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  1. KOCHI: Kerala State Information Commission has ordered Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) officials to issue portions of minutes of the board meeting which do not affect the intellectual property rights and security matters of the airport. Read at: CIAL Told to Issue Details of Board Meeting Under RTI - The New Indian Express
  2. When RTI activist Mohit Goel had firstchecked, in case of several schools, DoE reported it didn't have records. The 2010 circular tells schools to place the proposal of an increase before the parent-teacher association (PTA) first, along with "detailed financial statement." The proposal goes to the managing committee only after the PTA clears it. Goel says he wanted to "understand if this system is working" and discovered it is not. "I had first filed an RTI seeking information for all northwest schools (there are 13 school districts in Delhi)," explains Goel. "But I got vague replies." Read at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/DoE-told-to-show-info-on-hikes-in-private-school-fees/articleshow/46578335.cms
  3. I had a Chevrolet Aveo UV-A car registered in Koramangala, Bangalore in Aug 2008, which was transferred to Aluva, Kerala and re-registered there in July 2012. Since then I have been pursuing the road tax refund from RTO, Koramangala. It took more than a year to organise all the required documents by RTO, Koramangla to process the refund. Finally in Jan 2014 I got an acknowledgement admitting my claim and was asked to report after two weeks. Since then I have been periodically visiting the office only to be given another date and excuse. Finally when I thought it was almost through, the officer processing it informed me that the process note indicates the requirement of the original tax paid receipt. When I had stated that it is endorsed in the RC book, they said that will not do. On meeting one of the Joint RTOs I was advised to remit a fee and collect a certificate from the concerned section that such an amount was paid on that day. This procedure took another 10 days which the clerk concerned reluctantly did, grumbling about its necessity. When I had gone to enquire about it he told me that he had a helluva time finding the old register where it was recorded. Though the certificate was ready I had to get it signed by an officer called the HQ Assistant, who at that time was not in his seat. When he had come I was given this huge register and a another book to be carried to his room, who then questioned me again on the requirement of such a certificate in a manner that sounded like I had committed a serious mistake of not preserving the original tax paid receipt. Finally the certificate was signed and I carried it happily to the section officer handling the refund only to be told that I will have to come another day. I went there again after 10 days. This time the excuse was that it will take another 10 days for process. Since my patience was wearing out I used the contacts of a friend to talk to an officer in the Office. He was kind enough to come over from another department and personally go through my file. On going through it he told be that it has been audited and the amount will be released within a week. I promptly went there after a week, but the officer concerned just glanced at me and disappeared. Again I had contacted my friend, who on enquiry with the contact at the RTO informed me that the request is pending with the Treasury and that I will be informed over phone when it will be ready. It is now nearing 6 months after the claim was admitted. Kindly let me know what procedure I should follow to air my grievance and get it redressed at the earliest.
  4. jaideep kunwar


    Dear , can u help me?may i know about complaint againt a private company.I have been working here from last 1 year.But company not provide me any salary slip not any confirmation letter.But company deducted my 10 % bonus and esicSo plz told me how can file a complain against the company.
  5. Dear angel, can u help me?may i know about complaint againt a private company.I have been working here from last 1 year.But company not provide me any salary slip not any confirmation letter.But company deducted my 10 % bonus and esicSo plz told me how can file a complain against the company.
  6. babusuja88

    Fee for RTI

    It is further to my query regarding payment of fee for RTI from Indian Overseas Bank. I was told that the amount can be paid in cash at any branch. I would like to know if I can take Postal Order and if so in whose name.
  7. speedoheck

    RTI about RTI

    1. I was told by FAA that the eIPO I sent was not in favour of National Board of Examinations(NBE) which is definitely not the case. Can I write RTI saying "please provide certified copy of RTI I had written with certified copy of eIPO I had submitted with the RTI dated ________"? 2. My main question: If the eIPO is found to be correct, can I ask for RTI reply(now free of cost) to the original RTI without writing all the queries(written in the original RTI) all over again? 3. Can I ask for all the RTI applications I have submitted so far and all the replies given?(NBE has not been consistent with replies).
