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  1. reachganesh

    RTI for NRI

    I am living abroad and want to file RTI. Can I file RTI at https://rtionline.gov.in? If not what is the procedure for this?
  2. Hi RTI Activists, I want to file an RTI in Himachal Pradesh state department (HPPSC), but being an NRI I can only file RTI with Union of India online. I have drafted the RTI application here ... (please attach the document instead of link) Can anyone file the RTI on my behalf and post the results back here? Also, do you think the application requires some changes? Please advice. Thanks, Vikas
  3. karira

    The RTI battle of the NRIs

    As reported in thehindu.com on 03 April 2009: The Hindu News Update Service NRIs face difficulty in availing of RTI facility New Delhi (PTI): Non-resident Indians are finding it diffcult to take advantage of the Right to Information Act with complaints of a cumbersome process of fee-payment for information seekers living outside India. An RTI applicant Lokesh Batra raised the issue with Indian mission in Washington citing problems faced by NRIs in filing RTI applications. "There is no definite procedure to deposit the fee of Rs 10 from there (USA) to the public authority anywhere in India which is a big difficulty for accessing the information," Commodore Batra said. According to the Indian Embassy website, people can submit applications along with documentary proof of Indian citizenship (like copy of personal particulars pages of passport) and send prescribed fee in dollars, equivalent to Indian Rs 10 in cheque or demand draft. However, "they need to send the fee directly to public authority here in India for which the process is quiet vague," Commodore Batra said. "From abroad, payment in India in Rupees for RTI Fee is a cumbersome process, especially when different modes of payment and amount being prescribed and accepted by Center, State Governments and other Public Authorities like Courts "For instance in Uttar Pradesh, one has to apply and paste treasury stamp for getting copy of State Information Commission's order. How can a person will travel all the way from America to paste stamp and get the information?", he asked.
  4. schettiar

    Introduction

    I would like introduce myself as NRI working in saudi arabia for past 2 years as Internal Audit Manager.
  5. US-based Indian doctor Kunal Saha, fighting a case of medical negligence in India over his wife's death, has moved a writ petition before the Calcutta High Court seeking action against the West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) and its functionaries for their 'deliberate violation' of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. The petition filed on Jan 11 also named WBMC president Ashok Chowdhury, its registrar D.K. Ghosh as well as the West Bengal Information Commissioner, charging them with violating the act. Saha's wife Anuradha had died from alleged medical negligence during a trip to Kolkata in 1998. The WBMC acquitted all three doctors accused of medical negligence after an investigation, which Saha termed 'botched up' saying that the organisation had 'refused to provide any documents until now'. Since her death, Saha, an AIDS specialist, has been fighting legal battles in different courts, including the Supreme Court, against the three senior Kolkata doctors (Sukumar Mukherjee, Abani Roychowdhury and Baidyanath Halder) for their alleged wrongful treatment and against medical corruption in India. 'The Right to Information Act has ignited the battle for medical justice in West Bengal,' Saha told IANS over telephone from Columbus, Ohio, in the US. 'The WBMC has always shielded the errant doctors through sham 'investigation' behind closed doors. RTI Act has given ordinary people an extraordinary power to fight this corrupt practice by the medical council,' Saha said. 'While separate 'criminal' and 'compensation' cases are still pending before the Supreme Court against these doctors, the blatant violation of RTI Act by WBMC has been challenged this week before the Calcutta High Court,' Saha said. While Saha's appeal against the WBMC final order is pending before the apex court, he has sought all documents/materials related to the investigation of his complaint by virtue of the RTI. He said he had moved the high court because the WBMC remained non-responsive to his demand for documents. Besides the 'criminal' case against the three doctors, a 'civil' appeal for Rs.1.43 billion (Rs.777 million plus 12 percent interest since 1998) are pending in the Supreme Court. Saha in the course of his legal battle has formed an organisation called People for Better Treatment (PBT) after teaming up with other aggrieved patients in India. Indian American doctor fights for information - India News
  6. elsymathai

