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  1. Hello,guide me for online patta transfer requests in tamila nadu
  2. The Registrar of TNSIC has issued a letter to The Senior Superintendent of Post Offices which states (interalia): "not to accept State Government RTI applications from applicant across the counter of Post Offices" The picture of the circular issued by the Senior Superintendent of Post Offices to all Post Offices in Tamil Nadu is attached. Presumably, the Registrar of TNSIC meant that Post Offices should not accept RTI applications for public authorities under the TN Government - since it is not allowed and post offices are not designated SAPIOs. The whole episode has been tunred on its head........and now each post office dispalys this letter on the counter window ! RESULT: No post office is accepting even Registered Post / Speed Post letters even if they are addressed to "SPIO under RTI Act 2005" of any public authority - simply because the person at the counter has chosen to interpret this letter in a particular way. My queries: 1. Does the Registrar of TNSIC has any such powers to issue such a letter to Postal Department ? 2. Why is the Postal Deaprtment (under Central Govt.) accepting some instructions from the TN State Information Commission ? Just shows how plain stupid can some people can be !
  3. It seems that Mr P.Tamil Selvan, Information Commissioner in TN SIC is desperately trying to increase his tenure. It seems that his parents gave the incorrect Birth Date while admitting him in School. He was appointed State Info Commisisoner on 05.09.2012 After that he started fighting to get his date of birth corrected. Wonder why he kept quiet for so long......and only realised the mistake now ? 3.When the matter is taken up for consideration, the learned counsel for the petitioner submitted that the petitioner's representation dated 20.09.2016 has been forwarded by the 3rd respondent to the 2nd respondent and it is for the 2nd respondent to pass orders with regard to the case of the petitioner for continuation of his office as State Information Commissioner. Thus, the learned counsel for the petitioner sought for a suitable direction to the respondents. 4. I have heard the submissions made by Mr.R.Venkatesh, Government Advocate as well as Mr.Niranjan Rajagopalan, appearing for the respondents and perused the materials available on record. 5. Considering the facts and circumstances of the case and taking note of the fact that the petitioner's representation has been forwarded by the 3rd respondent to the 2nd respondent, this Court directs the 2nd respondent to pass appropriate orders with regard to the alteration of the date of birth of the petitioner and for extension of his tenure as State Information Commissioner, on merits and in accordance with law, within a period of four weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of this order. With the above direction, the writ petition is disposed of. Consequently, connected Miscellaneous Petition is closed. No costs. The Madras High Court Judgment is attached to this post. TN Info Commsnr desperately trying to increase his tenure.PDF
  4. ravikumar.india

    Name Correction in Patta

    Hello, I am from TamilNadu. My father name mentioned in the patta till computerization is "Sengottuvel". During the process of computerization (15 years ago) they wrongly entered as "Sengodan". [we have the old tax paid copies with correct spelling, also new tax bills with wrong spelling]. 1. What is the procedure to correct the mistake? 2. The VOA suggesting " Patta Name transfer procedure".(I am asked to spend few thousands + etc., with no mistake of ours!) Please advise. Thank you.
  5. Vijayanandmt

    Regarding power issue in TN

    As everyone in TN aware of severe shortage of power, I want to know few details. I need seniors support in framing and filing this RTI. Also guide me on where to file this RTI 1) What is the total amount of power produced by companies/entities owned by TN Government? 2) What is the total amount of power bought from private players and other states? 3) What is the amount of power given by central government companies ? 4) what is the total consumption of power by Tamil Nadu? 5) How much is power is consumed commercial, Factories and House (need bifercation of each) in last 3 years (yearwise details required) 6) If electricity charges are constant across the different grids in Tamil Nadu, why differential treatment is given for chennai when compared to other districts?? 7) Is it legal to treat to consumers(chennai VS non chennai consumers) in different ways, when they offer same money for the service ?
