the information I have demanded would hamper the state's security," said Pathak, pointing out that he had only wanted the numbers. The PUCL member said the government was violating the fundamental right to education by stationing paramilitary forces in schools. "As the state has enough funds to tackle Naxalites, it can put up tents for the forces. Why should it take away the space of children in schools?" he asked. Even the Jharkhand State Information Commission has refused to accept the excuse of the police. "The argument of the state police is not acceptable. The police have to provide the information sought," said state information commissioner Gangotri Kujur. Pathak is not accept the explanation of the police as he has come a long way seeking this information. He had filed the application under the RTI Act at the directorate of primary education in April 2007. When he did not get the details, he moved the office of the deputy director of the directorate of primary education in December 2007. When this attempt also failed to bear fruit, Pathak approached the state information commission. Then came the reply from the human resource development department that the occupation of school buildings by paramilitary forces concerns the home department. The state information commission asked the home department to provide Pathak with the information but only got a refusal in reply. The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Jharkhand | Cops play security card against RTI
  11. Jharkhand CIC orders illegal, say colleagues as reported by Manoj Prasad Wednesday, June 18, 2008 in Indian Express RANCHI, JUNE 17: The Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Jharkhand Harishanker Prasad is under fire for two controversial orders passed by him recently, which his colleagues termed illegal. Prasad, who is due to vacate office on June 30, had passed orders on May 25, seeking post-retirement benefits for himself. In his first order, he has sought Rs 14,000 as monthly allowances for two staff peons and a clerk. He has also claimed Rs 1,500 per month under the head of his telephone bill in his second order . According to the RTI Act, CIC’s rank is equal to a member of the Election Commission of India. But the Act says nothing about his post-retirement entitlements. Prasad, a retired judge of the Jharkhand High Court(JHC), defending his orders, said he had done nothing illegal. “Madhya Pradesh’s CIC D N Srivastava got these perks after his retirement. So my orders are valid,” Prasad told The Indian Express. But none of his six Information Commissioners (ICs) think so. “This is illegal,” said Information Commissioner Baidhnath Mishra, ex-editor of a local Hindi daily. “The RTI Act does not empower him to claim post retirement benefits for himself.” Ever since the state Government constituted JSIC on July 30, 2006, Prasad had courted many a controversy. His latest orders were being scrutinised by the state’s Personnel Department, the cadre controlling authority of JSIC. Admitted state’s Principal Secretary (Personnel) R S Sharma: “If the CIC is entitled to the post-retirement benefits he has claimed in his orders, they have to be provided by the Government. The CIC can propose them and pass orders for himself.” IndianExpress.com :: Jharkhand CIC orders illegal, say colleagues
  12. Congress opposes decision to expand State Information Commission As reported Zee News (Bureau Report), June 28, 2008 Ranchi, June 28: The congress on Saturday opposed the Jharkhand government's decision to raise the strength of the State Information Commission a week after it reportedly recommended addition of three more names to the six-member body. "There is no need to raise the strength of the current six-member commission in Jharkhand. There are several states where the information commission is manned by one, two or three members only," PCC spokesman Alok Dubey told newsmen. The recent recommendation of three names for the commissioner's post sent to governor S S Razi amounts to 'politicisation of the constitutional posts,' the party, in a press release, said. "The government is still not fulfilling congress' continued demands for setting up various commissions and boards for minority communities," Dubey said. PCC president Pradeep Kumar Balmachu has recently met AICC president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi and apprised her of the prevailing political situation in the state. The PCC president had also met Union Minister Ajay Makan and discussed with him the political affairs of the state. Makan is the party's in-charge of Jharkhand affairs. The congress, which had served a 60-day 'perform or perish' ultimatum on the Koda dispensation last year, is a crucial outside supporter of the ruling UPA. Bureau Report Zee News - AICC information commission
  13. Land rights din surrounds airport AS REPORTED by SANTOSH K. KIRO , The Telegraph, June 22 , 2008 - Villagers invoke RTI to claim revenue dept records, seek compensation Ranchi, June 21: At a time when the aviation industry is going through a rough patch, the capital’s airport is being drawn into a controversy over land ownership: around 150 villagers now claim their families weren’t adequately compensated for the land on which the Birsa Munda Airport was built way back in 1963. Their claims are based on a set of documents they received from the state revenue department after applying for certain details under the Right to Information Act. The documents — over 1,035 pages — provide acquisition details of 982.44 acres of the 1,568 acres on which the airport is situated. The bone of contention is over the remaining land for which the revenue department could not produce acquisition details, since it pertained to “pre-Independence days”. The