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  1. The disability sector is annoyed with the patronising and condescending term 'divyang' (those with divine body parts) labelled on them without consultation by the PM and Ministry of Social Justice. While introducing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill in Lok Sabha, Union Minister Mr Gehlot stated that only one or two states objected on the usage of divyang, rest approved. However, this statement was strongly refuted by the RTI activist Dr Satendra Singh in Youth Ki Awaaz as he himself filed RTIs to PMO Office and Social Justice Ministry on this issue. As per his data, Out of the total 36 states and union territories combined (29 States, 7 UT), only 23 responded. Delhi, Bihar were neutral but Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya, and Assam rejected the usage of the term ‘divyang‘. Moreover, disability sector was not consulted on this terminology as his other RTI revealed that only 6 NGOs were consulted throughout India (5 of them Delhi-based), out of which only one responded. The issue highlights how the Govt ignored the voices of disabled community to impose a word of choice of a PM who happens to be non-disabled. Source: Did Thawar Chand Gehlot Lie About Support For 'Divyang' In Parliament?
  2. in the parliament , for the benifit of the honourable MP's a subsidised canteen is being by the government where you can get wonderful dishes for the cost of a ciggarette packet or a big match box.please see the rates below. 1. SOUP-Rs.5.50/- 2.Biryani- Rs.8/- 3.Dosa - Rs.4/ 4.Chapathi-Rs 1/- 5.Meals- Rs.2/ 6.Tea - Rs.1/- 7. Chicken curry- Rs 24.50/- 8.Fish curry- Rs.13/- our respected MP's get more than 2-2.5lakhs per month as pay and perks . with this type of rates they dont know how the common man is suffering and with what rate he is getting tea , two chapathi's and plate meals. this may be the reason as one of the respected planning commission bigman told sometime back that in towns one can get good meals at Rs.27/- and in cities at Rs. 37/-. why cant the government give such food rates in the cities and towns so that nobody will cry about raising prices and there is no need to increase the dear allowance to the employees often. MEMBERS TO PLEASE THINKOVER AND POST THEIR COMMENTS.
  3. NEW DELHI: Even as a part of Parliament shot up in flames on Sunday, the Delhi fire department had admitted that the building faced serious fire hazard less than four months earlier. In response to an RTI query, the fire department said the Parliament building was last inspected in 2013 when several shortcomings were found. The response prompted the Central Information Commission to pull up the department and seek remedial action. Read at: CIC alert failed to wake up authorities - The Times of India
  4. akhilesh yadav

    Constitution meet on August 26

    Constitution meet on August 26 Reported by thehindu.com on August 24, 2012 The Hindu : NATIONAL / KERALA : Constitution meet on August 26 A national constitution meet and the M.K. Nambyar memorial lecture will be organised by the National Constitution Club at Thalassery on August 26. K. Sankaranarayanan, Maharashtra Governor, will inaugurate the meet, which will be presided over by T. Asaf Ali, Director-General of Prosecution. Justice V. Khalid, former Supreme Court Judge, will speak. At the M.K. Nambyar memorial lecture in the succeeding session, P.P. Rao, senior advocate of the Supreme Court, will deliver the keynote address on ‘freedom of press and new challenges’. Former High Court Judge R. Basant will speak on ‘scope of enacting law by Parliament empowering district courts to exercise writ jurisdiction as envisaged under Article 32 (3) of the constitution of India’. In the afternoon session, a Right to Information (RTI) knowledge meet will be inaugurated by State Information Commissioner M.N. Gunavardhanan.
  5. As reported at deccanherald.com on 8 May 2011 At a time when even the Supreme court judges have put details of their assets and wealth online, the two houses of parliament have ruled out publishing such details of its members online. In reply to a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Rajya Sabha's ethics committee said it was felt that since details of assets and liabilities of members can be availed by anyone after written permission from the Rajya Sabha chairman, uploading could be avoided. “It was the considered view of the committee that since any person could ask for the information of the Register (of Declaration of Assets and Liabilities), there appears no need to place the same on the website," committee director Sunita Sekaran said. She was replying to a RTI application filed by activist S.C. Aggarwal, who had asked for information on the steps taken by the union government for the declaration of wealth of members of legislature and judiciary on government website. In its reply, the Lok Sabha secretariat said that no steps were taken by it for uploading the assets and liabilities on its website."Lok Sabha Secretariat maintains information pertaining to assets and liabilities of members of Lok Sabha as required under the provisions of Representation of the People Act, 1951 and Members of Lok Sabha (Declaration of Assets and Liabilities) Rules, 2004,” said Lok Sabha information cell under secretary Savita Sharma
  6. Amar Singh tapes accessible, says CIC as reported by K.P. Narayana Kumar and Malathi Nayak in Live Mint Information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi agreed with Bhushan and said that “any information held by the government could be sought by RTI applicants” New Delhi: The Delhi Police will have to make public contents of the taped, two-year-old phone conversations Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh had with government officials if such information is sought through the Right to Information (RTI) Act, top policymakers and a civil rights lawyer said on Tuesday. The tapes of Singh’s conversations with some Bollywood stars, government officials and others, which were allegedly intercepted by some private detectives, had raised a political storm in early 2006 after excerpts were aired on television channels and reproduced in print. Talking point: Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh. Vijay Mathur / ReutersIn February 2006, the Supreme Court had stayed the publication or display by electronic and print media of “the unauthorizedly and illegally recorded telephone tapped versions of any person”. That was in response to a petition filed by Singh, who sought a judicial inquiry into the alleged tapping of his phone. On Tuesday, chief information commissioner (CIC) Wajahat Habibullah said any taped conversation Singh may have had with any government employee would fall under the purview of the RTI Act. “Any conversation between an individual and government employees is in the public domain and, therefore, should rightfully be made available to any RTI applicant who wants to know about those conversations,” Habibullah said on the sidelines of an annual seminar on the RTI Act. But any personal conversation could be kept out of the purview of the RTI, he added. The matter came up after civil rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan, during his talk at the conference on the RTI Act’s impact on an individual’s right to privacy, said the tapes can be sought under the legislation. “Any conversation that he (Singh) may have had with government officers can be disclosed,” Bhushan said. However, the applicants would have to address the RTI application to the Delhi Police, which had investigated the matter, he added. Singh wasn’t immediately available for comment. Information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi agreed with Bhushan and said that “any information held by the government could be sought by RTI applicants”. “Of course, the respondents can choose to make objections on grounds of privacy or that the matter is under investigation,” he added. Amar Singh tapes accessible, says CIC - Economy and Politics - livemint.com
  7. sidmis

