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  1. I have received information from the PIO and being the information which was disclosed under Large Public Interest, Can I share RTI response in Social Media? Do I need to take permission from the PIO / FAA or the CIC?
  2. Can a RTI be filed against an online whatsapp social media group? If yes, what is the procedure Sent from my Redmi Note 3 using RTI INDIA mobile app
  3. Vide decision No. CIC/DS/A/2011/004221 dated 24-08-2012, IC CIC has upheld that information posted on website of insurance company amounts to supply of information under RTI Act. I attach the order and invite reference to my blog at http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/blogs/jps50/3342-information-websites-under-rti-act-2005.html. I have decided to give a feed-back to concerned ICs on such decisions as an on-going process. I invite comments from our learned members, before writing to IC. WEBSITE UPHELD.pdf
  4. Dear Experts, Kindly enlighten whether Sulabh International Service Organization is a public authority under RTI Act 2005? Looking for your views/comments/guidance. harinder dhingra
  5. Sajib Nandi

    OK with Social Media comments!

    Reported by Aravind in Andhrawishesh.com on February 04, 2015 OK with Social Media comments! | Section 66A IT Act | Supreme Court | Additional Solicitor General | Freedom Of Speech And Expression | OK With Social Media Comments! | Andhrawishesh.com The Centre on Tuesday said to the Supreme Court that Facebook and other social media comments on certain issues relating to public interest are not offence under section 66A of IT Act as the comments are related to freedom of speech and expression. This is a significant move by the Central government at the time when 'objectionable comments' are increasing everyday in the social media platforms. In the recent past, the Supreme Court was hit by many PILs challenging the constitutional validity of the section 66A under IT Act which relates to the objectionable comments in social media and this allows the cyber crime police to arrest the concerned person whoever makes controversial comments but this comes under freedom of speech and expression. The Supreme Court has asked the Centre's opinion on this issue and Additional Solicitor General who appeared before the court on behalf of the government said, “Section 66A, which uses expressions like causing annoyance, inconvenience etc, essentially and intends to deal with such cyber crimes and has no relation with freedom of speech and expression.” The Centre is also heard to have set up a panel for suggestions protecting the freedom of speech provision and preventing its misuse. In the past there were few incidents where the police have arrested Facebook and other social media users for questioning certain issues and controversial postings.
  6. Hello, I want to information about the persons who get loan of bufalow from Haryana Social Welfare Department. Jind - Haryana from May 2014 to Dec. 2014.
  7. Dear sir I want to get details of fund spent by sarpanch on various schemes in village . How & where to apply RTI? village panchayat - obra ,tehsil loharu , distt bhiwani haryana
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. We are the charity organisation and our work is social and welfare. We are working in the field of education, health,environment, sports etc etc at Rural and Urban areas. omhtc bhubaneswar odisha
  11. We have started this new threat for the Social Audit of Central Information Commissions and various State Information Commissions in a Proforma and to send the same to concerned Information Commission / Commissioner. I think various comments on the final order will force to Information Commissions / Commissioners to take a linen view for his future orders. I have submitted a copy of Social Audit to SIC Punjab for his order dated 4-3-2013 (AC-61 of 2012), copy enclosed for the reference of the Hon'ble member of this Forum. A blank proforma is also enclosed which may used by any member to send the same to concerned Information Commission / Commissioner either through e-mail or through post / courier. SIC Punjab - AC-61 of 2012 dt. 04-03-2013.pdf Relief sought in 2nd Appeal to SIC Punjab.pdf SIC Pb. Final Order Dt. 4-3-2013.doc Social Audit - Blank Proforma.doc
