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  1. As reported at ptinews.com on 31 July, 2009 New Delhi, Jul 31 (PTI) The Central Information Commission has ruled that political parties are not covered under the Right to Information Act. Dismissing a petition of an RTI applicant, the CIC said political parties could not be covered under the Act just because they are provided government subsidies like premises at prime locations and free airtime for media broadcast during elections among others. "Even under Section 2 (h) (of the RTI Act) simply concessions provided to any private agency by Government cannot be construed as that agency being owned, controlled or substantially financed directly or indirectly by funds provided by Government," Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said while rejecting a petition filed by RTI applicant Balwant Singh Khera. Khera who hails from Hoshiarpur in Punjab has sought some information from 12 political parties including Congress, BJP, CPI, CPM among others but did not got any answer from them. Source: fullstory
  2. Hello, Friends I would to write an RTI application to Election commission of India regarding change of councillors to another political party without consulting the voters who voted them, i need you help to add what kind of question to election commission to get a detailed answer.
  3. MUMBAI: The number of functional Fast Track Courts hearing corruption cases against politicians has come down to almost half at 815 since 2000, an RTI query has revealed. Read more at: Fast track courts trying corruption cases against politicians down to 815 since 2000: RTI - The Economic Times Fast track courts trying corruption cases against politicians down to 815 since 2000: RTI - The Economic Times
  4. D.T.RATHAVA

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  5. It is reassuring for the nation to know that the highest executive functionary of the land considers himself to be bound or controlled by the Right to Information Act. But it is disconcerting that six national political parties, including the one which has chosen the Prime Minister and of which he is undoubtedly the most powerful leader, continue to blatantly defy a decision of the full bench of the Central Information Commission, the highest statutory authority for implementing the RTI Act, holding the six national political parties to be public authorities under the statute. Read more at: Scroll.in - News. Politics. Culture.
  6. Liquor seizures by Delhi Police went up during the recent Delhi Assembly polls as compared to the previous election that was held merely 14 months earlier even though the amount of cash seized saw a steep fall. As per the information revealed in an RTI query filed by a Mumbai-based activist, Anil Galgali, Delhi cops seized Rs 1.76 crore meant to be distributed among voters in December, 2013. Read at: Liquor seizure surged during Delhi assembly polls, but cash haul saw decline | The Financial Express
  7. Commissions are political playthings India's governing structure allows for statutory bodies or commissions to monitor implementation of laws, safeguard the rights of vulnerable sections of society and suggest new legislation. These commissions are supposed to act as watchdogs and give expert opinions while looking into systemic issues. Yet, Tamil Nadu's politics and governance style -governments with massive electoral man dates and headed by powerful personalities - seems to allow little space for strong commissions acting independently. These commissions are intended to improve the quality of governance. But, barring a few exceptions, they have merely served the purpose of being sine cures for party functionaries in Tamil Nadu. Many commissions are dormant, and some haven't submitted their annual reports in years. But nearly each of these commissions has a model in other states that can be emulated. Among the worst hit are bodies for the welfare of women, children and transgenders. Despite the tag of a progressive state, Tamil Nadu does not have a commission for SCSTs. "None of the commissions in the state has experts in that particular field," said V Suresh, general secretary of People's Union for Civil Liberties. Gnani Sankaran, writer and journalist, said most bodies are just an extension of the government in the state. "They are not independent enough to express their views or to oppose the wrong policy decisions of the government. Most commissions in TN are toothless and functioning for namesake," he said. The State Commission for Women is headed by 91-year-old Visalakshi