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  1. Dear Sir / Medam, I Arnav Jagdishbhai Sorathiya From Rajkot (Gujarat). I Previously Known As Lakhan Jagdishbhai Sorathiya And I Change My Name In Government Of Gujarat Gazette Procedure. I Change My Name In My All Documents But I Can't Change My Name In My Birth Certificate And My S.S.C. And H.S.C. Mark sheet. Because Our Officers Tell Me It Can't Change In Whole Life. So I Am Very Confused. So Please Sir Tell Me Legal Procedure Of Change My Name In My Birth Certificate And S.S.C. And H.S.C. Mark Sheet. Please Sir I Am Waiting For Your Answer. Yours Faithfully, ARNAV J. SORATHIYA RAJKOT (GUJARAT)
  2. Those safeguarding your right to information are now daggers drawn over their own rights. In a letter written to Punjab chief information commissioner Swaran Singh Channi, state information commissioner Surinder Awasthi has accused the former of “allocating most important departments to himself and being extra-generous in granting prayers of bureaucrats and police officials”. Read more at: Info commissioner accuses chief of ‘generosity’ to Punjab officers

    Hounding clean officers

    Dear Editor, It is indeed irony of ‘federal structural of constitution’ where centre is a mute spectator of freedom available to political boss in a state namely UP to openly threaten a dutiful police-officer for multiple reasons like recording dying declaration of a journalist burnt alive, exposing mining mafia and his wife being an RTI activist exposing irregularities and scams in the state. Not only this, officer of Indian Police Service (IPS) was charged with allegation of rape and suspended involving even his wife as collaborator in the rape. While the deceased journalist was character-assassinated, yet the absconding minister named in dying declaration was hurriedly given clean chit.Read more at; Hounding clean officers - Kashmir Times
  4. Denial of post retirement benefits Srinagar July 8: As State Forest Corporation (SFC) failed to provide information under RTI Act , about the payment of post retirement benefits which includes 6th pay commission arrears and DA to some of its employees , the State Information Commission (SIC) taking this matter seriously has now issued penalty show cause notices against two officers of the corporation who were held responsible to concealing the said information. Details available with Early Times reveal that one Hafiz Zahoor Jan, a resident of Alamdar colony Rawalpora filed an application under Section 6 of the J&K RTI Act, 2009 before the PIO, J&K, State Forest Corporation (SFC) on 12-11-2014, wherein he sought name and designation of the officers who were paid 6th pay commission arrears. The RTI applicant also sought name and designation of the officers who were paid D.A. arrears. The then PIO, JKSFC, Manzoor Ahmad Ahangar while invoking Section 5(4)(5) of the J&K RTI Act, 2009 sought assistance from Director Finance, J&K State Forest Corporation and Chief General Manager (Adm), J&K State Forest Corporation vide letter dated: 20-11-2014. In response to this communication, Chief General Manager (Adm), SFC vide letter dated: 26-11- 2014 informed the PIO that information so sought does not pertain to Administration Section. Read more at: Early Times: Leading Newspaper Jammu Kashmir, Latest News about Jammu & Kashmir
  5. BrihanMumbai Municipal Corp spent the amount by appointing officers as OSDs and consultants after their retirement. Some were even given extension without permission from the government, reveals reply received by Anil Galgali, under the RTI Act Read at: BMC spent Rs1.70 crore on hiring retired officers as OSDs, consultants - Moneylife
  6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rejected a proposal to set up statutory public grievance commissions at the Centre and states to hear appeals from people whose complaints to the government had remained unheard, or unresolved. Instead, the prime minister’s office (PMO) wants the responsibility to be passed on to information commissions set up under the RTI act or a new ombudsman created by an executive order rather than a law. RTI activists oppose the move to burden the information commissions with hearing public grievances too. Read at: CIC officers to play dual role?