villagers, represented by the Visthapit Sangharsh Samiti, are now thinking of moving the High Court against the state government for not parting with all the information. “The state government has failed to provide satisfactory and complete information about land acquisition for setting up the airport,” said Krishna Sahu, the samiti’s general secretary. “It has also failed to give us details of compensation paid to land owners on whose land the airport came up,” said the leader of the samiti formed in 2006 to champion the “cause of the aggrieved families.” The samiti invoked RTI in April 2007 seeking various details about the land — namely, when and from whom it was acquired by the government, how much compensation was paid and to whom. But the information, that too incomplete, reached it only recently. According to the documents, the then Bihar government had “acquired” 982.44 acres for the airport in the four villages of Hundru, Hethu, Hinoo and Kalyanpur during 1962-63. Ranchi district land acquisition officer Kamal Shankar Srivastava, who provided the information to the villagers, agreed the information was incomplete. “We have been able to provide detailed papers for a part of the land acquired. Rest of the documents aren’t available as it relates to the British period,” he said. The British, he said, was understood to have “requisitioned” the remaining 585.56 acres between 1941-43 and paid farmers “yearly compensation” for the crops, houses, wells and trees that stood on their land. Apparently, during WW II, the British were keen on setting up a military camp/command in the area. And as per its understanding with the villagers, the land would be returned to them after the war. However, after Independence, the Indian Army continued to occupy the land. None of this is included in the set of documents handed over to the samiti, which was set up by villagers belonging to Hundru, Hinoo, Hethu, Garhatoli, Chotaghaghra, Pakatoli, and Kalyanpur villages. “My land happens to be right in the middle of the airport and I continue to pay revenue. There are many in the village like me. We should be compensated adequately,” said Vijay Wargiya, son of Om Prakash Vijay Wargia, the original owner. State land revenue minister Dulal Bhuiyan, who is aware of the brewing controversy, said he would consult Union ministers. “I have gone through the papers related to the airport land. The land whose acquisition papers aren’t available, may have been requisitioned by the British,” he said, adding he would constitute a representative committee and consult defence minister A.K. Antony and civil aviation minister Praful Patel to find a way to compensate villagers. The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Frontpage | Land rights din surrounds airport
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    RTI rap to cost varsity 4 lakh

    As reported by Amit Gupta in telegraphindia.com on 14 June 2008: The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Frontpage | RTI rap to cost varsity 4 lakh RTI rap to cost varsity 4 lakh - PIO fined Rs 40,000 for withholding information Ranchi, July 13: The state information commission has slapped a fine of Rs 40,000 on Ranchi University and its former public information officer for withholding information on RTI applications filed by two professors alleging they had been superseded in promotions. In his order, state information commissioner Gangotri Kujur also ruled that the professors, Amitabh Hore and P.N. Pandey, who sought information from the varsity on the method it adopted to determine seniority, be compensated by paying Rs 2 lakh each. While the compensation amount was to be borne by RU, Kujur said the fine of Rs 40,000 was to be deducted from the salary of the former PIO, Sudhandhu Kumar Verma. Kujur told The Telegraph the university was refusing to answer the queries on frivolous grounds and the PIO was dilly-dallying. “After being denied information by RU’s information cell, Hore approached us in August 2007. We gave RU nine chances to provide the information. But we cannot wait indefinitely. So we took the punitive action,” she said. The issue too was serious, Kujur said. “Given that RU has a bad name… seniority is being decided on fake and frivolous grounds by top university officials from time to time for decades in lieu of nepotism and financial kick-backs,” she added. At the centre of the professors’ query was the 2005 promotion of K.N. Dubey as head of the postgraduate zoology department. This was challenged by the two, both in the same department, in 2006 alleging they had been unfairly superseded as they were senior to Dubey. Before that, Pandey had approached Governor Syed Sibtey Razi’s office — the RU chancellor — on September 29, 2005. Later, he moved the Jharkhand High Court even alleging that Dubey’s recruitment as teacher in 1973 was through unfair means. The court, however, referred the matter back to the chancellor. Both Hore’s and Pandey’s querries to RU centred around whether the chancellor’s rules had been adopted to judge seniority — known as the substantive date of appointment as recommended by the state service commission. They also sought to know how the name of a teacher was allegedly “interpolated in the list of teachers supposed to be appointed temporarily by the then vice-chancellor in 1973”. RU teachers welcomed the information commission’s ruling in their favour. “Different standards were being adopted in promotion of teachers,” rued a senior professor demanding a thorough inquiry into the matter. While Hore and Pandey may have got the information commissioner on their side, their dispute with the university was far from over. The chancellor’s office is yet to rule in the matter.
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