  6. It is a complaint letter against the so called Educational Pioneer of India, the Annamalai University. Annamalai University has a major role in making higher educational system corrupted in the country. The entire University has plenty mall practices and fraudulent activities. We are not going to explain here every thing. We specifically want to mention the frauds and blenders happening in the distance education system (department) which is obviously selling degrees to the students. We hope you know that Annamalai University administer 87 Study centers, 117 Information centers having about 548 special officers and 202 Liaison officers having millions of students world wide. Anybody can get admission and can get any degree by paying bribe here. You may thing these are general complaints having no proof. But we are here with specific evidences to show, how a failed student get pass by giving bribe. We will give evidence about information on student fail and pass. We are ready to come to your office and submit all relevant documentary evidences. What we require is a genuine action to establish dharma in the country. The distance Education system should be stopped. Until necessary corrective measures taken, the distance education system shoud not be allowed. The hard copy complaint follows in register post along with samples of evidences. For any sort of further clarification, any of your officials can contact me in Mobile [mobile number and email ID not permitted on this portal]
  7. Hi to all, I am glad to share my experience in getting a new Ration card for me and my family in the Chennai city by spending not more than Rs.25/- ... Yes only Rupees Twenty Five with no bribe... within a period of 45 days. Almost everyone in Tamil Nadu would say as if all Government jobs can be fulfilled only by means of giving bribe to the government officials. But I want myself to differ from that statement. Only when we are not perfect enough in the required documents, there the bribe comes into picture. When we have all our documents in place with no holes in it then for sure you can achieve getting the Government job done without any bribe I believe (since I am Successful). Let me list out the steps that I have followed in order to get a Ration card on my name Step 1: I removed my name from my Father's Ration card and got a name deletion certificate (with in a period of 7 days), also I took a Xerox of the page in the original Ration card, where the information for deleting my name is mentioned. Step 2: I removed my Wife's name from her Father's Ration card and got her name deletion certificate, also took a Xerox of the page in the original Ration card, where the information for deleting my Wife's name is mentioned. Step 3: I took a Xerox copy of the Ration card of my house owner as the address proof of my stay in the rented house, along with a letter from my House owner Step 4: I took a Xerox copy of my Son's birth certificate Step 5: With all the above said proof I filled in the Ration card application form with the help of a person who writes it in the Civil supplies office. I gave Rs.20/- for the form as well as for filling in the application Step 6: With a passport size photograph pasted in the form I submitted all my documents along with my marriage certificate and invitation (only the name deletion certificate should be in original, take Xerox copy for your reference) Step 7: I submitted all the relevant documents on 3rd of December 2011 Step 8: With in a period of 2 weeks a person from Civil supplies office will come for verification to confirm whether you are staying in the mentioned address. Even if your house owner confirms that you stay there, then no issues. Step 9: If at all some documents are missing out, then the verifying officer will request you to provide those documents. Better do it immediately as and when the person reports you, if there is any delay from your side then there are chances of your documents to go missed out (if your original name deletion certificate is missed out, it is very difficult to get a duplicate of it ) Step 11: If there are no queries from the verification officer, then it means, your Ration card is all set to go for Printing (just give him a call and confirm). Step 12: After 2 weeks time of the Civil Supplies officer's visit at your home, you can directly go to the Civil Supplies office and inquire about your Card Status Step 13: They would ask you to call a number to confirm when will be your Card ready for collection Step 14: After the confirmation via Call you can go to Civil supplies office to collect your Ration Card by giving Rs.5/- as printing cost Step 15: Finally now the time comes… You have your most longed Ration Card on your hand with your Photo printed on top right corner…..hurrrrray……. Step 16: Final step is to take the Ration Card to the Ration shop in your area, (the shop number will be printed on your Ration Card with its address) for getting a seal from the manager of the Shop. It means your Card is ready to purchase commodities from that shop from the consecutive month onwards. Note: The manager in the shop might ask you to leave by giving the card to him saying that he is busy and will give the card with seal in an hour or so… Please don’t give your card to him and leave, as he will not give you any acknowledgement for the same. If he misses it out, then no way you can get a duplicate Card So these are my experience in getting a new Ration card on my Name. And I am successful without giving any bribe… Hope it would be useful for many like me. All the very best, get a New Ration Card with no bribe Jaihind!!