  7. In what could be termed as a major step towards ensuring proper response to RTI queries under the RTI Act, the State Government has issued a circular warning that improper replies by public information officers could invite penal action, including imprisonment for 5 years. Read more at: GO to Make Information Officers More Accountable - The New Indian Express
  8. Dear All, The undersigned filed a application under RTI Act 2005 before Chief Minister office seeking information about then Hon'ble Chief Minister of Haryana wrote to Hon'ble Prime Minister of India requesting for extension of Mr Maheshwar Dayal, IPS, Tamil Nadu Cadre, at present in Haryana for three years; If yes, then kindly provide me the copy of inputs which led Hon'ble Chief Minister to believe that Mr Maheshwar Dayal has an expertise in these fields. As there was no Public Information Officer & First Appellate Authority under RTI Act 2005 in CM office, PSCM office and as such the information was delayed for long. The undersigned filed second appeal before Hon'ble State Information Commission under Section 19(3) of RTI Act 2005. In a significant decision while disposing of undersigned appeal, the Hon'ble CIC under Section 25(5) of RTI Act 2005, has directed the Chief Secretary to appoint PIO & FAA in each of following offices: 1)Chief Minister Residence, 2) Office of Private Sectary to C M, (PSCM) 3) Additional Private Secretary to CM and (APSCM-I) 4) Additional Private Secretary to CM and (APSCM-I) 5) Chief Minister Complaint Cell, 6) All OSD to Chief Minister This is a big leap for making even highest office of State transparent & accountable. Now any citizen with Rs 50/- can seek information about their working of CM office, CM residence, Office of PS/APS to CM, OSD/s & Grievance Cell of C M. Chief Minister of Haryana office & working is going to be transparent. Good times for transparency. Thanks for your time, Yours truly, SIC order on CM office.pdf rti application.pdf

    Corrupt officers of CBI

    PTI. 16 officers of CBI charged with corruption in last 3 years says Government. Read more at; 16 CBI Officers Charged with Corruption in Last 3-Year, Says Government
  10. The agency is facing criticism for providing information on allegations of corruption, in-house or cases probed by it, even though it is under statutory obligation to provide such records under the RTI Act despite being in the list of exempted organisations. Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46529939.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
  11. Angry over missing Govt file, Bombay High Court directs FIR against officers MUMBAI: Observing that information under Right to Information Act (RTI) cannot be denied to a citizen, the Bombay High Court has directed Deputy Secretary of Urban Development Department in Maharashtra to register an FIR against officers responsible for a 'missing' file. A division bench of the HC further directed that after filing the FIR, the investigation must be completed within six months and it should be headed by an officer not below the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police. Justices Abhay Oka and A S Gadkari imposed costs of Rs 15,000 on the State Government for the lapse on part of officers which led to a UDD file going 'missing' as a result information under RTI Act couldn't be provided to an advocate. "The case in hand is a classic example as to how the Government officers protecting their fellow officers tend to frustrate the basic intention of the legislature behind the enactment of the Right to Information Act, 2005," said the Judges in their order on Friday. The HC was hearing a petition filed by Sangli-based advocate Vivek Vishnupant Kulkarni, who is also an office- bearer of Swatantraya Veer Savarkar Pratishthan, a voluntary group which runs two schools having 1,600 students on rolls. The 58-year-old petitioner filed an application on September 5, 2008, with the Section and Information Officer of UDD seeking information under RTI in respect of a Government Resolution (GR) dated August 21, 1996. The resolution pertained to release of various lands in and around Sangli city in western Maharashtra which were acquired by the Government under the Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act, 1976. He sought information about the Government notings and other documents on the basis of which the GR was issued. By a communication dated September 22, 2008, the UDD Information Officer told Kulkarni the required information sought by him regarding file ULC/1089/2123//ULC-2 is not available on the Department's record and therefore, the said details cannot be furnished. In the same letter, the petitioner was also informed that some details sought by him is connected with the office of Deputy Collector and his application to that extent had been transferred to the said authority for further action. Being aggrieved by inaction of the Information Officer, the petitioner filed an appeal on November 27, 2008, before the Deputy Secretary of UDD. The Deputy Secretary asked the Information Officer to search the missing file and give the details sought by Kulkarni immediately. Read more at: Angry over missing Govt file, Bombay High Court directs FIR against officers - The Economic Times
  12. Hello, The medical officers working in public health were giving services to the community for all the 24 hrs.To render good medical practices & to serve the community I would like to know the job chart and duty hours of Govt Medical Officer working in Public Health [Primary Health Centres and Government Hospitals].