    issue of new ration card

    I am an NRI, and returning now. How can i get ration card. My husband and me had ration cards earlier, but later it has been discarded. My children of 27 and 24 years old never got one. So how can I apply for the same.
  7. MUMBAI: This is one problem that most tax-payers in the country may have faced at some point in their lives. The income tax department directly deducts your tax at source, but when it comes to refunds, it sends you on a wild goose chase. An assessee has now shown a way around the problem through the use of the right to information (RTI) act. Tushar Dalvi used RTI and managed to get his refund, which was pending for five years, in a week’s time. Dalvi, an NRI, who settled in Santa Cruz a few years ago, has a non-resident ordinary account (NRO) from which the bank was deducting tax at source (TDS) on the interest accumulated on his deposits. Although he had filed returns and applied for a refund with the central international taxation department from 2002 onwards, he had not got a single reply from the IT department. "I was stone-walled for quite sometime and then I tried to use the services of a chartered accountant (CA). But he said he would charge me Rs 50,000 as service charge," said 60-year-old Dalvi, an IIT alumnus from Powai. The CA told him that some part of the money would be for ‘other expenses’ to get the job done quickly. "When I calculated the refund, it was coming to one lakh. I found this service charge exorbitant," he said. Dalvi decided to file an RTI query with the IT dept’s central public information officer (CPIO) in December last year asking about the status on his pending refund. "The officer in charge forwarded my request to the CPIO for international taxation. I got both my refunds in a week. Later, I also got the interest and my assessment orders from them which they had missed initially with the original refund cheques," he said. NRI uses RTI to beat bribe, get refund-India-NEWS-The Times of India
  8. HI, I sent an email and letter requesting for financial information (balance sheet, income expense statement, list of charities served, etc) to Executive Officer of Tirumala Tirupati board but unable to get response. After calling several people on board I got information saying I should ask under RTI act. My question is how can I do it from USA? I read some articles that we can use Indian embassy in US but that was for govt. agencies. Can someone share information? what alternatives I can use about forwardign agency for fee, etc. I am US citizen but have PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card. Thanks, Madhu
  9. As reported at www.business-standard.com on 12 May 2009 In order to ease RTI application process from abroad, the Central Information Commission has framed new rules enabling NRIs to pay application fees and information costs at the Indian embassies and missions abroad. NRIs will also be able to avail audio-video conference facilities in case of first and second appeals. "We have finalised new rules and regulations which will help NRIs to easily process their applications while exercising their Right to Information. There will be an easy-to-follow procedure for paying fee against the information in Indian Embassies and audio-video conferencing facility in case of first and second appeals," Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah told PTI. As per the new procedure envisaged, Habibullah said, "Embassies may accept only the fee and information cost and provide e-receipts to applicants who can then directly file their RTIs to public authorities in India by email along with proof of payment." The CIC said, "I will soon meet concerned officials at the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Personnel and Training other stake holders for this." NRIs have often complained of a cumbersome process of fee-payment for seeking information. "Till now, there is no definite procedure to deposit the fee of Rs 10 from outside to the public authority anywhere in India which is a big difficulty for accessing the information," RTI activist Commodore Lokesh Batra, who filed an RTI with Indian mission in Washington to assess the problems faced by NRIs in filing the applications, said. According to the Indian Embassy website, people can submit applications along with documentary proof of Indian citizenship and send prescribed fee in local currency, equivalent to Indian Rs 10 in cheque or demand draft. However, "they need to send the fee directly to public authority here in India for which the process is quiet vague. Also there is no provision of audio-video conferencing facility in case of first and second appeals," Batra said. "From abroad, payment in India in Rupees for RTI Fee is a cumbersome process, especially when different modes of payment and amount being prescribed and accepted by Centre, State Governments and other Public Authorities like Courts. "In Uttar Pradesh, one has to apply and paste treasury stamp for getting copy of State Information Commission's order. How can a person travel all the way from America to paste stamp and get the information?", he asked. Source : CIC frames new rules for RTI applications from abroad
