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  1. Shadow file under RTI

    In a recent decision, Central Information Commission directed the Public Information Officer (PIO) to provide certified copy of the Shadow file under RTI. This issue was discussed in the discussions here "Shadow files in Government". As per the Manual of Office Procedure of Government of India: "If the reference seeks an opinion, ruling-or concurrence of the receiving Department and requires detailed examination, such examination will normally be done separately and only the officer responsible for commenting upon the reference will record the final views on the file. This separate examination can be done through routine notes or on what is commonly known as "shadow files"' which are opened subject wise in the receiving department." In the discussion it was raised that "The Main file is available under RTI, but the shadow file is not revealed. Has anybody got the copies of the shadow file under RTI? If one gets to access the shadow file, which generally contains a lot more information than what main file would contain, the level of transparency shall improve..." Shadow file under RTI In this decision of the CIC where the PIO could not find the original file, and in turn produced 'Shadow file' in front of the CIC, a certified true copy of the shadow file was allowed. The decision can be read here!
  2. While obtaining information regarding details of selected candidates of economically weaker sections (EWS) from Doon Public School the PIO alleged that RTI Applicant has threatened her saying that “My dekhunga, my kuch karunga” and that applicant is not having any public interest behind his RTI applications. The RTI applicant denied all the allegations made by the officer and further stated that he is heading an NGO and all his activities are for public interest. The Commission having heard the submissions and perused the record directed the PIO/Education, West­ B District to provide point wise revised information to the appellant. The EWS Form is for application in Delhi can be downloaded from here formstore.in Anti-Corruption NGO are for Public Interest Following were the broad questions that came up during the hearing: Details of school’s selected candidate list along with waiting list, Copy of show cause notice issued by DDE for the procedure of EWS, reply of school on show cause notice etc The list of students admitted under the EWS category with all their personal details. It was alleged that Student who are given admission under EWS category, are being asked by the school to pay donations He also alleged that lot of stationery and uniform meant for free ­distribution to the EWS students is not being accounted for by the school. The decision can be read and downloaded from here! What are your views. Do you think EWS admission need more RTI application to find out the issues? You can discuss this decision at our forum here! This is an extract of the decision available on the CIC public website, and is meant for generating interest in our readers only. For the true detailed and authentic copy you must download the decision from the CIC website!
  3. In a significant decision, Commission has asked the Chief Secretary of Delhi and Union Cabinet Secretary to disclose their policy on usage of photos of political leaders on various kinds of advertisements issued by state at the cost of tax payer’s money under Section 4 of Right to Information Act. Earlier Lokayuktha of Delhi have given recommendations for effective prevention of photo publicity of the political rulers. The Lokayuktha has found usage of photographs of Chief Minister of Delhi Smt Sheila Dixit and former Minister Shri Rajkumar Chouhana Government on Loan Application Forms of SC/ST/OBC Minority Finance and Development Corporation, which was sold at Rs 100 per application, being unusual and without any justification. They were intended to glorify and develop personality cult of the individuals. Putting photos on such official forms is only to gain unfair political advantage over the rivals especially during the elections. Policy on political publicity The Lokayuktha has recommended issuance of an advisory by the President of India to the respondents to desist from printing their photographs on the application forms under the Dilli Swarojgar Yojna, efface or block the photographs if any printed on the existing forms prior to their use. Supreme Court earlier had constituted a Committee consisting of Prof. (Dr.) N.R. Madhava Menon, former Director, National Judicial Academy, Bhopal, Mr. T.K. Viswanathan, former Secretary General, Lok Sabha and Mr. Ranjit Kumar, Senior Advocate to study and make recommendations on this serious issue. This Committee has presented its report recommending that government advertisements in media must not have faces of ministers and leaders of ruling party. It recommended that government advertisements should avoid photographs of political leaders and if it was essential then it should be restricted to photographs of the President/PM or Governor/Chief Minister. It said that name or symbol of political party in power should not be mentioned in advertisements which should maintain political neutrality and for projecting positive impression of the party. The Government of India and similarly the Governments of states have an obligation under Section 4 of Right to Information Act, to disclose on their own what their policy is and when they would start implementing it. The RTI applicant wanted information about implementation about the steps taken by the Government to stop photo­ publicity of the political leaders, as indicted and recommended by Lok Ayukta. The Commission directed the Union of India which now governs the Union Territory of Delhi, to disclose its policy on recommendations of Prof Madhava Menon Committee and Lokayuktha of Delhi regarding usage of photos of political leaders on various kinds of advertisements issued by state at the cost of tax payer’s money, in the best interests of democracy and proper representation to the people before they exercise their franchise. The decision can be downloaded from here! You can discuss this decision at our forum here! This is an extract of the decision available on the CIC public website, and is meant for generating interest in our readers only. For the true detailed and authentic copy you must download the decision from the CIC website!
  4. The information about ration should be treated as issue relating to life and liberty and RTI Act mandates the Public Authority to furnish information within forty eight hours. Ration Card Delay settlement in 48 Hours Information about ration card is held to be ‘information’ relating to life, and hence, it shall be given within forty­eight hours. Read the full forum discussion here:

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