  8. Vigilance bodies out of RTI Act purview as reported in Express Buz Express News Service 20 Sep 2008 CHENNAI: Following a flood of applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking information regarding the progress of corruption cases handled by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) and the Tamil Nadu State Vigilance Commission (TSVC), the State Government has exempted both organisations from the purview of the RTI Act. A Government Order issued in this regard recently said revealing any information to any agency, including the aggrieved person, would be detrimental to the progress of the case. Of late, there has been a tendency on the part of some citizens to ask for a lot of information under the RTI Act, the GO observed. The DVAC and the TSVC primarily deal with investigation into alleged corrupt activities of public servants. The investigations and subsequent actions culminate in disciplinary action or criminal action in the appropriate courts of law, the GO said. “Confidentiality and secrecy in certain cases requires to be maintained during the whole process from the initial stage up to filing charge-sheet in the court on the one hand and up to issue of final orders in the case of disciplinary proceedings,” the order pointed out. “The government feels that in vigilance cases giving information at the initial stages, investigation stage and even prosecution stage would lead to unnecessary embarrassment and will definitely hamper due process on investigation,” the GO added. The State government has passed orders in this regard according to sub-section (4) of Section 24 of the RTI Act. The Section states that “nothing contained in the Act shall apply to such intelligence and security organisations established by the State Government, from time to time, by notification in the official gazette”. It may be recalled that former Social Welfare Minister Poongothai had to step down from the office following the release of her telephonic conversation with the former DVAC chief SK Upadhyay, who is now under suspension. Express Buzz - Vigilance bodies out of RTI Act purview
  9. As reported by Jayaraj Sivan in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 05 August 2010: Sripathi to be TN info chief? - Chennai - City - The Times of India Sripathi to be TN info chief? CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief secretary KS Sripathi is likely to be appointed the state chief information commissioner when S Ramakrishnan retires this month-end, highly placed sources said. S Malathi, vigilance commissioner and commissioner, administrative reforms, could be the new chief secretary. Sripathi attained superannuation on April 30, but was given an extension by the state government with a view to organising the World Classical Tamil Conference.
  10. As reported vy Jeeva in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 07 March 2011: Finally, DVAC opens its RTI mouth - The Times of India Finally, DVAC opens its RTI mouth CHENNAI: The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC), which has so far remained impervious to applications filed under the Right To Information (RTI) Act, has probably given its first reply to a query from an applicant. DVAC gave its reply to one of the 20 questions asked by G Balaji following a directive from the Tamil Nadu Information Commission. But the agency continues to maintain that it is exempted from the purview of the act, citing a Tamil Nadu government's order passed in 2008. Balaji, in his RTI application filed in October 2008, sought to know the status of a case in which a sub-inspector was caught accepting a bribe of 5,000 from him. He also listed 19 other queries, seeking information on number of persons arrested by DVAC in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts, number of cases in which chargesheets were filed, total number of complaints received by it in the last ten years and phone numbers of officials with whom complaints of corruption can be lodged in these three districts. After DVAC rejected his RTI application, Balaji moved the information commission which in January this year directed the agency to respond to the application. "Since Balaji is the complainant in the case, he has full right to know the fate of the corruption case," the commission said. Following the commission's directive, DVAC sent a reply to Balaji recently disclosing that it had completed the investigation in the case filed against the sub-inspector and the case was awaiting trial before a court in the city. DVAC, however, refused to respond to the remaining 19 queries, citing the government order dated August 26, 2008. Balaji is determined to continue the battle. "I have now approached the information commission again seeking a direction to DVAC to furnish all the details I had sought,'' he told The Times of India. The government order had evoked strong reaction from RTI activists and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi himself came out with a statement within a few days of issuing the order. The chief minister then clarified that the government had not given a blanket exemption to DVAC and people can still get details from the agency under the RTI Act except those information which could impede the process of investigation or prosecution of offenders. Last year, when the commission directed it to furnish information to another RTI applicant, DVAC moved the Madras high court and obtained a stay.
  11. As reported by Gokul Vannan at expressbuzz.com on 05 Feb 2011 CHENNAI: While the Tamil Nadu government has earmarked Rs 20 crore for distribution of free notebooks to students belonging to the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, at least 13 schools in five di*stricts have not received the notebooks, which gives rise to the big question: Where has the money gone? Headmasters of the sch*ools, in their reply to RTI queries filed by S Karuppaiah of the Dalit Liberation Movement, have categorically said that they had not received any notebooks although P Sivasankaran, Commissioner of Adi Dravidar Welfare, has claimed that the scheme to provide free notebooks to students up to class 10 was on. Karuppaiah had sought the information from 20 Adi Dravidar and Tribal welfare schools, Government and Government-aided schools but only 16 of them respo*nded. Of that, one headmaster refused to give any reply (students of the school have not received the notebooks) and two others provided figures that were contrary to what the district Adi Dravidar welfare officers gave. While the welfare officer of Tiruvannamalai district said that seven notebooks were distributed to each of the students in classes six to ten and five notebooks each to those in classes four and five, the headmaster of the Government school at Annaiperanthan said that a total of only 176 notebooks were given to 176 Dalit students in classes six to ten of the school.