  8. Jhajjar, August 2 Naresh Kumar Joon, a head constable of the Delhi police, hailing from Noona Majra village near Bahadurgarh, got the shock of his life when he was directed to deposit a whopping Rs 5 lakh for availing information from the senior medical officer (SMO) at Bahadurgarh community health centre, who also acts as public information officer (PIO). He, however, filed an appeal with the State Information Commission (SIC), following which the SIC directed the PIO to allow the applicant access to the records. But when I scanned the records most of the documents were missing, he said, adding that he would complaint to the SIC. He also alleged misappropriation of funds of the health centre. Joon, husband of staff nurse Darshna, who is posted at the CHC, Bahadurgarh, filed an application with the civil surgeon, Jhajjar, on December 12, 2006, seeking information on nine points regarding various kinds of fees being charged at the centre. After dithering for about four months, the civil surgeon entertained his application and directed the SMO to provide the information and charge the requisite fee. The SMO dispatched a letter to the applicant on April 20, asking him to shell out Rs 492,100 as the cost of providing the information. It includes Rs 375,200 as charge for providing copies of 3,750 medical legal reports (MLRs) at a rate of Rs 100 per MLR and Rs 40,650 for issuing 813 post mortem reports at a cost of Rs 50 per report. Significantly, this amount excludes the charge of photocopy of these documents that totals about Rs 76,250. He, however, appealed to the SIO against the unreasonable fee. The commission after summoning the applicant as well as the PIO directed the former to personally examine the files and shortlist the information that he wanted. Joon alleged that his application was put under wraps for about seven months on one pretext or the other. Firstly, the civil surgeon requested the SIC to give three months’ time, citing transfer of officials as reason and then rejected the application saying that the applicant had not signed it. But after he took up the case with the SIC, the civil surgeon in his capacity as first appellate authority directed the SMO through a letter dated April 12 to provide the information to the applicant. Civil surgeon O.P. Hooda refused to talk on the issue. Joon alleged that his wife was being harassed on account of his sustained efforts to seek information, as she was sent to a village in Mewat district on deputation. It may be mentioned that the normal charges are Rs 2 per page for the photocopy of documents while in Haryana Rs 10 per page are being charged. Moreover, as per section 7 of the RTI Act, the applicant shall be provided information free of charge where a public authority fails to comply with the time limit, i.e. one month. The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Haryana Plus
  9. New Delhi, Apr.19 : The Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC), the apex body to regulate higher education in the country, to reply to an RTI application, noting that the matter has been pending for more than 10 months. Expressing amazement over the delay in replying to the application, Information Commissioner O.P.Kejriwal said:"How long can this subject take. It is more than 10 months that the subject has been under consideration." The Commission's observation came during the hearing of an RTI appeal made by Nagpur resident Atul Jain. Jain, through his application in May, last year, has sought from the HRD Ministry certified copies of file noting pertaining to his UGC-NET examination, 2004, and wanted his certificate. "The Commission makes a strong recommendation to the UGC to have the matter finalized as soon as possible and also to send a letter to the full satisfaction of the appellant," Kejariwal said in a recent order. Earlier, an Under Secretary, representing HRD Ministry produced a letter before the Commission from the UGC, stating that they have sent a letter to the information seeker in June 2006. The official also said that the UGC is considering the matter and would seek a legal opinion on it. The appellant had filed a complaint with the Commission in October, last year after the public information officer of the Ministry had returned his RTI application in May last year advising him to approach the UGC directly. In his appeal, Jain contended that although the matter was related to the UGC, the file was still with the HRD Ministry. UGC told to reply to 10-month-old RTI application