Nedunchezhian, who was the organising secretary of AIADMK. "The commission has not initiated public hearings or campaigns at the state and district level. It has not tabled annual reports in the assembly for several years," said U Vasuki, national vice president of All India Democratic Women's Association, who commends the work of V Vasanthi Devi, a former chairperson of the women's commission. "Devi intervened in several issues and made the commission more visible since she was not a political nominee." Visalakshi said that her work speaks more than her age. "We have been receiving more than 1,500 cases every year. We have provided counselling and we attend to petitions. We have asked for funds to set up a website," she said. In yet another political appointment, Saraswathi Rangasami, who was an AIADMK party functionary for south Chennai, was made the chairperson of State Commission for protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) after the high court flayed the government for delays in constituting a child rights panel. "The present chairperson had no qualification for this post except that she was an office-bearer of the ruling party. Other members in the SCPCR were also appointed through a non-transparent system of selection. Not a penny out of Rs 37 lakh that was allocated to SCPCR for year 2012-13 has been spent. For the subsequent two years too, the meager funds that were allocated for its functioning are yet to be utilized," said child rights activist A Narayanan and director of the NGO, Change India. An official in the child rights panel said: "We have only three staff members against the required 25. There are no funds to create awareness campaigns," he said. The information commission is yet another victim of blatant political manipulation. In 2012, the AIADMK government appointed five state information commissioners including former AIADMK MP V Saroja, former AIADMK women wing joint secretary B Neelambikai and retired police officer Christopher Nelson. Nelson was part of the team of police officers involved in the sensational midnight arrest of DMK chief M Karunanidhi in June 2001. The shoddy handling of commissions may well be pointers to the lack of genuine democratic space in the state. "There is no talk about Right to Service Act, Lok Ayukta, Special Courts Act and fast tracking of cases of crimes against women and children. The present government does not believe in empowering people. The number of beneficiaries of freebies has increased at the cost of long-term development and empowerment," said D Jagadheeswaran, general secretary of Tamil Nadu state unit of Lok Satta Party. Read More: Commissions are political playthings - The Times of India
  8. Dear Experts, The undersigned wants the opinion of the learned esteemed members of this August Forum about who has the jurisdiction of deciding regional political parties as public authority such as INLD, Haryana & Haryana Jan Hit Congress???? I had filed a RTI application before the INLD (Indian National Lok Dal) Haryana on 18th June 2013 seeking information under RTI Act 2005. The ILND did not provide any information. Filed Complaint under Section 18 of RTI Act 2005 to declare INLD, Haryana as a public authority under RTI Act 2005 by giving and proving a) it being substantially financed, b) doing public function and c) created and granted recognition by Government. The SIC vide its order forwarded to CIC by stating that since it is created with the recognition of Election Commission of India and as such the appropriate government is Central Government thus making it to be under CIC jurisdiction. (Copy Enclosed) The CIC, true to its style returned the forwarded Complaint of undersigned back to me informing that SIC, Haryana has the jurisdiction. (Copy of communication enclosed) Now, where do I go to get these political parties made accountable as far as RTI Act 2005 is concerned? Which Commission has the jurisdiction? Indian_National_Lok_Dal_CIC0001.pdf
  9. This article has been posted at our #LawSegment . To read the full article follow this link: People’s have right to know the policy on political publicity and to subscribe to our daily mailer follow this link Join our free Right to Information Newsletter. In a significant decision, Commission has asked the Chief Secretary of Delhi and Union Cabinet Secretary to disclose their policy on usage of photos of political leaders on various kinds of advertisements issued by state at the cost of tax… Read more › The law segment is available here RTI INDIA - Invoking Your Rights Read the complete article here...