  12. Man gets penalty notice for auto sold 15 years ago as reported in Times of India, TNN, Sep 27, 2010 CHENNAI: N K Shanmugam, a resident of Chetput, was shocked when he received a notice from the police in April 2008 asking him to pay a fine of Rs 50 as his autorickshaw had violated a stop line at Nandanam signal. He had owned an autorickshaw but had sold it 15 years ago. "I still don't understand how an autorickshaw can ply in my name. After I sold my autorickshaw, I have not even renewed my permit. The registration number of the autorickshaw mentioned in the notice is different from the one I owned," he says. So Shanmugam filed an application under the Right To Information (RTI) Act with the Ayanavaram regional transport office (RTO) asking for a copy of the registration and permit records of the autorickshaw in question so that he could trace the person who registered the vehicle in his name. He also asked for the photograph of the person affixed in the RTO's records. But the transport office didn't respond to the RTI application, following which Shanmugam moved the Tamil Nadu State Information Commission last year. Lakshmipathi, the then public information officer of Ayanavaram RTO, appeared before the commission three months ago and submitted an affidavit saying there was no practice of affixing the photograph of the vehicle owner at the time of registration of the autorickshaw. Shanmugam contested this saying the records must have contained the photograph of the person who registered the vehicle. Following this, the commission directed Lakshmipathi to produce the vehicle registration register last month. Accordingly, Lakshmipathi produced it and the commission found the photograph. Taking strong exception to the official having lied, the commission in its order passed last week directed the transport commissioner to frame charges against Lakshmipathi as he had filed a false affidavit. It also wanted to know why departmental and criminal action should not be taken against him and why the maximum penalty should not be imposed. Holding that it was perjury and action could be taken under the Indian Penal Code, the commission asked the transport commissioner to ensure that the RTI applicant was compensated with a sum of Rs 2,500 for the expenses he had to incur. Shanmugam said he did not know the person whose photograph was affixed in the registration records. "My autorickshaw permit must have lapsed as it has to be renewed every six months. Taking advantage of this, someone must have registered an autorickshaw in my name. If nothing is done, I will lodge a police complaint," said Shanmugam. Source : Man gets penalty notice for auto sold 15 years ago - The Times of India
  13. Dalit families employ RTI Act, get their land as reported by M. Dinesh Varma in the Hindu, Jun 22, 2010 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- They plan to raise bank loans to build their own homes and start agriculture -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A dream comes true for this woman in Alisoor village in Kancheepuram district. CHENNAI: Landless Dalit families in a Kancheepuram village have used the Right to Information (RTI) Act to prompt the district administration to hand over land that was originally allotted to them several years ago, thanks to the initiative of a grassroots NGO. The 106 Dalit families in Alisoor village had been allotted 100 sq m by the Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Board in 1998. The local district administration had even issued the original patta document with the individual plot numbers. However, the allotment remained on paper and the villagers never got the land though they approached the local administration several times. The families were residing in hutments on poramboke land, when in 2008, Kancheepuram-based NGO Hand in Hand started working in the village by forming self-help groups and began development projects. A Citizen Centre Enterprise was established as an IT empowerment initiative that helped villagers enrol for computer courses, register for voting, apply for ration cards, pensions or prepare petitions, a spokesman for the NGO said. A Good Governance Rights Protection Committee (GGRPC) was then set up to train villagers in citizen rights and duties. “With the help of this committee, the villagers learnt to use the RTI Act to unearth information on the allotment details of the land,” the spokesman said. Armed with the RTI information, villagers prepared an application with the signatures of all the beneficiaries along with the land patta copies to be forwarded to the local administration with a copy sent to the District Collector. Positive response To the delight of the villagers, the application evoked a response from the administration. District Collector Santhosh K. Misra undertook a visit to the village. He personally supervised the handing over of land to the beneficiary families. The villagers plan to raise bank loans to build their own homes and start agriculture. The Hindu : Front Page : Dalit families employ RTI Act, get their land