  10. Right to Information Act 2005 is a powerful weapon in the hands of the people, who are the real owners of information and officials are mere custodians, State Information Commissioner R. Dileep Reddy said on Thursday. People have a right to demand information and officials have to part with it, if it was not confidential in nature, he said in a review meeting with district officials, tahsildars and MPDOs at Collectorate Sabha Bhavan here. RTI Act came into force on October 12, 2005 in the State. However, the Act was in force in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and other States for several years, he said. The Act would help equip people with information they required and would curb corruption, ensure transparency in governance, Mr. Dileep Reddy stated. People gained substantial awareness of RTI Act and it was the bounden duty of officials to give information demanded by people, he said. Neglect of RTI Act provisions would lead to punishment as per law. He urged officials to give information expeditiously to those seeking it, without being complacent that they have a time of 30 days. If information sought by a citizen did not pertain to their department, officials concerned should transfer the application to the department concerned within five days as per provisions of Section 6 and 3 of RTI Act, the Commissioner said. A manual pertaining to 17 subjects was yet to be prepared in many districts, he remarked. Though awareness on RTI Act was low in Kadapa, Medak and Mahabubnagar districts, some active NGOs were networking information all over the country thereby bringing the desired results, he said. Official apathy In 90 per cent of the 8,500 cases dealt with the Commission, officials possessed information but did not give them, he said. He termed the attitude as negligence of officials. Information sought by any citizen should be given except those coming under Section 8, 9, 11 and 24. Siasat Kadapa, December 07
  11. In a boost to transparency, the Central Information Commission has ruled that government departments would have to come clean when they give sensitive assignments to employees with dubious integrity. As a result, the quaintly named "agreed list" of a department, containing names of employees kept under the gaze of CBI and internal vigilance on account of their questionable integrity, is liable to be disclosed under the Right to Information Act whenever such an employee is appointed to a sensitive post. "Wherever violation of the agreed list was noticed and officers figuring on the list were appointed to sensitive assignments, the names both of the officers taking those decisions and the officers figuring on the list and benefiting from the action of the appointing authority, would be disclosed," the commission held. Rejecting a plea filed by the customs department seeking exemption from revealing the names of its officers on the "agreed list", a commission bench comprising AN Tiwari and MM Ansari said: "There cannot be protection of law for violation of norms nor for norm violators." It laid down the principle that no department can be allowed the "luxury" of escaping public scrutiny after violating norms. The commission said, "No responsible public authority would first prepare an agreed list and then choose to diverge from it. Allowing such divergence from the list would vitiate the very purpose of having created such a list." In the given case, Sudesh Kumar, a superintendent in the customs and excise department will now get access to the "agreed list" because of an admitted deviation from it. NEW DELHI 27 Oct 2007, 0237 hrs IST,TNN timesofindia
  12. Info officer told to read RTI Act Recently, a tehsildar at Andheri refused to give information sought under the RTI Act on the grounds that the applicant had not mentioned whether he “fell below the poverty line or not’’. Aghast as RTI rules do not permit refusing information on such frivolous grounds, State Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Suresh Joshi pulled up Public Information Officer Manisha Ghevande, a class-I gazetted officer and asked her to read the RTI Act before passing any orders. Joshi also directed suburban Collector Vishwas Patil to ensure PIOs do not repeat such mistakes in the future. The CIC passed the above order on a complaint made by a Bandra-based architect Aditya Wagle against Ghevande for giving a misleading reply to an application seeking information on a sale agreement. In response to Wagle’s application, Ghevande rejected the application saying, “You have not stated in your application whether you are below poverty line or not.’’ Wagle then decided to complain to the CIC. He said that the PIO was deliberately denying him information on a false pretext because the very fact that court fee stamps of Rs10 were affixed on the application proves beyond doubt that he was not below poverty line. “Further, not stating whether I am below poverty line or not is in itself adequate to establish that I am not claiming to be below poverty line,’’ said Wagle in his complaint. Said Kewal Semlani, well-known RTI activist who drafted Wagle’s complaint to CIC, “This is a matter of serious concern that the tehsildar is so ignorant of the provisions of the RTI Act-2005 & MRTI Rules-2005 .” Rajshri Mehta Friday, October 05, 2007 04:13 IST DNA - Mumbai - Info officer told to read RTI Act - Daily News & Analysis
