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rti activism: Maharashtra: Denied information on Ajit Pawar's I-T returns, former CIC moves high court
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaReported by Anahita Mukharji in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Oct.18, 2013 Denied information on Ajit Pawar's I-T returns, former CIC moves high court - The Times of India Denied information on Ajit Pawar's I-T returns, former CIC moves high court MUMBAI: In a possible first for the country, former central information commissioner (CIC)Shailesh Gandhi has moved the Bombay high court after he was refused information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act on deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar's income-tax returns. Gandhi hopes to set a precedent for public servants disclosing I-T returns. "There is a general belief that politicians and elected representatives are corrupt and amass wealth at the expense of the public. There is also a common belief that I-T authorities do not check the returns of those who are elected with their declared affidavits filed at the time of standing for elections. If this is true, citizens will act as monitors and help correct such practices. But if citizens' apprehensions are not true, it would enhance the trust and respect for the elected representative, which is necessary for a healthy democracy," says Gandhi's petition, adding that this would also improve citizens' trust in the income-tax department. Gandhi was denied the information by the I-T department's public information officer. He appealed against the decision under the RTI Act, but the information was denied by both the first appellate authority and the CIC. Gandhi has now filed a writ petition in the high court against this decision. Gandhi, who was involved in framing the RTI Act, was denied the information on grounds that it was of a private nature. The former CIC, however, argued that the section under which he was denied information does not apply to Ajit's I-T returns. Information was denied under Section 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act, which exempts personal information from being disclosed to the public to protect the individual's privacy. Gandhi said the exemption does not apply as there is a larger public interest in the disclosure of I-T details of elected representatives, which cannot be considered an invasion of privacy. "Even if it was claimed that there is some harm which could accrue to Ajit by disclosing his income, it is a fact that he has to publicly declare his assets when he stands for election. It would not be possible to argue that any further harm could accrue to him by disclosing his IT returns and balance sheets," says the petition. Despite several attempts, TOI was unable to contact Ajit for comment.
Sajib Nandi posted a topic in RTI in MediaIt was a routine RTI application — seeking information on the castes included in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) or the Baxi Panch list, and reservation benefits. This information should have been provided by the office of the Commission for Other Backward Classes without a hitch. But the applicant, Maulik Shrimali, was startled to find a reply from the secretary of the commission in which Shrimali was asked to provide the details of his caste and the reason why he sought the information. This letter, dated May 26, was written by R V Chavda. Read more at: RTI applicant seeks OBC info, asked to reveal caste - The Times of India
Srinagar, May 25 : The Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of J&K State Information Commission G R Sufi has directed District & Sessions Court Baramulla to reveal a 60 -year- old information to an information seeker under State Right to Information Act (J&K RTI Act 2009). The CIC has taken a strong note of non compliance of section 4 (1) (b) of State RTI Act by the District & Sessions Court Baramulla as the court (public authority) has failed to digitize its court records from the last 6 years since the RTI Act 2009 is enforced in J&K State. Details available with Early Times reveal that a 2nd appeal was filed by one Abdul Ahad Bhat, a resident of Raram Tangmarg against District & Session Judge, Baramulla (PIO). Showkat Hussain, Administrative Officer in the office of District & Session Judge, Baramulla and the appellant attended the hearing before Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) G R Sufi of State Information Commission (SIC). Brief facts of the case are that the appellant filed an RTI application before PIO office of the District & Session Judge, Baramulla on 13-02-2014, seeking copies of Parcha-Decree , Tasfia nama related to case titled Rahim & Mohammad and Ali & Khaliq v/s Gaffar Mir S/o Razak Mir R/o Rarem Tangmarg district Baramulla. The case was filed before Sub Judge Baramulla in the year 1956 and the decision was announced in November 1959. PIO District and Sessions Court Baramulla passed an order on 13-03-2014. On item 1 of information, PIO has been unable to give information as the appellant had not given specific particulars of the case, neither date of institution or date of decision was given. Similarly on point 2, information was denied by the PIO on the plea that information being as old as 58 years and as no exact date has been given, hence it was not possible to provide information. The facts of the other items of information are also same, i.e., details like no. and nature of the case / decision was not given. Read at: Reveal 60- year old Info under RTI - Early Times Newspaper Jammu Kashmir
Social activist Aruna Roy has called for greater reliance on the Right to Information (RTI) Act as a potent tool to reveal misgovernance and to make people aware of their rights. Read at: tool to reveal misgovernance - The Hindu
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaLUCKNOW: What's in a name! The adage does not hold true for Mithlesh Kumari and her namesake for whom their name has created an identity crisis. The issue is so big that one of them has now sought information under RTI to establish her identity as the owner of a 60-bigha piece of land. Read at: RTI to reveal who owns land claimed by two women of same name - The Times of India
akhilesh yadav posted a topic in RTI in MediaSrinagar, Jan 18 (KNS): In yet another discrepancy in central sponsored scheme Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the RTI (Right to Information) details have revealed huge sums have been released for different works in the block which allegedly does not exist on ground in Sultapora area of Wagoora in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. According to the RTI details which are in possession of KNS, the applicant Ashiq Hussain Bhat of Sultanpora sought information regarding work done in the area and funds released for the same which according to him have discrepancies. The RTI applicant alleged that the funds have been released for different works “but the work doesn’t exist on ground.” Read at: RTI details reveal discrepancies in MGNREGA works in Wagoora, claims applicant - Kashmir News Service
Helloo everyone, There are some government ration shops in and around my locality and i have heard a lot of complaints regarding them as they sell the ration which is given by government for the poor to the private shops.Sugar,Kerosene,Dal all these are sold to pvt shops at a higher rates instead of giving them to the ration card holders.This is done on a larger scale and is a big scam.I have twice complained to the Local authority regarding this issue but i think they all are attached to the ration mafia by some means.So i want to know how with the help of RTI can i reveal this scam of the ration shops. I believe that the ration shops owner give false information to the Government authority regarding its distribution. Soo please tell me how can i reveal this with use of RTI Thanking you alll