  14. Is information given under RTI Act right? as reported by Mohamed Imranullah S in the HINDU, MADURAI : Jun 08, 2010 Access to information has been universally accepted as an essential requirement for empowerment of people. Proving it right, the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 has established itself to be one of the most beneficial legislations for information-seekers. However, many officials, who are information-providers, find it to be a pain in the neck for reasons aplenty. An official in the Madras High Court Bench here says that the RTI applicants do not restrict their queries to the official functions of the court. They go beyond and seek information about personal visits made by judges to various places, expenses incurred on such trips and the government accommodation, if any, provided to them in those places. “As of now, we obtain the concurrence of the Chief Justice even while replying to queries related to cases filed in the High Court. We also forward some of the applications to the Principal Seat in Chennai whenever we find it not advisable to take a decision here and the applicants are asked to appear in person in order to ascertain their genuineness,” he added. On the other hand, the counsel of a woman litigant, M. Shanthi of Karur, says that the government officials are bound to follow the law and there is no use cribbing about a legislation enacted by Parliament. He claims that the High Court Bench here has not provided even simple information about a pending case sought by his client as early as on February 25. “The officials are not serious when it comes to providing information under RTI,” he says. His statement is strengthened by the contradictory answers provided by the High Court Bench in reply to a set of questions posed by an RTI applicant from Madurai relating to the disposal of cases ever since the establishment of the Bench here on July 24, 2004. Answering one of the questions, the APIO of the Bench stated that a former judge M.E.N. Patrudu (since dead) did not sit in the Bench even for a single day in 2006. Conversely, replying to another question, the APIO stated that the judge had disposed of 512 cases while being part of four different Division Benches and 247 cases individually in the same year. The statement given by the High Court Bench stated that former judge N. Kannadasan had disposed of 252 criminal cases and three civil cases in 2006 notwithstanding the fact that he ceased to be a judge as early as November 2005 itself because his tenure as an Additional Judge of the High Court was neither extended nor was he made permanent. This is not all. The RTI reply also stated that Justice Aruna Jagadeesan, who was elevated as a High Court judge only in 2009, had disposed of a Civil Revision Petition in 2007 itself. The APIO further stated that the High Court Bench was closed for 44 days on account of summer vacation in 2004 though the fact remains that the Bench was inaugurated only on July 24 that year. The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Madurai News : Is information given under RTI Act right?
  15. As reported by Mohamed Imranullah S. in thehindu.com on 08 April 2010: The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Madurai News : RTI applicant surprised by High Court official's response RTI applicant surprised by High Court official's response MADURAI: An applicant under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, who wanted to know the status of a case originally filed before the principal seat of the Madras High Court in Chennai in 2001 and subsequently transferred to its Madurai Bench in 2004, has taken by surprise by the response asking her to appear in person for verification of her identity, residential address and signature. M. Shanthi of Karur had filed an RTI application on February 25 seeking details of a civil miscellaneous appeal filed by an insurance company in 2001 against a judgment passed by a lower court earlier. Stating that the case was not listed for hearing for a long time, she sought to know whether it was still pending or had been disposed of. N. Vijayakumar, Deputy Registrar (Administration) of the Bench and also Assistant Public Information Officer, replied to the application on March 3. Instead of giving a direct answer to the question, he asked the woman applicant to approach her advocate for obtaining the required information. Not satisfied with the reply, Ms. Shanthi filed an appeal, under the RTI Act, before the Registrar (Administration) of the High Court Bench on March 13, 2010. Subsequently, she received another letter from R. Susheela Devi, Deputy Registrar (RTI) dated March 31 asking her to come to the Bench during office hours at the earliest for verification of her residential address and signature. The issue gains significance in view of the fact that there is no provision in the RTI Act which entitles a public information officer to ask an applicant to prove his/her identity. Section 6(2) of the Act categorically states a person seeking information need not give any personal details except those that were required for contacting him.