  10. Hello, I want to get the information regarding Politicians which were declared during 2014 elections from all parties in andhrapradesh
  11. SIC’s notice to Political Parties [h=3]CM has failed to stick to his words[/h] Last week the J&K State Information Commission (SIC) issued notices to some political parties including National Conference asking them to clear their stand as to why they shouldn’t be brought under the ambit of J&K Right to Information Act. These notices were issued after some Jammu based RTI activists had filed a complaint under section 15 of J&K RTI Act 2009 in the State Information Commission (SIC) as they were not provided information under RTI by some renowned political parties of the state. The RTI activists had sought details under JK RTI Act 2009 about donations received by National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Congress, Panthers Party and BJP. Out of these political parties, PDP was the only political party which had responded to the RTI query and others had chosen to remain mum over the said issue. The aggrieved information seekers finally knocked the doors of SIC which has now sought the counter reply from NC, Congress, Panthers Party and BJP. Background: On June 3rd 2013 the Central Information Commission (CIC) had declared many national political parties as “Public Authorities”. A Full Bench of the Commission headed by the then Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra held six parties -- Congress, BJP, CPI(M), CPI, NCP and BSP -- to whom RTI queries were directed, fulfill the criteria of being public authorities under the Right to Information Act. Considered to be one the landmark judgments, the Central Information Commission (CIC) had ruled that political parties come within the ambit of the Right to Information Act. As the CIC’s order had send shock waves within various political parties including Congress and BJP , on 12th August 2013 the Congress Party tabled RTI Amendment Bill 2013 in Lok Sabha to keep political parties out of RTI ambit. The Bill was deferred to the Winter Session of Parliament on September 3rd 2013 and on December 17, 2013 the Rajya Sabha Standing Committee on Law and Personnel tabled its report in the Parliament which reads as: "The committee considers the proposed amendment is a right step to address the issue once and for all. The committee, therefore, recommends for passing of the Bill". With this observation the CIC’s order got scuttled as the amendment would apply retrospectively i.e., from June 3rd 2013 , the date on which the CIC had issued the judgment declaring political parties as Public Authorities and bringing them under the provisions of the RTI law. Read More: SIC s notice to Political Parties Lastupdate:- Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:30:00 GMT GreaterKashmir.com
  12. Mumbai University to start certificate course on RTI Perhaps a first in India, the department of civics and politics at Mumbai University is set to start a six month certificate course on RTI Act, to empower those struggling to learn its use. The course, likely to start from January 2015, aims at targeting social activists, journalists, bureaucrats and members of civil society, to ensure more effective use of the tool. "The idea has been conceived recently and we are still working on its extensive details. An expert committee will soon be formed to workout the syllabus and other details of the course," said Dr Surrendra Jondhale, HoD of civics and politics, Mumbai University. The department in collaboration with NGOs like Mahiti Adhikar Manch is organising a convention, "Western India Convention on Right to Information" on June 7 and 8. The convention aims at discussing every aspect related to the Act. "In the past eight years ever since the inception of the RTI Act, 40 RTI activists have been killed and 150 injured. We have been demanding a need for a special fast-track court for all such individuals, who were attacked or killed for raising their voice. At the end of this convention, we want to finalise a list of resolutions and demands that will strengthen the use of this Act," said Bhaskar Prabhu, convener of Mahiti Adhikar Manch. Read More: Mumbai University to start certificate course on RTI | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
  13. Perhaps a first in India, the department of civics and politics at Mumbai University is set to start a six month certificate course on RTI Act, to empower those struggling to learn its use. The course, likely to start from January 2015, aims at targeting social activists, journalists, bureaucrats and members of civil society, to ensure more effective use of the tool. "The idea has been conceived recently and we are still working on its extensive details. An expert committee will soon be formed to workout the syllabus and other details of the course," said Dr Surrendra Jondhale, HoD of civics and politics, Mumbai University. The department in collaboration with NGOs like Mahiti Adhikar Manch is organising a convention, "Western India Convention on Right to Information" on June 7 and 8. The convention aims at discussing every aspect related to the Act. "In the past eight years ever since the inception of the RTI Act, 40 RTI activists have been killed and 150 injured. We have been demanding a need for a special fast-track court for all such individuals, who were attacked or killed for raising their voice. At the end of this convention, we want to finalise a list of resolutions and demands that will strengthen the use of this Act," said Bhaskar Prabhu, convener of Mahiti Adhikar Manch. Read more: Mumbai University to start certificate course on RTI | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
  14. The BJP released it's election manifesto. What is in store for Right to Information and corruption? The Election Manifesto states that "Corruption: BJP has said that to eliminate the scope of corruption, it will emphasise on technology enabled e-Governance. Apart from that public awareness, policy-driven governance and simplification of the tax regime have also been cited as solutions to the problem of corruption." "Open Government and Accountable Administration: Administrative reforms will be a priority for the BJP, the manifesto claims. The measures will include; digitization of government records, opening up government to draw expertise from the industry, academia and society into the services. BJP said that the hallmarks of its governance model would be; People-centric, Policy driven, Time bound delivery, Minimum Government, Maximum Governance. " If BJP comes to power, these fundamental emphasis on "Corruption elimination by use of technology" & "Digitization of Government Records", shall go a long way in strengthening Right to Information in India. However, I could not find a specific chapter or even mention of Right to Information this manifesto, where as the BJP Election Menifesto of 1998 had an elaborate chapter on 'Right to Information', Read that here!