  13. Hello, Any facilities [ eg. no night duties,Voluntary retirement benefits] for Medical Officers over 50 years of age working in Government Hospitals and Primary Health Centres
  14. The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a notice to the state government and the state information commission over a plea by a right to information (RTI) activist, who said he was denied information about corrupt administrative officers. Read more at: High court notice to govt for denying corrupt officers' names under RTI
  15. Hello, A person working as a Reader in a University department comes under Group ‘A’ , 'B'/Class I or II Officer category of the All India Central and State Services or not.
  16. Shankar Patil, State Information Commissioner, slapped a fine on three officers in Bidar on Tuesday, for delay in furnishing information under the Right to Information Act. Read more at: Officers fined - The Hindu
  17. As per notification dated 23 May 2014, CIC will be appointing more retired Gvernment officers as "Consultants". The full notification can be read here: http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Advt/Engagement%20of%20Retired%20Consultants%20in%20CIC%20on%20Contract%20Basis.pdf
  18. also pls let me know who is the sanctioning authority for an officers post(group A) in the central government organisation(Civil/defence) info by RTI (Proposal put up for sanction of a particular post by the employer specifically in defence) or will this b treated as secret info? Sent from RTI INDIA Mobile App Sent from RTI INDIA Mobile App
  19. SIC no to making service books of 164 officers public The Madhya Pradesh State Information Commission has quashed the order of first appellate officer in which it was directed topublic information officer to provide free of charge information of service books of 164 officers and employees. Generally, the citizens make second (final) appeal to the Commission against appellate officer and public information officer. In a rare case, a public information officer lodges second appeal against the appellate officer.The Commission in its hearing by its commissioner Atmadeep accepted the appeal and rejected the order of the first appellate officer. The rejection of the order will lead to a stop on making personal information public of more than 150 officers and employees along with principal of Govt. Kamlaraja Girls PG Autonomous College, Gwalior. Read More: SIC no to making service books of 164 officers public - Free Press Journal
  20. also pls let me know who is the sanctioning authority for an officers post(group A) in the central government organisation(Civil/defence) info by RTI (Proposal put up for sanction of a particular post by the employer specifically in defence) or will this b treated as secret info?
  21. The government will come down heavily on officers who do not respond to applications seeking information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act regarding rural development work. 'We will not spare any officer found erring when it comes to giving information under the RTI Act,' Minister for Rural Development Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said here Wednesday. 'Such officials will go to jail.' The minister's comments came when it was pointed out to him that a politician-bureaucrat-contractor nexus in Assam was harassing people who sought information on rural development work under the RTI Act. He was addressing a press conference on his ministry's ongoing projects in Assam. When told that most of the District Rural Development Authority (DRDA) offices in Assam have got the reputation of being corrupt, the minister said, 'Whenever such cases come to our notice, we will take strict action against the officers concerned. We are also launching awareness campaigns in rural areas so that people know their rights.' To another question on contractors taking up work under the Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), a government-housing scheme for people below the poverty line, he said, 'There is no provision whatsoever for IAY work to be allocated to contractors. Strict action will be taken against anybody found doing so.' He clarified that, under this scheme, the money goes straight to the beneficiary's bank account and there is no scope for middlemen to swindle money. 'Each family gets Rs.22,000 under IAY, and in the hill areas, the amount is Rs.27,000,' he added. Singh also stated that, to ensure transparency in rural development work at the grassroots level, the government is giving special attention to village level vigilance committees. 'Village level vigilance committees are being constituted and they are being imparted training so that corruption is totally eradicated,' he said. India eNews - Officers denying information under RTI can be jailed