    The govt silence is killing

    The govt silence is killing as reported by Rakesh Bhatnagar : DNA, Sunday, October 26, 2008 For the past six years, parliament has been silent on the public interest disclosure (protection of informers) Act, 2002, that guarantees protection to public servants who disclose corruption or mal administration or negligence by the bureaucracy, including the council of ministers except the prime minister. The purpose of this proposed enactment was to strengthen the freedom of speech and right to information (RTI). It aims to encourage disclosure of information that’s privy to the bureaucracy alone and which refuses to reveal it under the immunity clause. Disgusted with the bureaucracy’s tenacity against helping in dealing with complaints invoking the RTI Act, the central information commission (CIC) recently warned that “denying information… would be detrimental to national efforts to promote free flow of information between citizens and the government”. “On the basis of what has been submitted by the government, it is inferred that there is a lack of accountability mechanisms insofar as the implementation of the RTI Act is concerned.” The Centre had examined the issue in 2002 amidst a countrywide debate on the need for enacting the whistle blowers Act. Around that time when the supreme court as also parliament were seized of the Vohra Committee’s findings on criminalisation of politics that the Union government kept to its chest for many years, the law commission also felt the need for a law to protect informers. Certain directions by the supreme court relating to the right to be informed were of fundamental importance on the subject of exposure of corrupt officers. “If the law permits furnishing of information regarding corruption past, present or impending and gives protection to informants from reprisals unless the disclosure is proved to be malicious, such a law can play a very useful role,” the commission opined. It’s an irony that though various governments swear to “zero tolerance” for corruption, they lack the will and drive to pass the 2006 Bill that covers allegations regarding “mal-administration”. DNA - India - The govt silence is killing - Daily News & Analysis
  8. RTI activists demand sting tapes be made public AS Reported by Himanshi Dhawan, 25 Jul 2008, TNN RTI activists hope to use public pressure to demand an independent inquiry into the cash-for-votes scandal. "On Tuesday, politicians put Parliament up for sale. Can we afford to be mute spectators?" asked Kejriwal. "Rather than order any inquiry, which is conducted in-camera or in secrecy, we request you to order an inquiry which is thorough and is done in a completely transparent manner. It should be conducted by people of unimpeachable integrity," the appeal said. The intervention by the NGOs comes even as the BJP leadership was still working on the draft of an FIR the party plans to file with the police on the Rs 1 crore which its three MPs - Ashok Argal, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora - claim was offered to them as "advance" for switching sides. The MPs claim they were offered a total of Rs 9 crore. "We don't want to take any chances in the case, the investigation into which should logically reach right up to those at the top of the UPA heap," said a source familiar with discussions on the issue in the party. The information rights activists and others in the group have demanded a copy of the tapes submitted by a major news channel which collaborated with the MPs on the ''sting''. The matter looks set to become an additional issue in the escalating tug-of-war between UPA and NDA. While BJP leaders feel that the tapes have enough evidence to warrant the prosecution of the bribe givers - "the agent as well as the principal for whom he was working" - SP general secretary Amar Singh has denied any wrongdoing. On Thursday, he alleged a plot to malign him and the Congress leadership and claimed that Sandeep Saxena, the purported bribe-giver in the tape, did not work for him. Significantly, the NGOs who have addressed their appeal to Speaker Somnath Chatterjee also sought to play up his image as upholder of transparency, as they appealed to him to accept their plea. "We hope that you will not reject our application by invoking some exemption clause in RTI Act. RTI Act says that none of the exemption clauses would apply if there was a larger public interest involved. It is not the image of a few MPs or some political parties which is at stake. Today, it is the faith of the people in Indian Parliament and its members which is at stake. Can there be a bigger public interest?" they asked. The RTI queries have also sought to know what kind of inquiry has been ordered, details of its terms and conditions and the names of the members of the inquiry committee. They have also demanded to know what action will be taken on the alleged horse trading. RTI activists demand sting tapes be made public-India-The Times of India
  9. Hi friends, While applying exemption u/s 8(1)(j) I came across the proviso which says that information that cannot be denied to Parliament or a State Legislature cannot be denied to an applicant. Can anybody please throw some light on information that can be denied to Parliament or Legislature? Thanks and regards. ramkyc
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