  15. As reported in expressbuzz.com on 06 Dec 2011: HC: Appoint information commissioners soon | AP high court | | The New Indian Express HC: Appoint information commissioners soon HYDERABAD: In a landmark judgement by the AP High Court over a petition filed by RTI activist G Bhargavi, the state government has been ordered to appoint commissioners to the State Information Commission within four weeks. Talking on behalf of the petitioner, her counsel advocate DB Rao said the petition was filed on December 1 and the court understood the urgency to fill the posts which have been lying vacant since November 17, 2010. “The office of the Chief Information Commission is a multi-member body but for the past one year it has been operating with just one chief information commissioner. This has lead to an increased number of pending cases,” said Rao. Interestingly, the High Courts of Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Uttaranchal had already passed judgements in the past one year seeking immediate appointment of information commissioners in the respective states. But while this helped create a ripple effect with even Rajasthan filling the vacant posts, the AP government decided to sleep on the issue. “Bhargavi had earlier requested the chief minister, special chief secretary as well as the governor for the same but everyone had some excuse or other to avoid the appointment procedure,” added Rao. He also mentioned in wake of the noconfidence motion being passed in the Parliament, there was a provision for the existing governor to appoint the required information commissioners with recommendation from the chief secretary.
  16. The CIC has ruled that 6 national political parties are under RTI. Full order is attached to this post. Political Parties under RTI.pdf
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  18. Hi i would like to enquire about our local Mandal Praja Parishad ( M.P.P) properties and assests before and after his political career. it is possible to request for this infromation with RTI ? can someon please help me to locate the concerned department name for PIO. your help is greatly appriciated. thank you. Kind regards Mr. Nandyala
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  20. As reported by Gopu Mohan at indianexpress.com on Aug 27 2011 Chennai : What can power do to a political party’s financial health? Quite a lot, it seems. An RTI query by a Chennai-based activist shows that the income of India’s longest-ruling national party, the Indian National Congress, increased from Rs 69.55 crore in 2002-03 to a whopping Rs 467.57 crore in 2010-11. Documents accessed by activist V Gopalakrishnan show that the jump is even more evident when figures from 2003-04 are compared with the next financial year, 2004-05 — the period when the UPA-I assumed power at the Centre. The Congress’s income during this period grew from Rs 61.49 crore to Rs 153.03 crore, a 150 per cent growth in just one year. Again, from Rs 220.82 crore in 2008-09, its total income rose to 496.87 crore in 2009-10 — more than double — a period during which it fought and won a second general election. The voluminous income tax documents show that in the last financial year, the party received Rs 95.90 crore as donations and Rs 326.71 crore as collection from sale of coupons, besides money received as rent, interest on deposits, membership fees and application fees. The list of donors include a number of infrastructure firms, including those involved in construction, power generation, cement, telecommunications, chemicals, engineering, coal, vehicle manufacturing and at least one media holding company. Sterlite Industries, belonging to Vedanta Group, whose project is facing problems in Orissa, is also among the donors. The list also includes individual donors, starting from party president Sonia Gandhi (who donated Rs 79,068 by way of two cheques of UCO Bank, New Delhi); and including Sachin Pilot (Rs 60,000); K Rahman Khan (Rs 24,000); M S Gill (Rs 32,000), Oscar Fernandes (Rs 23,000); Prithviraj Chavan (Rs 24,000); and S M Krishna (Rs 38,500) among others. Curiously, there are big ticket donations by electoral trusts, the addresses of which indicate that these belong to Indian industry behemoths. Incidentally, one of the donors, an NRI businessman named Sunny Varkey, received Padma Shri award in 2009, a year after he had contributed Rs 1 crore through a bank in Bangalore.