  12. I am a critics writer specially write on social issues, politics and love to enlightening lives by my writing.
  13. Raiding pubs, bars for overcrowding is illegal AS reported by Urvashi Seth in mid-day.com on Nov 7, 2012 Raiding pubs, bars for overcrowding is illegal It appears that reply given by the city police’s Social Service Branch (SSB) to the RTI query filed by the Hotel and Restaurant Association — Western India (HRA-WI) might land its former chief Vasant Dhoble, now the ACP of Vakola Division, in yet another controversy. In its reply to the query filed by the HRA-WI members, seeking clarification on who can be charged for overcrowding, the SSB replied saying only those places that have a discotheque licence can be booked for overcrowding and that no other pubs or bars can be booked under this law. However, during Dhoble’s tenure, the SSB raided several pubs and charged owners for overcrowding. Owners of a few discotheques, who had relevant permits to accommodate more number of people on the dance floor, were booked as well. Former president HRA-WI Kamlesh Barot said, “Citing violation of terms and conditions mentioned on the premises licence, as per a rule framed in 1960, the police prosecuted around a dozen disco and pub owners for overcrowding and asked them to cough up fines. But what came as a surprise was many of these prosecutions don’t even fall under this law, as the owners do not have discotheque licence.” Replying to the query filed by HRA-WI member M A Sarela, who sought clarification over the number of persons allowed in a discotheque and how many persons are allowed in a pub, the Cell — X (Hotel Branch) said the number is fixed as to how many couples can dance within the area of one square meter on the dance floor in the establishment is fixed as per rules given in Development Control Rule, 1991 and this number is mentioned in the discotheque licence, but no such licence is issued for pubs by the branch. Similarly, no such rule is applicable for eateries or permit rooms. A pub owner, requesting anonymity, said, “Before taking up anybody’s case, the cops must first study their own rules. The RTI reply clearly states that there are no such rules for pubs or permit rooms, then why are we fined or punished for this. Even today, pub owners are forced to pay fines for overcrowding. I have already written to the hotel branch to clarify the rule. I have a disco with an area which is much more than 100 square feet and can accommodate 166 people, but the cops have stated in the licence that we can just accommodate 40 people, which is absolutely wrong.” The HRA-WI now plans to meet the chief minister to discuss the issue and request the government to abolish or reframe the outdated laws. “We will soon meet the CM and handover the RTI reply to him, and seek his help on these outdated laws,” said Barot. The other side When contacted, ACP Feroz Patel said, “I won’t be able to comment now as I am out.” DCP B G Shekhar (Enforcement) was unavailable for comment. Rs 5,500 Fine collected from pubs and discos owners for violating overcrowding law Did you know? The SSB has raided over 150 bars in the last few months. This not only led to an outrage amongst restaurant and bar owners, but even the common man. A campaign on social networking site Facebook called Dhoble: Oppressor of the Innocent Public has 21,113 members and counting. These members say the ACP is an oppressor. As per provisions in the Bombay Development Control Rules, 1991, the occupant load of 166.5 persons is shown for 100 sq m. Pubs booked for violating overcrowding law >> Royalty pub, Bandra >> Rehab pub, Khar >> Hawaiian Shack, Bandra >> Trilogy club, Santacruz
  14. Mukesh Rathod