  16. 1.49 lakh petitions under RTI Act disposed as reported by Staff Reporter in The Hindu, Jun 01, 2010 Highest by any State Information Commission since 2006 State Information Commissioner G.Ramakrishnan (left) conducting an inquiry on appeals of public under the Right to Information Act at Tirupur Collectorate on Monday. – Tirupur: The Tamil Nadu Information Commission (TNIC) has disposed of around 1,49,000 applications filed by petitioners under the Right to Information (RTI) Act which is so far the highest by any State Information Commission since 2006, according to TN-SIC Commssioner G. Ramakrishnan. “Of the total disposal, about 12,000 petitions were disposed of through special sittings conducted at various places across the State,” he said. He told this to reporters on the sidelines of the special sitting arranged by the Commission to dispose of the appeal petitions received from Tirupur, Coimbatore, Erode, Salem and Krishnagiri districts, here on Monday. Mr. Ramakrishnan said that about 17,000 appeals filed by RTI activists were pending with the State Information Commission at the moment. According to him, TNIC has served show-causes on about 3,000 people either for their failure to properly respond to the queries asked by the public under RTI Act, 2005, or for intimidating the petitioners during the last four years. A total of 15 appeal petitions were reviewed by Mr. Ramakrishnan during the sitting held at Tirupur Collectorate on Monday. Citing the petition of one V. Ravi that Periyar University of Distant Education did not furnish the copy of answer sheets as claimed by him to analyse why he failed in a paper in the post graduate examination, Mr. Ramakrishnan clarified that answer papers valued by any examination body could be subjected to scrutiny under RTI Act. “I have given direction to the varsity to give Photostat copy of the answer sheets which the petitioner wanted as the university was under the impression that such things did not fall under the purview of RTI Act,” he said. Mr. Ramakrishnan made a general appeal to the public to make the queries filed under the RTI more specific instead of being generic in nature. The Hindu : Tamil Nadu News : 1.49 lakh petitions under RTI Act disposed
  17. Is there any FIXED FEE RATES for building plan approval in Tamil Nadu? Could someone please tell me how I can obtain the rates and how these rates are determined by the Village Panchayats in Tamil Nadu.
  18. As reported by Special Correspondent at hinduonnet.com on 24/10/2009 KOZHIKODE: The Malabar Produce Merchants Association has accused Kerafed of “mismanagement of copra procurement” and appealed to Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan to order an enquiry into its failure to ensure higher returns for coconut producers. The association alleged that Kerafed, the agency authorised to procure copra, had been purchasing copra to manufacture ‘Kera’ coconut oil from Tamil Nadu, when copra was available in the State itself. According to information obtained by the association under the provisions of the Right to Information Act, between April and August this year, Kerafed bought about 31,821 quintals of copra from Tamil Nadu. In this period, it purchased just 1,349 quintals of copra from merchants in Kerala. Tamil Nadu merchants were paid Rs.20 to Rs.150 per kg more though copra produced in Kerala was of better quality. Kerafed’s move had also led to loss of income to hundreds of workers who making a living in copra processing yards, they said. The association also appealed to the Chief Minister to issue clear instructions to Kerafed to procure copra from within the State to meet the requirements for production of ‘Kera’ oil instead of making purchases from Tamil Nadu. Source: The Hindu : Kerala / Kozhikode News : Procure copra from State, traders tell Kerafed
  19. As reported at indopia.in on 17 July 2009 Coimbatore, Jul 17 (PTI) Over 1.11 lakh petitions were received seeking information under RTI Act till June end this year from Tamil Nadu, believed to be the highest in any state in the country, a top official said today. Replies were given by concerned departments to over 82,360 applications, R Perumalsamy, State Information Commissioner, told reporters here. Under the rules of the Act, which came into effect in 2005, the Information Commissioner has issued 1,200 showcause notices to various departments for"deliberate"delay, denial and also failure to answer queries, while penalty of Rs 25,000 each has been imposed on 40 officials, Perumalsamy said. Majority of the questions were related to the issue of allocation of land deeds, he said. Asserting that both the Centre and Tamil Nadu government were serious about providing information under the Act, he said through this they wanted to bring transparency and accountability in governance and eradicate corruption in the administration. Source: Tamil Nadu : Over 1.11 lakh petitions under RTI Act in TN : 625745