  10. As reported on thaindian.com on 04 November 2008: NRIs demand access to information back home under RTI NRIs demand access to information back home under RTI New Delhi, Nov 4 (IANS) Non resident Indians in the US have demanded that they be allowed access to information related to public authorities back home under the Right to Information Act (RTI). NRIs have appealed to the Central Information Commission (CIC) to direct Indian missions abroad to provide information related to public authorities back home under the act. The request from NRIs comes at a time when the country is taking stock of the problems in implementing the RTI Act in the last three years. “The biggest problem we are facing is that the Indian embassy in the US accepts applications related to the embassy but returns RTI applications related to public authorities in India,” said Arun Gopalan, an RTI activist in the US and member of Association of India’s Development, at the CIC’s annual convention here. “I have filed several RTI applications to public authorities in India through the Indian embassy in Washington in the last one year and am still awaiting a reply,” added Gopalan, a software programmer in Maryland. The RTI Act, 2005, does not provide NRIs access to any information related to public authorities in India and they can only seek information related to Indian embassies in their respective countries. The CIC had issued an order in 2007 bringing the Indian embassies abroad under the purview of the RTI Act. Vishal Kudchadkar, a software engineer from Los Angeles, who had filed an RTI application requesting information regarding the decision of the embassy not to forward RTI applications, said: “I hope the CIC will instruct the Indian embassy to forward RTI applications to other public authorities.” According to NRIs, they are unable to participate in the transparency and accountability movement that promises to improve governance in India. “The issue is debatable, as under the RTI Act embassies abroad are only authorised to provide information related to them,” a CIC official said.
  11. Hi There... This is my first thread in this forum.Thank you all for maintaining such an useful forum. I joined company A in 2001 in and contributed PF.I resigned and joined B in Jan,2005 and transferred the PF to B.I was sent to Singapore by B in Feb,2005.I joined company C in 2007 in Singapore and continuing here. So , from Jan,2005 there was no PF contributed by me. I want to withdraw the PF now.Can someone please highlight how can I do it.Also please let me know if there is a time-frame before which i should act on PF once it's discontinued for sometime. Thanks in advance, Prasanta .
  12. Hi RTI experts, Whether NRIs can put a RTI application?? How?? Cheers, Jagan
  13. As reported by Manoj Mitta of TNN in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 12 July 2008: Seeking information under RTI a tough task for NRIs-Indians Abroad-The Times of India Seeking information under RTI a tough task for NRIs NEW DELHI: It had first claimed that Indian missions abroad did not come at all under the purview of RTI. And now, making access more difficult for NRIs, the Indian embassy in US has been refusing to entertain RTI applications that did not pertain to information held by it. This is despite an express provision, section 6(3) of the RTI Act, stating that if the subject matter of an application addressed to one public authority actually relates to another, then the former has to transfer it to the latter within five days. The mission in Washington admitted under RTI about a month ago that in 31 of the 45 queries received till then, the NRIs had been "advised to send their applications directly" to the public authorities based in India. The queries sought information on diverse public interest issues such as Narmada project, Nandigram, Dow Chemicals and Bhopal gas tragedy. Though section 6(3) contains no such condition, the embassy announced on its website that NRIs could send their applications to it "only when the subject matter can reasonably be presumed to pertain to the embassy." Disclaiming its statutory obligation to transfer such queries, the embassy said it would not entertain applications where "the information required obviously does not pertain to the embassy." When one of the NRIs asked it under RTI to disclose the file notings that led to the website statement, all that the embassy said was, "The information contained in the website was created by the public information officer (PIO) with the approval of the government of India." On the application filed by NRI Vishal Kudchadkar, the embassy also declined to provide the list of cases in which the applicants had been told to send their application directly to the public authorities in India. It said the disclosure of the list would violate the applicant's "privacy." The ground cited by the embassy for withholding information on the applicants flies in the face of the transparency maintained by the independent appellate body in New Delhi, Central Information Commission (CIC), which lists all its decisions on its website along with the names and addresses of the applicants. But NRIs are aggrieved with the conduct of CIC too. For, despite repeated reminders, the complaints sent by them to CIC all the way from US have not even been acknowledged, let alone being listed for hearing. Though Preeti Sampat, for instance, filed her complaint against the embassy way back on February 17, CIC has so far not sent any acknowledgement of it. Sampat's complaint is gathering dust although it brings out more evidence of the embassy's cavalier approach to RTI. On an application related to the Narmada project, the embassy's PIO first replied that the information was not available with it. When the applicant raised the section 6(3) argument in his first appeal, it was again the PIO who responded (instead of the designated appellate authority in the embassy) and he said that the transfer provision was not applicable since "an explicit request to do so" had not been made in the RTI application.