    Dear all, How are you? I am very glad to join this community, Just a small introduction for my self, Realistic: Likes to get things done, practical, stable, results-oriented., Admits mistakes and Hard worker, I am very much interested on Society Acts, Process for redevelopment, Norms, rules, as well as current social & political issues. Thanks
  15. The social media conundrum: Govt issues guidelines Reported by Vicky Nanjappa in rediff.com on August 23, 2012 The social media conundrum: Govt issues guidelines - Rediff.com India News There has been a raging debate on the role social media, which got even more serious after the North-East exodus -- many sites were blocked and some Twitter handles were kept under suspension. After much deliberation the Department for Electronics and Information Technology has put out guidelines for the use of social media for governmental organisations. Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) including internet and mobile based communications are increasingly becoming pervasive and integral to day-to-day functioning of our lives - whether personal or official. ICTs offer an unprecedented opportunity of connecting to each and every individual and design the communication structure accordingly to each person. Such a structure can be defined and redefined by both initiator and receiver of communication. As social media demands 24x7 interactions, some responsiveness criteria may be defined and a dedicated team may be put in place to monitor and respond. There should be congruence between responses on social media and traditional media and relevant provisions of IT Act 2000 and RTI Act must be adhered to. The advent of social media is transforming the way people connect with each other and the manner in which information is shared and distributed. It is different from traditional media such as print, radio and television in two significant ways -- first, the amount of content that can be generated by the users themselves far exceeds the content generated by news/opinion makers, and second, its "viral" ability for potential exponential spread of information by word of mouth and interlinking of the various social media platforms, thereby considerably reducing the control over spread of any such information. Need for social media guidelines Given its characteristics to potentially give "voice to all", immediate outreach and 24x7 engagement, social media offers a unique opportunity to governments to engage with their stakeholders especially citizens in real time to make policy making citizen centric. Many governments across the world as well as many government agencies in India [Images ] are using various social media platforms to reach out to citizens, businesses and experts to seek inputs into policy making, get feedback on service delivery, create community based programmes etc. However, many apprehensions remain, but are not limited to issues related to authorisation to speak on behalf of department/agency, technologies and platform to be used for communication, scope of engagement, creating synergies between different channels of communication, compliance with existing legislations etc. Guidelines for using social media by government organisations This section provides users in government organisations, a set of guiding principles that may be used while making use of social media. The section will illustrate through appropriate examples, some of the critical aspects of each element. Having defined the objectives, the next step is to identify platforms and phases in which such an engagement shall be undertaken at these platforms. While social networks currently seem to be the face of social media, they are not the only platform. Some of the other forms of social media include, social bookmarking site -- stumble upon; transaction based platforms -- Amazon & eBay; self publishing media -- You Tube, Picasa; Business management etc. Since the choices are many, it is essential to identify one or two key platforms from which the department may begin interaction. Based on objective and response, the basket of platforms may be enhanced. Government departments and agencies can engage social media in any of the following manner: By making use of any of the existing external platforms or by creating their own communication platforms. The choice of the platform –- whether owned or externally leveraged should be made based on the following factors: Duration of engagement - whether the engagement sought is to be an ongoing activity or created for a specific time --bound purpose. Type of consultation - whether the consultation is open to public or confined to a particular group of stakeholders eg. experts .Account creation:A social media account establishes an organisation's online identity. Wherever possible, the same name for the different social networking accounts may be adopted to ensure ease of search on the internet. Another important facet of online identity is the need for it to be rendered effectively in either long form e.g. website address or in 15 characters or less (this is the Twitter maximum). Login and passwords: Each new account requires a URL, user name and/or email address and a password. A proper record of login ids and password must be maintained. This is critical as multiple people may be authorised to post on behalf of the department. Account status: It is important to define whether the engagement may be undertaken through official accounts only or the officials may be permitted to use personal accounts too for posting official responses. It determines who says what on behalf of your organisation and in what form it is published. It also outlines how each piece of published information is presented where it is published. The most important aspect is whether the responses are in official or personal capacity. Responsiveness: This indicates how often would the pages/information be updated, in what manner responses would be posted, what would be the turnaround time of responses etc. The major attraction of social media is the spontaneity and immediacy of response and feedback and those visiting the site would expect the some kind of response within a pre-defined time limit. As far as possible, it is important to state upfront the scope of response – given/not given, type of response – official/unofficial, response time – 1 day/1 week etc. so that expectations are set correctly. Some of the ways to ensure timely response is email integration i.e email writing, list management, list building, proper lead direction so the right internal person takes actions on leads in a timely fashion and daily management/maintenance of social media platform messages, customer contacts, etc. While employees are free to post response in their personal capacity, it is mandatory that while they are doing so, they must clearly identify themselves, confidential information must not be divulged and should not be seen to represent "official view" unless authorised to do so. Another important aspect that needs to be addressed is the escalation mechanism. There has to be a defined hierarchy not only of responses but also of queries. For example, the comments and queries may be classified as routine -- for which a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) and Fixed Response Format (FRF) may be applied. The