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In a big decision, Central Information Commission have brought Ministers under RTI and declared Ministers in the Union Government and all State Governments as ‘public authorities’ under Section 2(h)of the RTI Act. The Ministers have a duty to inform the people about their efforts to fulfill the promises they have made, through Section 4(1)(b) of RTI Act and also to furnish the information as sought by their voters under other provisions of RTI Act. The commission has directed that a Public Information Officer within two months from the date of receipt of this order be appointed with each Minister Office. The Commission strongly recommends to implement the recommendations of NCRWC, Second ARC and replace the ‘oath of secrecy’ with ‘oath of transparency” so that the Minister will respect the right to information of the citizen, which was passed by the Parliament and considered as fundamental right intrinsic in Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution, and be answerable/accountable to the citizens. Ministers under RTI The question can came in front of CIC was Is ‘Minister’ a ‘public authority’? The Commission strongly recommended the Centre and States to provide necessary support to each minister, including designating some officers, or appointing as Public Information Officers and First Appellate Authorities. They also shall be given an official website for suo moto disclosure of the information with periodical updating as prescribed under Section 4 including the facility of meeting people since the Ministers deserve necessary assistance to receive, acknowledge and provide response to the representations given by the people and as Constitutional functionaries, the Ministers have a duty to inform the people about their efforts to fulfill the promises they have made, through Section 4(1)(b) of RTI Act and also to furnish the information as sought by their voters under other provisions of RTI Act. The decision can be read here: MINISTER UNDER RTI! You can discuss this post at our forum here! The wiki article is available here for further information.
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s 13 official foreign trips, including visits to the US, China and Russia, have made headline news but official records show that the rest of his Cabinet has had little opportunity to travel abroad. At least 32 ministers, or half of Modi’s Cabinet, have not travelled abroad since the NDA government came to power on May 26, 2014, according to information provided to The Indian Express under the RTI Act by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). - See more at: Foreign trips for NDA Ministers less than half of UPAâ€™s | The Indian Express
She is already mired in the Lalitgate tangle, facing allegations of misuse of office, now Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stares at a fresh propriety test. A RTI query has raised fresh questions against Swaraj's propriety doublespeak. It's not just Sushma, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje too completely cornered over her link with the former IPL czar Lalit Modi. And as TIMES NOW digs deeper into the Lalitgate scandal, more muck emerges with even the Mumbai Police Commissioner now caught in the tangle. Will BJP Govt act against Ministers?-India-TIMESNOW.tv - Latest Breaking News, Big News Stories, News Videos
MANOJ B. PATEL posted a topic in RTI in MediaSeveral ministers and chief parliamentary secretaries in Punjab travelled a daily average of up to 282 km for months at a stretch and sought “hefty” fuel reimbursement from the state exchequer, data accessed by The Tribune under the Right to Information Act shows. The logging of such long distance travel daily has been termed “unrealistic” and “highly inflated” by various opposition parties. They have dubbed it “nothing less than a scam”.Read more at; Travelling 282 km/day for months, Punjab ministers take govt for ride
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaEither the Mizoram Finance Minister or the RTI document has told a lie. Finance Minister Lalsawta has said the new cars recentlyallotted to the ministers and parliamentary secretaries wereactually purchased for government officials, who however declinedthe offers and decided that the cars be allotted to the ministersand parliamentary secretaries instead. According to an RTI information obtained by a vernacular paper from the secretariat administration department, the cars which total cost was Rs 3,33,59,945, were not meant for government officials. Read at: RTI document differs from minister's statement
karira posted a topic in RTI in MediaGovt foots costly medical bills of ministers Medical bills of ministers and MLAs are causing a dent in the state exchequer. In violation of rules, crores are being spent on the treatment of these VIPs overseas. Health Department rules clearly state that only such treatment may be obtained abroad that is not available in the country. Information obtained under the RTI Act shows that the government recently spent Rs 21 lakh on minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon’s treatment in the US. The Health Department had stated in its approval that the treatment was available at the AIIMS, Delhi; Medanta, Gurgaon, and Rajiv Gandhi Hospital but the latest treatment was available in the US. The minister chose to be treated in the US. Minister SS Rakhra sent the department a bill of Rs 4.08 lakh incurred on the treatment of his wife at Max Super Hospital, Delhi, in March 2014. But the department has approved only Rs 2.09 lakh. It has approved Rs 3.26 lakh against a bill of Rs 3.91 lakh in case of Tota Singh. The latter’s son Barjinder Singh is chairman of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation. Tota Singh had undergone treatment at Metro Heart Hospital, Noida, in July last year. Then minister Ranjit Singh Brahmpura got his wife treated at the Fortis Hospital, Mohali. The government paid a bill of Rs 4.32 lakh. Chief Parliamentary Secretary Avinash Chander got his mother treated at the Fortis Hospital, Mohali. The state paid a bill of Rs 2.43 lakh.Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike got his family members treated at Delhi and Mumbai hospitals and the state paid Rs 3.23 lakh on their treatment. Then minister Khushal Behl underwent surgery at Delhi and Chandigarh. The government paid Rs 3.77 lakh for it. Legislator OP Soni got his parents treated at Mohali and the state paid Rs 6.17 lakh for it. Legislator Laal Singh got treatment at the Fortis, Mohali, for which the state paid Rs 3.20 lakh. The government spent Rs 1.01 crore on medical bills between 2007 and 2012. Legislators and their medical expenses Rs 21 lakh spent on minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon's treatment in the US recently Rs 2.09 lakh approved, against Rs 4.08 lakh sent, for minister SS Rakhra; the amount incurred on the treatment of his wife at Max Super Hospital, Delhi in March 2014 Rs 3.26 lakh, against a bill of Rs 3.91 lakh, approved in the case of minister Tota Singh, who underwent treatment at Metro Heart Hospital, Noida, in July 2014 Rs 2.43 lakh paid, against a bill of Rs 4.32 lakh, to Chief Parliamentary Secretary Avinash Chander for the treatment of his mother at the Fortis Hospital, Mohali Rs 3.23 lakh paid to minister Gulzar Singh Ranike for the treatment of his family members at Delhi and Mumbai hospitals Rs 3.77 lakh paid to then minister Khushal Behl who underwent surgery at Delhi and Chandigarh Rs 6.17 lakh paid to legislator OP Soni, who got his parents treated at Mohali Rs 3.2 lakh paid to MLA Laal Singh, who got treatment at the Fortis, Mohali Prior approval a must Punjab Health and Family Welfare Director Karanjit Singh says the members are allowed overseas treatment only if it is not available in the country. Prior permission is essential for treatment in a foreign country and slabs are fixed for treatment of VIPs. Read More: Govt foots costly medical bills of ministers
Hello everyone, I am Anup S. Nair. At first thank you to all for helping me clarify my doubt about the Education Loan. Now I have a new requirement . have done my MBA from private college, IIPM and now I want to look for a government job which I think I cannot apply with an MBA Holders tag as IIPM is a private college, Am I correct? Then If I cannot apply as a PG holder, can I pursue any mini PG course and join for PG Jobs? If yes can I get information about which are the possible fields in Government of India where a BBM + MBA or PGD can apply, that also at an age of 26 years. As I, Anup S. Nair is of 26years of age and has all the above mentioned problems, Please guide me.
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported at dnaindia.com on Sep 27, 2011 The government has spent nearly Rs42 crore on foreign visits by Union ministers during the last one year. The information provided in an RTI reply shows that while Cabinet ministers spent Rs 37.16 crore on their foreign visits, their junior colleagues, Ministers of State, spent about Rs4.76 crore on these visits bringing the total travel expenditure to Rs41.82 crore for the year 2010-11. The Cabinet Secretariat has given these consolidated figures of foreign visits expenses incurred by the Ministers to activist SC Agrawal after instructions from the Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra who directed it to make the disclosure. In the case, Agrawal had sought to know from the Cabinet Secretariat the travel details of Union ministers for the last three years, but he was told that information was "scattered" across different ministries and he would have to collect it from them separately. When the matter reached the Central Information Commission, the Cabinet Secretariat reiterated its position. The secretariat also noted that to collate the information, a large volume of records and documents would have to be scrutinised which would disproportionately divert the resources of the public authority. "While we tend to agree with the submission made by the respondents (Cabinet Secretariat), we think it would be in the interest of transparency if some key information about the domestic and international travel by Union ministers could be maintained centrally in Cabinet Secretariat itself, especially since the pay and accounts office under it is responsible for all accounting details for payment of the salary and reimbursement of their travel expenditure," CIC Satyananda Mishra had said in his order.
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported by The Hindu on February 1, 2009 New Delhi (PTI): The PMO has decided to keep the assets of ministers and their relatives under wraps saying information in this regard is exempted from the Right to Information Act. In a reply to the application of RTI applicant Subhash Chandra Agrawal, the PMO has termed the information as exempt under the Section 8 of the RTI Act and refused to divulge it for the same. The PMO had reportedly provided the details to the cabinet secretariat to facilitate answering of RTI applications in this regard but later took an about turn and denied the information to the applicant. Agrawal had filed an RTI application last year seeking seeking details of assets of Union Ministers and their relatives for the last two years from Cabinet Secretariat. The letter was forwarded to Prime Minister's Office for necessary action on the application. "In a letter dated May 19, 2008 the PMO provided the details of assets and liabilities of members of Union Council of Ministers to cabinet secretariat to deal with such RTI applications," Agrawal said. "But after that I did not get any response from either of the offices. I had even moved an application with the Central Information Commission in this regard," he added. After six months, PMO in a letter dated December 17, 2008 told Agrawal that the information sought could not be provided as it was exempt under the RTI Act provisions. The office sought exemption under clauses 8(1)(e) and 8(1)(j) which relate to immunity granted to "documents fiduciary relationship" and "Cabinet Documents" under the RTI Act, 2005 respectively. Source : The Hindu News Update Service