  14. Bribes paid for getting International Drivers Permit and passports HYDERABAD: A survey conducted by the Association for India’s Development (AID) among the Non Resident Indian delegates who attended the just concluded Telugu Association of North America (TANA) conference revealed that 81 per cent of them had paid bribes at various stages in India. A booth set up by the AID at TANA conference as part of its anti-corruption campaign highlighted the results of a survey conducted on July 7. The NRIs said they had bribed the authorities for getting International Drivers Permit and passports while leaving India. At the time of re-entering India, they had to pay bribes at the Customs and during their stay in India for getting land records. RTI Act A shocking feature of the survey was that 75 per cent of the NRIs at the TANA conference have not heard of the Right to Information (RTI) Act that increased transparency and accountability of governance in India. An NRI delegate highlighted how one of his family members suffered delay in payment of pension as he refused to pay bribe. But they were pleasantly surprised when the AID volunteers informed them that the RTI Act has been successfully used by common people in India to get pensions, ration cards etc without paying bribes. They informed the gathering that the Indian embassy in Washington DC has begun to accept RTI applications. Extracted from: The Hindu : Front Page : 81 per cent of NRIs paid bribes at various stages in India: survey
  15. Indian-Americans shocked by violence at Nandigram 16 November, 2007: Horrified and appalled by the recent spate of barbaric violence in Nandigram, close to 100 concerned NRIs, possibly in first ever such action, have filed a Right To Information application as a group, at the Indian Embassy in Washington DC, to find out about the truth behind Nandigram massacre and also to try to highlight the total apathy of the West Bengal Government to the tragic situation. Led by volunteers of Association for India's development (AID), the applicants demand, among other things, information on the number of people killed or injured in the current spate of violence since November 4; the number of police force deployed in the area; the actions taken by the government to restore peace, provide relief, rehabilitate the displaced villagers, and book the criminals who perpetrated the ghastly acts of violence and those who blocked the entry of media-persons and CRPF jawans in Nandigram; and the status of land-acquisition and the SEZ project in the area. "It is a sad day in our Indian democracy. Innocent people have died; so the truth must come out and the culprits should be punished," said Shreya Amin, a NRI living in New York City, who actively organized the community to file RTI applications. "The recent 'recapture' of villages by CPM party cadres who have no administrative jurisdiction is completely illegal and unconstitutional. It is appalling to see the Chief Minister of the state coming out in defense of such hooliganism with incendiary phrases as "paid back in the same coin". We hope our RTI application will bring to light the gross indifference of the West Bengal Government to the current situation by bringing out the actual numbers behind the stories", says an infuriated Somu Kumar, volunteer with AID AID has also issued a strong statement condemning this violence on this website (http://aidindia.org) INDOlink - News & Analysis: Indian-Americans shocked by violence at Nandigram
  16. New Delhi: On the basis of the information obtained under the RTI Act, a special court in Indore, directed state government to register a case of corruption, forgery and cheating against MP DGP. The information provided three months ago, led to a complaint alleging that Ex. DGP had filed a false certificate in order to obtain admission for his son in 2001, under 'NRI-sponsored quota' in an engineering college of MP. It led to a series of events, forcing government to take action against the DGP. June 9: On an RTI application filed by a journalist, the public information officer of Govindram Sakseria Institute of Technology and Schiece, registrar Mahipal Singh, said that a police officer's son, was given admission in 2001 under NRI-sponsored quota and, accordingly, he paid fees of $16,500 or its equivalent in rupees in five years. June 16: Responding to Kheriwal's second application seeking further information, On the basis of the two RTI replies obtained by Kheriwal, Mahesh Garg, a former BJP corporator, filed a complaint before Indore special judge, Akhilesh Pandya, for criminal proceedings against DGP.
  17. I just filed an RTI with the Indian Embassy to force it answer some nagging questions regarding its stubborn refusal to accept RTI applications meant for other departments within the Govt. of India. My earlier emails to the PIO / Appellate Authority seeking to clarify how NRIs could file RTI applications and pay the fees have not resulted in any response or even an acknowledgement of the receipt of such emails. I will keep the forum updated on the reply I receive. Here is a text of the letter:
  18. Abhinav Bohare

    Indian Americans can access India's RTI

    NOW Indian's exercise RTI ACT in USA Too Indian Americans can now access India's Right to Information Act, which allows them to question the Indian government's decisions and makes it mandatory for the government to disclose information pertaining to those decisions, reports India West newspaper. A U.S.-based non-profit organization, the Association for India's Development (AID), has long been involved in the campaign to extend the right to Indians living abroad. Indian consulates abroad came under the purview of the act after campaigning by AID volunteers to get the embassy in Washington to accept its Right to Information Act petition. Similar to the Freedom of Information Act in the United States, the 2005 statute is regarded as one of the most progressive laws passed in India. Now any Indian with a valid Indian passport can file a Right to Information application at the Indian Embassy. The fee is 24 cents and the response time should be within 35 days. One of the first requests filed in the United States has asked for information on Dow Chemicals as part of an ongoing campaign to force the company to clean up the Bhopal plant where the Union Carbide gas leak occurred in 1984. HOWZ That....
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