next level may be queries/comments related to projects/programme, for which no separate official response may be needed because all relevant information may be available in the public domain and the query may be responded accordingly. The next level of query/comment may be more specific where an "official" response may be needed. Such a categorisation will help organisations in streamlining their responses.Finally, there should be congruence between responses posted on social media and those in traditional media. Roles and responsibilities: The roles and responsibilities of the team responsible for creating, managing and responding on social media platforms must be clearly defined.In Indian context, they may also need to be aligned to roles and responsibilities defined for responding to RTIs.For most interactions, flexibility may be given to the staff to respond to regular queries or comments.Escalation mechanism defined in the governance structure must clearly define accountability at all levels.The role definition must not be limited just to responses, but also include responsibility for matters related maintenance of login ids and passwords, issues related to data security, archives, privacy, etc. For example, while the existing web content team may be assigned the responsibility for responding to usual queries; special technical expertise may be required to ensure appropriate levels of security. Accountability: Clearance systems that distinguish between situations when an official position is required, and when open conversation is appropriate. This has to have at its heart a redefinition of accountability. The officials designated for engagement with citizen using the social media should be covered under a well defined immunity provision in consonance with the RTI Act and the IT Act and the IT Amendment Act 2008.Content creation & social media profiles overlap, therefore sharing consistent content on all social media platforms should form the bedrock of content policy. While the social media tools allow everyone to become a creator, for the official account, content will have to be specified and tailored to the site on which it is being published. Accessibility: In order to enable wider participation, content creation and availability should be in Indian languages and must not be limited to text alone. The content should follow the government of India guidelines for website and adequately address challenges related to accessibility in Indian languages as well as accessibility of content for differently-abled. Moderation: A moderation policy should also be published if the platform permits others to add their own content; this informs people what they can post whilst protecting others who may visit your platform. The moderation policy should include matter related to copyright, rights to addition and deletion etc. Records Management: When any information is shared or guidance given online, it is necessary to ensure that all relevant records are captured, trail is generated and records are managed appropriately. It is important that the rules regarding record keeping are states upfront so that those seeking historical data are aware of statutes and limitations. Some of the important aspects that may be kept in mind while defining record management guidelines are as under: The requirements for existing legislations eg RTI etc. need to be kept in mind and are paramount in influencing decisions regarding record keeping. Ordinarily, if online consultations do not impact decision making, lead to or influence policy making (e.g. seeking information about nodal officers, or any other public document, or responding to generic comments such as governance should be improved etc.) the agencies may decide that no record of such interactions will be maintained. However, if consultations are necessarily being undertaken on specific policy or governance issues or that may influence decision making (e.g inputs into plan document, consultation on policy frameworks etc) then all necessary records need to be maintained. If the agency is using a social media site that does not facilitate record keeping, then there are various other options that may be explored. Some of the options are given below and may be exercised based on need and resources available: Records may be created agency's internal platform and records be maintained with appropriate tags eg. creator/sender, dates, posting site etc. Screenshots may be captured and stored in soft or hard (copy) format and filed at appropriate place. A summary may be created of the information/consultation and filed. Since most of the social media platforms are based outside India and are not governed by Indian laws, or managed and controlled by Indian regulations, specific policies may be drafted related to information security and archiving. If required the agencies may engage with the social media service providers to work out service level agreements for complaint and response mechanism between the agency and the service provider Legal provisions: In India, the legal implications must be viewed in accordance with the law of land eg. RTI Act, IT ACT 2000 & IT Amendment Act 2008 etc as also rules and regulations made thereunder. These policies must be circulated internally to ensure uniformity of response. Some of the key sections and their implications that must be kept in mind are as under: When government department provides such social media facilities on its network, receives, stores or transmits any particular electronic record on behalf of another person or provides any service with respect to that record, they become intermediary under Section 2(1)(w) of the amended Information Technology Act, 2000. Section 79 of the amended Information Technology Act, 2000, provides the broad principle that intermediaries like government departments providing social media facilities are generally not liable for third party data information or communication link made available by them. However, this exemption from liability can only be applicable if the said government department complies with various conditions of law as prescribed under Section 79 of the amended Information Technology Act, 2000. The said conditions which need to mandatorily complied with the government department to claim exemption for any third party data information or communication link made available or hosted by them in connection with social media facilities made available by the said department on their network are as follows: The function of the government department is limited to providing access to a communication system over which information made available by third parties is transmitted or temporarily stored; or hosted. Data & information security governance:The government's communication to citizens via social media should follow the same data retention policy as its communication through other electronic and non-electronic channels. Data portability compliance varies from one social media platform to another. Provisions related to Personal Information & Security:Under the Information Technology Act 2000, the Central government has enacted various rules and regulations which impact social media. Some of the most important in this regard are as follows: i. The Information Technology (reasonable security practices and procedures & sensitive personal data or information) Rules, 2011, define provisions for personal information and security and what constitutes sensitive personal data. Sensitive personal data or information of a person means such personal information which consists of information relating to; a. password; b. financial information such as bank account or credit card or debit card or other payment instrument details; c. physical, physiological and mental health condition; d. sexual orientation; e. medical records and history; f. Biometric information; g. any detail relating to the above clauses as provided to body corporate for providing service; and h. any of the information received under above clauses by body corporate for processing, stored or processed under lawful contract or otherwise; provided that, any information that is freely available or accessible in public domain or furnished under the Right to Information Act, 2005, or any other law for the time being in force shall not be regarded as sensitive personal data or information for the purposes of these rules. ii. For the purposes of protecting such sensitive personal data, the government has mandated that any legal entity who is processing, dealing or handling sensitive personal data must implement reasonable security practices and procedures. iii. The government further stipulates that ISO 27001 is one acceptable standard of reasonable security practices and procedures. Thus, all government rules for privacy and data collection. While social networking enables greater transparency, it is equally important to ensure the protection of people from exposure to inappropriate or offensive material. Since profiles on social network are linked more often to individuals and not organisations, for the organisation's site/page, a separate work profile may be created which can then be linked to a general email address that is accessible to anyone in the team, enabling them to administer the social networks without compromising on individual privacy. Providing official email ids and accounts to each and every government official authorised to engage on behalf of the department and permit use of only official accounts for engagement. However, while applying the above, The Information Technology (reasonable security practices and procedures & sensitive personal data or information) Rules, 2011 stated in the preceding paragraphs above must be complied with. The relevant sections of the Information Technology Act 2000 are placed in Annexure III for ready reference. In addition, the users may refer to any other relevant legislations, provisions and rules notified. Communication Strategy:Some of key aspects of communication strategy include – integration of Social Media into routine, connection with existing networks, sharing content across sites and publicising use of social networking through traditional media.Social media can only be used by the government to communicate existing government information and propagate official policy to the public.While the social media tools allow everyone to become a creator, for the official account, content will have to be specified and tailored to the site on which it is being published.Since social media are relatively new forms of communication, it is always better to test efficiency and efficacy of such an initiative with a pilot project. Some of principles of creating such a pilot are given below: Focused objective setting: Initiate interaction for a limited objective or limited to one topic. Begin small: It is always better to start small and it is advisable to begin with one or two platforms. Multiplicity of access: The chosen platform should typically permit inputs from or linkages through multiple access devices. This will ensure wider participation. Content Management: It is not enough just register presence on a variety of platforms. It is essential that content provided is topical and up to date. Community Creation: On any social media platform, creation of a community is essential to generate buzz and sustain interaction.A detailed guideline on creation and sustenance of community building is placed at Annexure IV. Engagement analysisSocial media monitoring must be an integral part of any social media strategy. Social media data is different from other data or information because organisations have no control over its creation or dissemination on the Web and in order to understand and analyse the data a structure has to be imposed externally on it. Today a multitude of tools offer solutions for measuring conversation, sentiment, influences and other social media attributes. The final step in ensuring that the pilot is scaled and integrated is to link it to existing administrative and communication structure. An indicative list includes: rules may be established that all policy announcements will be undertaken simultaneously on traditional as well as social media; all important occasions as far as possible may be broadcasted using social media; all documents seeking public opinion must be posted on social media sites; all updates from the website would automatically be updated on social media sites and; all traditional communications will publicise the social media presence. The framework and guidelines in this document have been formulated with a view to help government ministries, departments and agencies to make use of social media platforms to engage more meaningfully with their various stakeholders. Social media's characteristics of connectedness, collaboration and community have the potential of ensuring broad based consultation, and can help agencies reduce the duration of consultation process and receive immediate feedback on services delivered. In order to effectively utilise this media, the agencies must define very clearly the objective of such an engagement, select platforms that will be used for engagement, rules of engagement, communication strategy for ensuring broad basing such an engagement, and finally if found effective and efficient institutionalise such social media with mainstream engagement process. Both in India as well as across the world, various government departments and agencies at federal, state and local government level are using this media. However, this is a dynamic and evolving area and continuous engagement and nimbleness of response to such an evolving scenario will determine the success of such efforts.
  16. Recently there is an increase in the number of Government Departments using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to help citizens out with their grievances and suggestions. Would like to know whether the questions, suggestions posted by public and the reply/reference number provided by the concerned department or any of its authorized representatives on any such social networking sites be challenged under the RTI Act. In the instant case I had asked the National Highways Authority of India about the applicability of toll being collected by M/s Soma Isolux on Panipat to Jallandhar stretch of NH-1 which is still under construction. Though a reference number was provided to me no further intimation/update is being provided by the concerned department. A link to my post is being provided here : http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=190155864337622&id=186585148028027
  17. ManmohanSingh

