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[h=1]PMO declines information on people meeting Modi[/h] The Prime Minister's Office has refused to reveal to an RTI applicant the information about people who had sought an appointment to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying this would be prejudicial to the country's security and integrity. Rohit Kumar who had sought the information under the Right to Information Act termed the answer "ridiculous", and said he would appeal. The chief public information officer (CPIO) in the PMO in response to the RTI query by Rohit Kumar - a third-year student of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in Odisha - cited concerns for the sovereignty, integrity, security and the strategic interest to hold back the information sought by him. The prime minister meets people both formally and informally in connection with the functioning of the government and other issues and revealing this information may have "prejudicial effect on the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the state and relations with foreign states, as well as confidential third party information," the PMO said in its reply. Declining the information, it said, "...there may be instances of such meeting being exempt from disclosure of information under Sections 8(1) and 11 of the Right to Information Act." "Sometimes, persons meeting even request the very fact of the meeting having taken place be kept secret," it said in response to Rohit Kumar's query seeking details of individuals whose request for appointment was granted and who had met the prime minister and how many of those were from a business background. A disappointed Rohit Kumar said: "It is ridiculous. How the sovereignty, security, unity and integrity of the country is threatened by the disclosure of information about the people who had met or meet the prime minister upon the grant of the request for the same?" He told IANS in an email that he would file an appeal challenging the refusal of information. "This is indeed an unfortunate era going on for all the activists. All the rights-based laws are being questioned like MGNREGA, RTI Act, Land Acquisition Act etc." "The PMO has become the biggest rejector of RTI applications. So, this type of blatant opaqueness in the governance process is a huge threat to the democratic structure of the nation," he said. He also noted that it was not just the PMO which was declining requests for information sought under the RTI but all the departments under the present government were likewise stonewalling information. Read More: PMO declines information on people meeting Modi | Business Standard News
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaQuoting information obtained from an RTI application, Modi's annual salary is pegged at Rs 1,900,000 (a little over $30,000). Meanwhile, China's Xi Jinping, the president of the second highest economy with a GDP of $10 trillion, is twelfth on the list, earning $22,000. And this salary figure is only after a 60% pay hike early this year! Read at: PM Narendra Modi is 11th highest paid world leader | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
rti happenings: Opaque Systems: Right to Information Act is getting strangled under Modi government, activists say
Sajib Nandi posted a topic in RTI in Media“The single biggest indicator of the Act getting strangled is the state of the Central Information Commission,” said Venkatesh Nayak of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information. “The commission has been working without a chief for more than six months. The posts of three information commissioners have also been vacant for long, yet the government is simply silent.” Read more at: Scroll.in - News. Politics. Culture.
karira posted a topic in Off Topic[h=1]Law panel to Modi Govt: Bribery for 'good intention' should not be considered a crime[/h] New Delhi, Feb 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, throughout his electioneering, sought votes to curb widespread corruption and bribery in the government offices, but if reports are to be believed then Law Commission has come up with a recommendation that might promote bribery. Bribery to be legalised in India? As per reports, suggesting amendments in the Prevention of Corruption Amendment Bill, 2013, the Law Commission wants to decriminalisation of bribery 'if taken for a right cause'. That means, the law panel has suggested the government to not to penalise a government employee if he is caught seeking bribe for a good cause. For this, the panel has come up with a justification that Indian employees do not seek bribe only for their personal interests, infact bribe here is taken to get some of the work done on time. If this recommendation is accepted then only those public servants would be punished who misused their office by taking bribe. It must be noted that taking money or favours to get the work done is legal in several countries, there it is termed as 'facilitation fee'. A person is free to pay some extra money to get his/her work done quickly. With India bidding big ticket investments, the Law Commission, last week, recommended mandatory norms by government for commercial organisations to prevent bribery. Recommending amendments to the bill, the law panel proposed introducing a "statutory obligation" on the government to publish guidance about the procedures that commercial organisations can take to put in place "adequate systems" to prevent bribery to public servants. It said in Section 9, a new sub-clause can be added to make it clear that "the central government shall prescribe and publish guidelines about the adequate procedures, which can be put in place by commercial organisations to prevent persons associated with them from bribing any person, being or expecting to be, a public servant". It said the guidelines shall be prescribed and published by the Centre "after following a consultation process in which the views of all the interested stakeholders are obtained". Section 10 of the bill pending in the Rajya Sabha extends the liability of the commercial organisation to every person who is in charge of and is responsible to the organisation for the conduct of its business through a deeming provision. The panel in its latest report submitted to the Law Ministry has also recommended amending Section 10. The revised Section 10 now states that if an offence by a commercial organisation is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the commercial organisation, then such person shall be guilty of the offence and will be liable to be proceeded against and punishable with imprisonment which shall not be less than three years but which may extend to seven years. OneIndia News (With inputs from PTI) Read More: Law panel to Modi Govt: Bribery for good intention should not be considered a crime - Oneindia
PM Modi does not have an email ID RAIPUR: 'Digital India' has become the buzzword after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, but reply to a query under Right to Information (RTI) has revealed that Modi himself does not have an official email ID. Chhattisgarh-based India CSR Group's Rusen Kumar had filed an application with the Prime Minister's Office under the RTI Act, seeking information on the e-mail ID being used by Modi or his representatives. The PMO replied to Kumar stating that Modi does not have any official email id. The RTI reply said that any form of information, feedback, suggestion or complaint addressed to PM and his office can be sent through the url: Interact with Hon?ble PM | Prime Minister of India. This link is available on the PMO's official website. "I am surprised. The Prime Minister of the world's largest democracy does not have an email id," Kumar told TOI, adding that an email is one of the simplest means to communicate with people. He also claimed that the link provided by the PMO is not very user friendly. "To use this url, a visitor has to first create an account. This is a lengthy process," he said. Read More: PM Modi does not have an email ID - The Times of India
karira posted a topic in RTI in MediaNo official record of Modi being tea-seller: RTI reply New Delhi: There is no record available that shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a tea-seller on railway platforms or trains during his childhood, an RTI query has revealed. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (AP Photo) A Congress supporter and social activist Tehseen Poonawalla, had sought information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the Railway Board about whether there was any record, registration number or official pass issued to Modi allowing or entitling him to sell tea on trains and at stations. Quoting the RTI response from the railway ministry, she said: "No such information is available in TG III Branch of Tourism and Catering Directorate of Railway Board." Read More: No official record of Modi being tea-seller: RTI reply
rahbarsultan posted a topic in Post your RTI Success hereon my rti....Rashtrapati Bhawan inform me about expenditure of oath ceremony of Prime Minister N.Modi...according to information that kendriya lok nirman vibhag president house expenditure of Rs. 16,81,683 and app cost of arrangment relatd to tentage,stage,furniture @ other allied items is rs. 17.6 lakhs. electricity expnditure is app. Rs. 19 lakhs.....
Modi's decision for audit of NMCG welcomed VARANASI: The decision of Narendra Modi government for an audit of Rs 7,000 crores of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), was welcomed by Ganga Mahasabha, an organisation working for the river. The organisation in 2012 had sought information under RTI Act regarding funds provided to NGRBA for the conservation and cleaning of the Ganga since 2009. But, the government shied away from providing complete information. Read More: Modi's decision for audit of NMCG welcomed - The Times of India