  20. As reported by Julie Mariappan in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 05 May 2009: Video conferencing to help RTI applicants - Chennai - Cities - The Times of India Video conferencing to help RTI applicants CHENNAI: For the past three years, M Sivaraj, an RTI activist from Vellore, has been spending Rs 1,000 every month towards travel and other expenses. The former tahsildar travels at least 900km a month to appear at hearings conducted by the State Information Commission (SIC) at its headquarters in Chennai. With SIC planning to introduce video conferencing for petitioners, Sivaraj and other petitioners will have less trouble in future. The hi-tech facility funded by the Union government will be introduced after the general elections. "The contract has been awarded to the Electronic Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT), for development. We hope that petitioners will not have to travel all the way from different parts of the state to Chennai, spending time and money. Officials, too, need not reclaim amounts from the public exchequer for travel expenses," SIC chief commissioner S Ramakrishnan told The Times of India. With the district headquarters in Tamil Nadu having video-conferencing facilities at the collectorates, it would take only a few months to stabilise the system, Ramakrishnan added. The plan envisages the commission having a state-wide area network connectivity from ELCOT's data centre in Taramani or the common service centre at the DMS campus in Teynampet. ELCOT will install equipment and related infrastructure, costing Rs 13 lakh. On an average, SIC receives 40,000 petitions every year, the highest in India, seeking details from various government departments. Almost 90% of the petitions come from the southern districts. About 30 cases are taken up for hearing daily. "If such devices are not introduced forthwith, there will be deterioration in services rendered by the commission," Ramakrishnan pointed out. The commission has six commissioners, besides the chief commissioner, to look into appeals. The commission is holding talks with the Centre for Good Governance (CGG), a central government agency, to develop software modules for designing a website, complete with the decisions and cause list so that applicants from any part of the state can get updated information on cases. It also plans to include success stories and the status of applications on the website, with the application status being conveyed through SMSes, too. "The decision to seek CGG support came about after the National Informatics Centre, which designed the SIC website, failed in uploading relevant data over the past four months," official sources said. The urgency in dealing with a flood of applications has put SIC in a spot. With only 15 stenographers available for administrative work, analysing information has become a problem area.
  21. Atul Patankar

    ‘Tamil Nadu leads in RTI awareness’

    As reported at www.expressbuzz.com on 07 Apr 2009 SALEM: Tamil Nadu leads the country with respect to Right to Information (RTI) awareness and access, said R Perumalsamy, State Information Commissioner. Perumalsamy told reporters here on Monday that 1,25,000 people in Tamil Nadu have sought information under the RTI Act. The per-day average number of RTI applications received in the State varies between 500 and 600 while the per month average is about 10,000 to 12,000. Leading also in appeals against improper or neglect of RTI applications, 3,700 cases of appeals have been taken up in the State. House pattas, information with respect to land deals, crime, law and order cases, education, information on cooperative societies, education and employment departments are among them, he said. Show cause notices have been sent to 473 officials in the State for failing to send information to applicants sought under the RTI Act. Eleven official have been fined Rs 25,000 each under the RTI Act for not providing information. Transparent governance is the fundamental objective of the RTI and the Act empowers the people to know the process and operation of the government machinery, he said. In Salem on Monday, Perumalsamy presided over the proceedings of 15 cases from RTI applicants from Erode, Coimbatore, Magmata and Krishnagiri. Source: ?Tamil Nadu leads in RTI awareness?=
  22. Atul Patankar

    Info panel slaps fine on two tahsildars

    As reported by Jayaraj Sivan, TNN at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 30 March 2009 CHENNAI: Acting on an RTI petition seeking to expose the forgery of revenue records by a person who had encroached upon a lake at Pallavaram, the state information commission has imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 each on two ex-tahsildars of Tambaram who not only failed to remove the encroachment but also provided false information to the petitioner. The issue dates back to 2006 when RTI activist T Retna Pandian brought to the notice of the Kancheepuram district collector that a new encroachment had come up on the Ramasamy lake near Pallavaram railway station. He pointed out that A Jameela, who had earlier constructed a shop on the lake land and been evicted by the revenue officials once, had returned to the same spot and put up another construction and also applied for a power connection from the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board using a forged NOC from the village administrative officer. The forgery came to light when revenue officials, responding to a query from Pandian, dismissed the NOC. Pandian also found that the seal on the document produced by Jameela did not match the official seal of the VAO. Also, the fake NOC was signed in green ink; VAOs are not authorized to use green ink since they are non-gazetted officials. Pandian, in his complaint, said he