  21. Namaskar! Thru this forum and others, we wish to propagate for resources being focused towards creating awareness camps for CONTRACTORS/BIDDERS on the procedures right thro Application, review, complaints, reasons of rejections, time limit, etc. Like our routine Driving licenses or any other application that we make, we are often prevented from knowing that we have the right to know why our application is rejected or delayed. Once the Contractors / Bidders know of all the procedures and appeals avenues, they too will be themselves fighting the Politicians and under them, the Officers (initially forced and subsequently self indulgent). Please throw your view point and above - so far, mostly individuals/end users post the events, have become active, but above could, slowly but surely pave way of reduction and probably eventually elimination of the corruption at the nip. Regards.
  22. Tax returns of political parties can be made public By T. N. Pandey in the Hindu ----------------------------------------------------------------------- The only way a citizen can gain access to the details of funding of political parties is through their income-tax returns filed annually with the I-T authorities. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Section 13A of the Income-Tax Act, 1961 is a special provision relating to income of political parties, which mean parties registered under Section 29A of the Representation of People Act, 1951 (RPA), vide this section, income of political parties from (i) house properties; (ii) income from other sources; (iii) capital gains; and (iv) income by way of voluntary contributions received from any person, are exempt from income-tax provided: Such political parties keep and maintain books of accounts and other documents as would enable the assessing officer (AO) to properly deduce income therefrom; For voluntary contributions, in excess of Rs 20,000, the political parties maintain a record of such contributions with the name and address of the contributors, who have made the contributions; The accounts of such parties are audited by chartered accountants. The exemption gets forfeited if a political party fails to submit a report under Section 29C(3) of the RPA for a financial year. Demand under RIA The Right to Information Act (RIA) is applicable in respect of public authorities established, owned or substantially financed by the Central Government, the State Governments, Union Territories, including panchayats, municipalities and other local bodies. It extends to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir. The I-T Department is certainly a department of the Central Government and, therefore, comes within the purview of the RIA. According to Section 2(j) of the RIA, 'right to information' means the right to information accessible under the Act, which is held by or under the control of any public authority and, inter alia, includes taking notes, extracts, or certified copies of documents and records available with the specified authorities. Income-tax returns would fall in this category, where right of inspection or asking for certified copies can be exercised. Section 8 of the RIA enumerates situations where exemption can be claimed in respect of the information in the possession of an authority on an application made to it under the provisions of the RIA. Returns of political parties Can exemption be claimed by the I-T Department with regard to returns filed by the political parties? This issue came in for the consideration of the Central Information Commission (CIC) in the Ms Anumeha, C/o Association for Democratic Reforms vs Chief CIT (CIC/AT/A-200701029, 01263 TO 1270 dated April 29, 08) case (reported in Vol.-12, Part-I of Corporate Professionals Today of May 1-15, 2008). In the application filed under the RIA, the argument for getting the information was that since political parties exercise power, transparency in their organisation, functions and, more particularly, their means of funding is a democratic imperative and, therefore, it is in public interest that the income-tax returns of political parties, insofar as they contain funding details, should be disclosed. This view has been accepted by the Commission. The view expressed by the Commission is that the laws of the land do not make it mandatory for political parties to disclose the sources of their funding, and even less so the manner of expending those funds. In the absence of such laws, the only way a citizen can gain access to the details of funding of political parties is through their income-tax returns filed annually with the I-T authorities. This is about the closest political parties get to accounting for the sources and the extent of their funding and expenditure. There is unmistakable public interest in knowing these funding details, which would enable citizens to make an informed choice about