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Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 14 January 2010 NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission has sought legal advice for disclosing information on cases related to human rights violations by personnel of paramilitary forces under the RTI Act. Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah told PTI that "number of these (human rights violations) cases have come to our notice. We are seeking legal advice on the matter and it will be decided soon by a full bench of the Commission." According to the second schedule of the Right to Information Act Act 2005, intelligence and security agencies established by the Central Government including the paramilitary forces have been kept outside its ambit. However, the information related to the allegations of corruption and human rights violations can be given. The disclosure of information about human rights violations is made after getting nod of the CIC within 45 days. Section 24 (1) of the Act reads, "... in the case of information sought for is in respect of allegations of violation of human rights, the information shall only be provided after the approval of the Central Information Commission, and notwithstanding anything contained in Section seven, such information shall be provided within forty-five days from the date of the receipt of request." Source: CIC seeks legal opinion for disclosing info on HR violations - India - The Times of India
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported by Ritu Sarin at www.indianexpress.com on 2 Aug 2009 The Ministry of Personnel and Training (DoPT) last week initiated moves to bring investigating agencies, paramilitary forces and police departments under the ambit of the 2005 Right to Information Act (RTI). Several organisations—that now figure in the list of 18 exempted from RTI disclosures in Schedule 2 of the RTI Act—have received an official intimation from the DoPT about their likely inclusion and have been asked to reply with their objections, if any. The investigating agencies on the list of proposed inclusions are the Enforcement Directorate, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, the Central Economic Intelligence Bureau and the Narcotics Control Bureau. While these agencies had so far enjoyed immunity from RTI disclosure, the Central Bureau of Investigation, has all along been covered under the RTI. The paramilitary forces that have been informed about the move include the Border Security Force, the National Security Guards and the Indo Tibetan Border Force. DoPT officials explained that at recent review meetings conducted on the subject, it was made very clear that RTI exemptions should be reserved strictly for intelligence agencies. “The final list of organisations set to lose their exemption will be decided at a Secretary-level meeting to be convened shortly,” an official maintained. Source: Investigating agencies, paramilitary forces to lose cover from RTI
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported by thaindian.com on january 9,2008 Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) Human rights violations by paramilitary forces have almost doubled in the last five years, the home ministry has acknowledged in response to a Right to Information (RTI) Act query. In response to queries filed under the RTI Act, it was revealed that the total number of human rights violations in 2003-04 were 95 which increased to 180 by 2007-08. Providing the information, an official of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) told IANS: “The data is not maintained force wise (in the paramilitary) or gender wise. But there has been an increase in the violations. In 2006-07 there were 173 violations, which increased to 180 as recorded on Jan 1, 2008″. The violations have been of various kinds. Arbitrary use of power, abduction or kidnapping, rape, abuse of power, custodial death, custodial rape, custodial torture, death in shootout, fake shootout and illegal detention are some of them. As per the latest data, the maximum number of violations, 52, have been of arbitrary use of power. Twenty one cases of death in firing and 10 cases of fake shootouts are the other two most often committed violations in 2007-08. “In all there have been 591 cases of human rights violations by the paramilitary forces in the last five years. NHRC has taken cognizance of five cases and has recommended a compensation amount of Rs.750,000,” the NHRC official said. On their part, in 2007-08 the paramilitary forces have disposed of 56 complaints alleging human rights violations. They closed 15 cases after considering reports received from the concerned authorities and rejected 68 more. In all, over the past five years, the paramilitary forces have disposed of 93 cases after considering reports from concerned authorities, 228 with direction; 196 cases were dismissed without consideration and one has been transferred to the state human rights commission. Source : Human rights violations by paramilitary forces almost double