was forced to approach the collector because the jurisdictional tahsildar had excused himself from removing the encroachment saying he was busy with the assembly elections. Independent of Pandian's petition, another activist, K R Ramasamy (Traffic Ramasamy), also sent a fax to the collector informing him about the encroachment. With the petition evoking little response, Pandian filed an RTI application to the collector seeking details of the action taken against the encroacher. The issue was referred to the Tambaram tahsildar for inquiry as well as for replying to Pandian. But neither the tahsildar nor the appellate authority, PA (general) to the collector, gave replies to his queries. Pandian then moved the information commission on appeal. The commission ordered tahsildar to provide replies to the queries immediately. As the reply skirted the main issue of removal of the encroachment, Pandian once again approached the information commission. Passing orders on his petition, on August 6, 2007, the commission asked the collector to carry out a "special investigation by a senior officer and keep a personal watch on the investigation to check what went wrong." The Collector was asked to also probe how false information that Ramasamy's fax had not reached the collectorate could be provided to the commission by the PIO. As the commission's order made little impact on the officials, Pandian moved the information commission once again pointing out the laxity of revenue officials. The petitioner pointed out that Jameela had put up a pucca structure and obtained power connection too as no official had taken pains to evict her. The commission, which passed orders recently, imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 each on the two tahsildars who had been in that post at Tambaram during the course of the case for disobeying its directive. Source: Info panel slaps fine on two tahsildars - Chennai - Cities - The Times of India
  23. Who would be the PIO to obtain the final report on a Domestic Violence (DV) Case which has been closed. The DV Protection Officer is decling stating the report is confidential. The said case is out of Chennai.. Appreciate your inputs. Currently my option is to appraoch the magistrate court once the same report is filed, which could be long process. Cheers, Manoj
  24. RTI brings water to 14 houses in Pallavaram after a year-long wait as reported by Jayaraj Sivan, TNN 4 Dec 2008 Times of India CHENNAI: If Tamil Nadu has a long history of disputes over sharing of water with its neighbouring states, the plight of its residents is no better when it comes to getting their legitimate share of drinking water from the civic bodies. Fourteen houses at Thiruthani Nagar in Pallavaram municipality, which had to wage a protracted battle with the civic body for close to one year for getting drinking water connections, finally managed to get justice, thanks to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and the subsequent intervention of the state information commission. The matter was brought to the notice of the information commission by an RTI activist, K Pitchandi, convenor of Fifth Pillar India, a voluntary organisation fighting against corruption. Pitchandi had initially sent an RTI application to the municipality raising a barrage of questions to find out why there was a delay in providing water connections to the residents. Interestingly, there were 15 applicants initially but the municipality chose to give connection to one house alone. Further, many people who had applied for water connection at Pallava Garden - several months after those at Thiruthani Nagar had applied -managed to get connections. Pitchandi alleged that there was foul play in the whole exercise. When his queries did not yield proper response from the civic body, Pitchandi filed an appeal under the RTI before the state information commission. The commission, after hearing the case, passed an order on November 18, asking the commissioner of municipal administration, Chennai, to inquire into the delay on the part of the public information officer at Pallavaram municipality in giving replies to the RTI applications. Sensing trouble, the municipality swung into action. Municipal engineer S Subburaj told TOI, "We have laid the water lines. However, while digging for the under-ground sewerage, the water pipes suffered damages in the past two days. We are setting right the faults and hope to start supply from Thursday." He said the delay in giving connection was because of scarcity of water. "We have only four water storage facilities in Pallavaram. It was a genuine problem." When asked as to how the municipality could give connections to people at Pallava Garden if there was shortage of water, he maintained, "The delay in Thiruthani Nagar was also because of the ongoing sewerage works." R Mathinathan, commissioner of the municipality, said, "If there is any foul play on the part of our officials, we will take stringent action." RTI brings water to 14 houses in Pallavaram after a year-long wait-Chennai-Cities-The Times of India
  25. sriraman.s


    hi, I am Sriram from Trichy. Today, I have joined the RTIIndia.org commnity. I want to know about the RTI info about the TNHB, Tamil nadu - info regarding the Information Officer and address and the procedures. regards Sriram
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