the political parties to vote for. The RIA emphasises that "democracy requires an informed citizen" and that transparency of information is vital to flawless functioning of constitutional democracy. It can be nobody's case that while all organs of the state must exhibit maximum transparency, no such obligation attaches to political parties. Given that political parties exercise power, transparency in their organisation, functions and, more particularly, their means of funding, is essential and, therefore, is public interest. However, a safeguard has been provided in the matter of furnishing the information. Though the I-T returns of political parties regarding the funding details are liable for disclosure, there should be no disclosure of PAN of such parties in view of possibility of fraudulent use of such disclosure. (The author is a former chairman of CBDT.) The Hindu Business Line : Tax returns of political parties can be made public
  23. Under RTI, do we have the right to ask for a record of criminal charges against our representatives?Is it likely that we are going to get the right information for such a query?
  24. Akhila Kovvuri

    How RTI can help us........

    True that RTI has helped in getting information about passport status etc. But it shouldn't be limited to that. RTI can help not only an individual, but the entire society. For eg: The Adarsh scam was exposed due to RTI We have to make use of this act to find out the effectiveness of various governmental organisations such as government schools, hospitals etc.If the funtioning is found to be faulty, it should be made public through media for press is probably the most effective change-bringer. Though we are a democracy, what is quite sad is that once the elections are over, politicians don't bother to pay attention to our views.The decision our representive takes might not be what the majority of the people in her/his constituency wants.But do we, as citizens, fight against this, Most probably not because most of us dont have the time to and even don't know how to. So, to keep a watch on these politicos and their ever-growing appetite for our money,RTI is the right vehicle. Just the fact that we have such a right won't make any change.We, as proud citizens of this country, have to put it to use.
  25. As reported by Himanshi Dhavan at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 14 January 2011 NEW DELHI: The Election Commission believes fraudulent political parties are being floated to launder money which finds its way into the stock market and is also used to buy jewellery, but has little to do with electoral campaigning or any other political expenses. It says tax evasion and dubious donations could be behind a high number of defunct political parties. The commission says only 16% or 200 of 1,200 registered parties are actually involved in political activities. Most of the other parties are floated to park money illegally as donations to exploit the tax exemptions enjoyed by registered political outfits. Although not all inactive parties are dodgy, several instances of cash transfers ranging from Rs 15-30 lakh, have been detected by the commission which, it feels, were for non-political purposes. Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi told TOI, " We have repeatedly written to the government about defunct political parties asking for powers to strike them off the rolls." He said the commission had proof about party funds being "channelled into the stock market and also used to purchase jewellery." But little has been done to check fraudulent parties. Documents accessed through the RTI Act show the EC has been raising the alarm over a rise in dud parties since 2006." The then CEC N Gopalaswami had in a letter to the PM expressed concern over donations collected by political parties. "The commission has reason to believe there could be something more than what meets the eye in these donations," he said in a communication on July 31, 2006. The letter said, "Recently the commission has come across many cases of little known unrecognized political parties receiving donations running into lakhs of rupees, many times in cash, from individuals and companies." The commission had also asked finance ministry and the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to examine the accounts of some parties. RTI documents, accessed by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), shows two registered unrecognized political parties — Parmarth Party and Rashtriya Vikas Party — received cash and came under scrutiny. On March 3, 2006 EC secretary K F Wilfred asked CBDT to scrutinize the transactions. Parmarth Party received Rs 15 lakh in just one transfer in 2004 while Rashtriya Vikas Party received two "donations" of Rs 75 lakh and Rs 50 lakh from one company within two months.
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