    Manmohan Singh -Social Worker

    Greetings, I am Manmohan Singh Working with Bank of America from last four years. Education- M.Com form University of Rajasthan-2010 B.Com from University of Rajasthan-2005 Secondary and Senior Secondary from CBSE Board . Family Background - Father - Ex- Army man . Brother (Elder)- Running own transport business . Sister (Younger)-Preparing for NIFT. Future Plan - Run NGO for for lay man to fight against corruption and injustice . Contact me :xxx@yyy.zzz - deleted email id - posting against forum rules
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  19. captainjohann

    RTI and an Old man!

    Hi When i joined this forum in 2008, my main aim was to learn basics of Law NOT RTI as such. Being an advocate of Disability issues related to psycho social disabled who hide due to stigma attached to the mentally ill, i felt knowing little bit of RTI will help me in fighting with the bureaucracy of Social justice Ministry who showed more concern to street dogs during menaka Gandhi's stewardship and to caste groups later. It was realy difficult as most of the bureacrats did not even knew the difference between mentally retarded (who now call themselves mentally challenged, Intellectually challenged etc) and disabled due to mental illness.For them to understand that there is even disability after TREATMENT even in Switzerland was hard to accept. But the daily RTI news letter was a great help in understanding how the Ministry works in hiding things to common man. But now the babus are careful even in putting their notes. This FEAR amongst the babus are a great gain because now they have to be truthful and function within the bounds of law. I am a Pilot, a glorified watcher of colourful dials in the cockpit.But now i have learnt a lot and can ask questions without fear to the powers to be.This strengthening of common man is a great gain for the RTI movement.
  20. sdechassy

    hello to all

    I am happy to join this very helpful RTI forum - I was in India for two years working on RTI/governance and recently returned to the USA (Washington DC) where I am looking for a job and in the meantime volunteering for an NGOs very focused on supporting small south asian CSOs in their efforts against corruption - which involves leveraging RTI Act. I am now trying to learn more about other RTI Act in the region, such as in Nepal. Thank you!
  21. asthanasir

    Education in use of rti

    In order to educate more and more persons in need of use of RTI 2005, I invite all the intellectuals associated with this site to ponder over following initiatives: To create an online solution panel of experts with a view to: 1.Review unsuccessful applications of applicants in need and suggest or re_draft the same for fruitful results. 2.Suggest social organizations in the reach of applicants who can raise voice on behalf of applicant. 3.Publish own success stories on the site to encourage people to use RTI. 4.Communicate with Govt. on the vague parts of the act and bring the result in Public for mass benefit.
  22. i want to access the information on the other side of this page , National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) i live in Chennai , can anyone guide me , as in whom to approach , the officials . etc. i have 12 days in my hand , according to the rules , the time needed for them to process the information is 30 days , can it be done sooner acc. ? is there any alternative process to obtaining information quickly ?
  23. As reported at indianexpress.com on Jun 12, 2009 Vadodara : Forty seven-year-old Bhikubhai Solanki has great regard for the Right to Information (RTI) law which has helped him get Rs 258 pension every month now after he struggled to survive for more than six years. Solanki, who worked as a sweeper with the Jaslok Hopsital in Mumbai, suffered from brain fever, which resulted into paralysis in both his legs in 2003. This also resulted into his termination from the hospital, where he had worked for 23 years. Worse, he was not given any benefit of pension scheme or accident insurance. Repeated requests to hospital authorities for giving him pension from the provident fund fell on deaf years. Solanki is the sole breadwinner of his physically challenged family. His wife could not be of much help as she has 40 per cent deformity in her legs and his 20-year-old son is mentally and physically challenged. He cannot even stand up on his legs. Because of Solanki’s ailment, the family’s survival became difficult. “Whatever little I had saved during my employment of 23 years with the hospital in Mumbai was spent on my ailment. Neighbours and relatives gave food and money which kept my family alive so far,” said Solanki. Finally, unable to find a way out, Solanki returned to his native Kherda village in Karjan taluka of Vadodara district and filed an RTI with the PF office. On failing to get any information about his pension, he filed an appeal with the Central Information Commission, Delhi. CIC asked the PF office as to why pension was denied to him. The PF office asked the hospital to submit the records and it was only in May 2008 that Solanki’s case was taken up. Solanki attended the hearing of his case through video conference facility, as he was unable to travel to Delhi for hearing. CIC, in the hearing, asked PF office to give detailed information about the reason of denying his pension. The PF office in its justification said that some of the documents were not verified. The officers from the PF office personally visited Bhikubhi’s office, completed all the formalities and started his pension. The officials from the Social Justice Department of the state government also visited the family and started a monthly allowance of Rs 400 for his physically and mentally challenged son. “I requested the authorities for a telephone booth for my wife so that we can earn some money for our survival. But nothing has happened yet. Currently, my pension is everything for me and my family.” Source: RTI helped Bhikubhai get pension and his family a chance to live
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