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MANOJ B. PATEL posted a topic in RTI in MediaAt a time when Lok Adalats are finding popularity with National Legal Services Authority (NLSA) having organised these from Supreme Court to Taluk Courts level, it is time to have some similar mechanism at Central Information Commission (CIC), where collegiums can be formed consisting of RTI-experts from civil society and former Central Information Commissioners can to assist CIC in fast disposal of about 40000 pending there. It is also necessary because extra-ordinary delayed information due to heavy backlog of cases at CIC justifies saying ‘Information Delayed is Information Denied’. Only such cases where petitioner/s and respondent/s are not satisfied with proceedings at such suggested collegiums, may then reach to concerned Central Information Commissioners for detailed hearing. Such collegiums can later also be utilised as RTI aid clinics for assisting members of public file RTI petitions like NLSA did by getting 2648 Village Legal Aid Clinics inaugurated by the then Chief Justice of India. Read more at; Clinics can fast clear backlog of RTI petitions at CIC - Kashmir Times
rti happenings: UP: ‘Repeal RTI Act instead of making mockery of it’: MA Zafar petitions the President
Sajib Nandi posted a topic in RTI in MediaMA Zafar, public relations officer of Meerut Cantt Board, has written a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee, pleading with him to repeal the Right To Information Act instead of "making a mockery of it". Read more at: ?Repeal RTI Act instead of making mockery of it? - The Times of India
Residents’ welfare activists have alleged government departments fail to acknowledge their Right to Information (RTI) applications. According to RTI activist V. Santhanam, to get an acknowledgement, people are forced to send the petition by registered post or speed post, which means they have to shell out an additional Rs. 30, at the least. Read more at: ?RTI petitions not replied to? - The Hindu
sidmis posted a topic in RTI in MediaThe repeated filing of applications under the Right To Information (RTI) Act on various issues by a retired Army official from Palakkad have irritated the State Information Commission (SIC) to the extent of it issuing an order to the Palakkad Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) not to accept RTI petitions from anyone from the district and ordered to send them directly to the public authority concerned or the commission. That the order is particularly targeted at Major (Rtd) P.M.Ravindran is evident from the fact that it mentions his name as “one example in point”. He has filed scores of RTI applications, mostly on the performance of the SIC, the latest being the one seeking information on the expenses incurred for an SIC sitting held in Palakkad. As per Section 6 (3) of the RTI Act public information officers in district headquarters concerned have to receive applications under the RTI Act and forward them to the respective public authority. The State Government has entrusted the RDOs to receive RTI pleas and transfer them to the departments concerned. Legal experts say that the SIC order is against the RTI Act. “Under the RTI Act, the SIC is not authorised to issue orders like this. This can be challenged in the High Court. But at the same time, there should be provisions to deal with what is called ‘vexatious litigants’. When the Central Information Commission convened a meeting of all the SICs last month, it was proposed to bring an amendment to deal with those who overuse the RTI Act. But in this case, the argument that the person is a vexatious litigant cannot be raised as an alibi to justify this unlawful order,” said advocate D.B.Binu. He said that the SIC can only implement the Act and cannot meddle with its provisions. “Even courts cannot act against the provisions of a piece of legislation. This order should be opposed as it will have an impact on the positive use of RTI Act,” said advocate M.R.Hariraj. When contacted, State Chief Information Commissioner Palat Mohandas was more scathing in his remarks against Ravindran. “He has become a nuisance. He doesn’t know anything about the RTI Act though he acts as an apostle of it. Who is he to dictate terms to us?”, said Mohandas. Asked about the order, he said that he can comment on it only after checking it. B F Firos KOCHI: Sunday November 11 2007 Newindpress.com
Thursday, January 4, 2007 (Noida): Noida's residents have joined in the campaign for justice in the serial killings. They have filed ten Right to Information petitions hoping to speed up investigations. "It is no good that people are just angry. They need to come out and file RTIs," said Lokesh Batra, resident, Noida. Batra says that as a resident of Noida he was only too aware of Nithari's growing number of missing children. But like many other residents, all he could do was watch. However, now he says he's had enough. On Thursday he and several other residents filed for information under the RTI Act, asking the Noida police, civic authorities and even the National Commission for Women what action they had taken to prevent the tragedy. "We have asked the irrigation department as to when they had cleaned the drains," Batra said. "If they had cleaned them earlier the bones may have been found and perhaps the culprits could have been caught earlier," he added. RTI has been used effectively to challenge governments and the police. Citizens of Noida, angry and anguished over the killings in Nithari, are now using the RTI to try and get answers on why it took the deaths of so many innocents before the police came into action. Under the Right to Information public authorities have to reply within one month. Moreover, the residents say that they may then use the information to take the authorities to court. Noida killings: Residents file RTI petitions - NDTV.com - News on Noida killings: Residents file RTI petitions