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Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported by Mayank Agarwal at dnaindia.com on June 20, 2010 MK Alagiri, Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers (MCF) may be part of the Group of Ministers (GoM) which met Saturday to give relief to victims of Bhopal gas tragedy. But the ministry seemed to have other plans as it refused to furnish information under the RTI act to a Bhopal gas victim Hazra Bee. Bee wanted information about the government’s action on issues related to Bhopal gas tragedy. On the ministry’s refusal to do so, she filed an appeal before the RTI commissioner MM Ansari. Enraged with the pathetic attitude of the Chemical & Fertilizer Ministry’s handling of relief operations in Bhopal Ansari issued a showcause notice to the ministry for not furnishing information and directed that reply be furnished immediately. Bee, a resident of J P Nagar, Bhopal, under the RTI Act asked the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals (DCPC) information regarding government’s action on issues related to Bhopal gas tragedy. She is a semi-illiterate and lives below poverty line. However, the DCPC did not provide any information. Hazra Bee sent a representative who inspected the files at the department and identified the information. But DCPC even then did not provide the information and it was after this that Hazra approached the Central Information Commission (CIC). “The CPIO (Central public Information Officer) and the Appellate Authority (of the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals) have erred,” said Ansari in his order while observing that the case reflects DCPC’s lackadaisical attitude towards the concerns of the Bhopal gas disaster victims. “There cannot be a more grave injustice than this that a poor person is denied information that is related to her sufferings, and the manner in which the respondents (DCPC) have sought to redress grievances of thousands of victims, towards whom the respondents are merely providing lip service or false assurances,” said Ansari. Noting that information has been refused to Hazra Bee without any reasonable cause and for malafide reasons, Ansari issued a showcause notice to DCPC’s CPIO Bandana Banerjee asking why she should not be penalised of Rs25, 000. He also asked secretary MCF as to why a compensation of Rs1,00,000 should not be paid to Hazra Bee her for all the harassment she suffered. Ansari asked the DCPC and MCF secretary to reply to show cause notice by 31 March 2009 and provide informational within 10 days. However, instead of following the CIC order, the government approached Delhi High Court, which in turn issued a stay on the penalty and compensation proceedings and asked DCPC to provide information asked within eight weeks. The matter is now listed for July 13.
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 16 February 2010 NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission (CIC) recently awarded Rs 50,000 as compensation to an RTI applicant after he spent two years unsuccessfully chasing taxi bills worth Rs 1 lakh from the National Commission for Minorities (NCM). The information watchdog directed NCM to recover the amount from the salaries of officials who used the taxi services and conduct an investigation into the matter. RTI applicant Rajeev Gupta had provided taxi services to NCM officials between 2007 and 2008. The commission ran up a bill of Rs 1 lakh but did not verify the bills or make payments due to lack of proper coordination between different NCM departments, the order said. Ruling that a major concern of the RTI Act has been to promote transparency in functioning of public authorities with a view to ensuring accountability of public servants and authorities as well as to contain corruption of all forms, information commissioner M M Ansari said, "The appellant, a private service provider, has unnecessarily been harassed for about two years for non-payment of bills submitted by him for providing taxi services." In his order, Ansari said NCM had given "evasive and misleading response" and such attempts could encourage corrupt practices in outsourcing services. The CIC directed that a compensation of Rs 50,000 be awarded to Gupta within a month failing which penal interest at 10% per annum would be applicable. The NCM is also expected to give a compliance report and order an investigation into the matter. Source: TNN(15cic.tim)Cleared by Suchit 2055 ---------------------- - India - The Times of India
karira posted a topic in RTI in MediaIn an interim order, CIC has not only asked the PIO to show cause regarding maximum penalty of Rs 25,000/- but has also asked the DRM of NE railway to show cause as to why the appellant shoulkd not be awarded a compensation of Rs 100,000/-. The Applicant sought information. CIC passed an order to disclose. Order was not implemented by NE railway. The interim order is attached to this post. MA-19112009-02.pdf
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 1 October 2009 NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission has slapped the maximum fine of Rs 25,000 provided under the RTI Act on the CEO of a cost accounting body for failure to give timely information in a case. The CIC slapped the fine on the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India's (ICWAI) CEO, Sudhir Mukund Galande, while dismissing his argument that he was acting as a "facilitator" to the RTI applicant and that he was "not having direct access or control" over the information. Information Commissioner M M Ansari found it a fit case to impose a fine of Rs 25,000, maximum provided under the Act, on him with the directions to the chairman of the institute to deduct it under five monthly instalments from the salary of Galande. "It is hard to believe that he has no direct access or control over the information maintained by his office, of which he is the CEO. We, therefore, hold that he has violated the provisions of the Act since he did not respond to the RTI applications in question within the stipulated time of 30 days," Ansari ruled while hearing the plea of RTI applicant Ramesh Moreshwar Joshi, whose application was not responded in timely manner. He also directed the president of the institute to give a compensation of Rs 15,000 to Joshi for the harassment suffered by him. Source: CEO of ICWAI fined by CIC for delaying info under RTI - India Business - Business - NEWS - The Times of India