  22. NEW DELHI: In an attempt to ensure "fearless" disclosure of information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has suggested to the Centre that information officers of all "public authorities" be considered as officers of the Commission. "Just as vigilance officers in government departments who, though working in the department, are considered also to be officials of the Central Vigilance Commission ... the PIOs (Public Information Officers) of public authorities should be considered as officers of Central Information Commission...," the CIC said in its first annual report. The report, recently placed in the Parliament, made the suggestion after noting that some PIOs have expressed a fear that divulging information, under the RTI, was against the wishes of their seniors and could result into adverse remarks being made in their Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs). "It is obvious that Public Information Officers (PIOs) have a difficult task to fulfil ... they are often caught between the wrath and reluctance of their seniors in having to part with information and the insistence of the CIC that they do their duty," the report said. Noting that such fears could have an adverse bearing on the effective implementation of the RTI Act, the Commission proposed that ACRs of PIOs should be written by Information Commissioners, either in the Centre or in the states, so as to enable them to work "objectively and fearlessly". The 2005-2006 annual report has also brought into light the Commission's frustration on being deprived of powers to ensure strict implementation of its decisions. Source : ET 14 Oct, 2007
  23. Information officers to reply to all RTI pleas: CIC New Delhi, Dec 05: The Central Information Commission has said that every designated information officer is duty- bound to reply within a stipulated time period to all the queries made by citizens. The order came in the case of State Bank of Saurashtra -- an associate bank of country`s largest lender Sbi, the information officer of which denied reply to an RTI plea made by one Mohammed Rasulbhai saying that it was not necessary to respond to queries made by every citizen. The officer also failed to reply to notices issued by the CIC, the order stated. "It is noticed the public authority is not performing their role as per the RTI Act... The CPIO`s reply stating it was not necessary to reply all citizens letters, and the bank has kept the discretion to reply to letters written by citizens is not acceptable," information commissioner Padma Balasubramanian said in a recent order. The cic has issued a show-cause notice to the officer asking as to why he was non-compliant towards his duties under the transparency law. In the present case, the applicant had sought details pertaining to a property taken on lease by the bank from a person. The matter was brought before the CIC after the bank denied the information stating that the details were held by it in a fiduciary capacity. The bank caught the ire of the commission after it failed to reply to notice issued by it, as also the CPIO`s failure to appear during the hearing. Zee News - Information officers to reply to all RTI pleas: CIC
  24. Revenue Officers top most-corrupt list Hyderabad: Revenue officials, particularly those dealing with land records, topped the ‘most corrupt list’ in the state going by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) cases in 2007. The government watchdog unearthed assets worth Rs 58.3 crore from government servants in 2007, which was Rs 12 crore more than the previous year. “Department wise, revenue officials are the one who were caught most in our traps while accepting bribe. Of 166 found guilty, 62 are from the revenue department,” directorgeneral (ACB) R R Girish Kumar told reporters here on Monday. Of the 62 officials, 51 dealt with land records like MROs and deputy tahsildars and the victims or the complainants were poor farmers who approached the officials for pahani or mutation records or registration or transfer records. “Going by this, there is an urgent need of taking up land reforms in the state,” he said. Apart from the trap cases, 10 officials of the revenue department were caught with alleged disproportionate assets. Next in the line of corrupt officials were the police. Twelve police officials were trapped while seven others were found in possession of disproportionate assets. Officials who were caught by the ACB range from SI to SP level. Of the SP-level official, Visakhapatnam rural SP J G Murali was caught, while in the city, a DSP-level official B Mahender Reddy (Asifnagar ACP) and Task Force inspector K Ramachandran were in the dock for accepting bribes. Girish Kumar said it is difficult to unearth disproportionate assets as the corrupt invest on ‘benami’ names in neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. “It is impossible to trap every corrupt official in the over 14 lakh state government officials. We can catch only one out of every 2,000 corrupt officials,” Girish Kumar said. The DG said 10-15 per cent officials were honest, while an equal per cent were corrupt to the core. “The remaining 60 to 70 per cent of the government employees react to their environment and turn corrupt,” he added. Even as the director-general ACB claimed there was an increase in trap cases, unearthing of disproportionate assets and number of convictions, the corruption ‘rate’ too had gone up in the past decade. In 1998, the average bribe amount in AP was Rs 1,984 while it touched Rs 4,902 in 2003 and presently it is Rs 15,000. With regard to disproportionate assets, the average in 1998 was Rs 14 lakh, in 2003 Rs 50 lakh and in 2007 it is at Rs 75 lakh. ACB proposes three-pronged strategy to fight corruption: The state government on Monday accepted the proposals submitted by the director general, Anti-Corruption Bureau, R R Girish Kumar to fight corruption in the state. In order to combat corruption, Girish Kumar had mooted a three-pronged strategy like simplifying the rules and procedures, ensuring transparency and effective implementation of the provisions of right to Information Act. TNN Welcome
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