  13. Pune, September 22 * June 18, 2007. State Marketing Minister Harshvardhan Patil’s letter to the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune: “I recommend the number 100 be given to the Scorpio jeep of Ramesh Vishnupanth Khandve of Lohegaon.” Such letters — from the offices of ministers, MPs and MLAs — keep pouring into the RTO office here. All with one-point agenda: allocation of fancy numbers to vehicles owned by their acquaintances. On April 9, Avinash Sali, personal assistant to Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh wrote to the RTO, recommending that either 999 or 100 be given to the new car purchased by Navnath Bhau Vaswand. On September 13, it was the turn of Vinayak Parab, private resident secretary to the chief minister to write to the RTO seeking a similar favour for Sachin Bhalinge of Umaji Agritech. Not to be left behind was State Forest Minister Babanrao Pachpute. In his letter dated April 18, 2007 has recommended 99, 999 or 9000 to Bhonsale Dnyaneshwar Narayan, a resident of Wagholi for his new Scorpio. The minister asked the RTO for allotment of 99 on top priority. Among the prized registration numbers are 99, 100, 999, 007 and making recommendations are ministers MPs and MLAs, with offices of the CM also getting involved. The result: many of these numbers are never available to those willing to pay for it, but have no one to recommend their case. Curiously, the RTO records of applicants for these fancy numbers are only those who back their case with VIP recommendations as found out by RTI activists Shahid Raza Burney and Kamlesh Memane. According to sources, these choice numbers command a price as high as Rs 50,000 as against the government-designated fee of Rs 10,000. “There is a high degree of corruption in the allocation of choice numbers. The RTO authorities are not following the mandatory and stipulated rules; neither do they keep records of allocations made,” Burney said. Papers relating to allotment and rejection of application for choice numbers were found missing from the records. Burney, who sought detailed inspection of the application forms of the allotted choice numbers from 2003 to 2007, was told they were missing. When contacted, deputy RTO Amar Patil said: “We will correct the system after due consultations. A fool-proof system will be put in place soon for the allotment of choice numbers.” According to Burney, Patil and assistant RTO Bhaskar Rao Gunjal were present during the inspection that found papers relating to the “choice numbers” missing from files. At that time, it was also found that choice numbers from two-wheeler series were allotted to four wheelers, Burney added. The inspection also revealed that RTO officials had delegated the powers for allotment of choice number to stenographer and personal assistant to RTO Uttam Urankar in contravention of rules and regulations. Burney has written to Home Minister RR Patil demanding an inquiry into the going-ons at the Pune RTO. Thus, for the likes of Fayyaz Ashpaque Qazi who has nobody `high-up` to recommend his case, there’s a reason to feel aggrieved. “Time and again Urankar has said that the number will be allotted when the series open. As of now more than 10 series have been opened and I have still not got the number,” Qazi said. Meanwhile, the inspection revealed that despite a State Government notification making it mandatory for the RTO to regularly insert advertisements in newspapers about the availability of choice numbers, no such procedure was followed. Look, what Minister told RTO: I recommend the number 100...
  14. The Imphal Free Press IMPHAL, Aug 18: The Manipur Information Commission has directed the state home department to provide total number of magisterial inquiries instituted by the Manipur government since 1980 till March 2007 along with the reports of the inquiries within 15 days to a petitioner who sought the information. The state public information officer of the state home department was also informed to submit a show cause within 15 days from the receipt of the order of the chief commissioner why penalty as prescribed under section 20 of the RTI act be imposed to him for denying the petitioner the information he had sought. The penalty that could be awarded for violation of the act includes a maximum of Rs. 25000 and recommendation for disciplinary action against him. The ruling of the state chief information commissioner stated that copies of the magisterial inquiry reports which were considered by the state government along with their memorandum of action taken only in respect of those cases of such inquiry reports which had been laid before the state cabinet, discussed, approved and final action were over can be provided under the Right to Information Act, 2005. The ruling was passed responding to a petition filed by one W Joykumar Singh of Huikap Mayai Leikai, Yairipok who failed to get the information from the state home department following an application made on May 19 this year. As no response was received from the concerned official of the state home department, the applicant lodged a complaint with the chief information commissioner. The commission had taken up the matter on July 27 by calling comments to be submitted within 10 days from the concerned SIPO. However no one turn up from the respondent`s side on the day of hearing which was fixed on July 30 this year. Only after the commission gave second chance for seven day to submit explanation for not providing the information, the SIPO of the home department turn up and submitted his comment. As per the comment of the SIPO, the home department is exempted from the purview of the Act except the cases involving corruption or human right violations, as the cases of magisterial inquiries relate to the activities of the action of security organizations, both Central and state. Govt told to disclose details of magisterial probes :: KanglaOnline ~ Your Gateway
  15. All Indians living in the UAE now have the right to demand answers from Public Information Officers (PIOs) at the Indian missions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This comes more than one-and-a-half years after the Right to Information Act was sanctioned in India. This was only discovered when Rakesh Bohra, the Communications Secretary of the computer group affiliated to the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, chanced upon the information of the appointment of the PIOs while browsing consulate and embassy websites, and called up the PIO in Dubai as an interested citizen. H. R. Singh, Second Secretary (Labour and Welfare) at the Indian Embassy at Abu Dhabi and P. Ajithakumar, Consul and Head of Chancery at the Consulate in Dubai are the designated PIOs, but information on their appointments has not been widely publicised to Indians in the UAE. “The consulate was instructed to appoint an Information Officer under the RTI Act and action has been taken,” said Indian Consul General in Dubai Venu Rajamony. Rajamony added that the appointment of the PIOs was routine, with hundreds more already appointed across India. However, Rajamony, who is the named authority under the RTI Act for applicants if they are not satisfied with the response from the PIO, has instructed consular officers to make the consulate website more user-friendly by putting the Right to Information click panel on top of the site. The PIOs were appointed just last month, although the RTI Act came into effect on October 12, 2005. It needed an order from the Central Information Commiss-ioner in New Delhi earlier this year to spell out that all Indian missions overseas fall within the scope of the legislation. “I received the order regarding my appointment only on April 18,” PIO Ajithakumar told XPRESS. Reluctant to elaborate on his role, the officer said he was still studying the nature of his duties under the RTI provisions. He said non-Indians were not entitled to seek information under the RTI Act. Applicants have to be Indian citizens, but he was not sure about the exact fee prescribed in respect of overseas Indian missions. Ajithakumar said the applicants should be getting a response to their questions within a maximum period of one month. Getting information away from home Anju Musafir, an educationist based in Ahmedabad, was the first citizen to file an application with the Public Information Officer of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on July 19, 2006 to seek information on denial of visa by an Indian Embassy in Paris to French national Benjamin M. who was to join the faculty of Mahatma Gandhi International School in Gujarat. Not getting a satisfactory response, he appealed to the Central Information Commission (CIC) which ruled earlier this year that since the Indian missions are set up by the foreign ministry, they come under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. Xpress: News | Right To Information: Ask And Be Told
  16. [This is a case of "right to privacy vs right to know"--Ganpat] In a path-breaking order on the Right to Information (RTI), the State Information Commission asked the Public Information Officer (PIO) of JJ Hospital to give all medical reports, including ECG pertaining to his hospitalisation, along those made at the time of discharge within seven days. The appeal was filed by city activist Shailesh Gandhi seeking medical records of former state forest minister Surupsinh Naik. The order held that larger public interest would be served by disclosure of information rather than creating doubts in the public mind. The full Bench consisting of Chief Information Commissioner Suresh Joshi, Vilas Patil (Nagpur), Vilas Borge (Aurangabad) and VV Kuwalekar (Pune) argued that the case had contradictory points - right to privacy vis-à -vis right to know, which need to be weighed to arrive at the decision. “People feel that those in high places or have money power when imprisoned get shifted to hospitals under one pretext or the other and spend their jail term in the hospitals. However, there could be genuine requirement also for the imprisoned person for specialised medical supervision”, reads the order. The Bench said disclosure of such information would remove the veil of secrecy and let people know the actual position and would do justice to everyone - jail and medical authorities. Incidentally, Naik failed to respond when the JJ Hospital authorities asked for his consent to disclose his medical records. The Bench took the legal support of section 8 (j) of the RTI Act, provisions of which contemplates that the information which could be revealed to State Legislature, cannot be denied to the public. When the PIO of the hospital admitted that the pertaining information could be denied to the Legislature, the Bench held that it would be unjustified to deny the same to the activist. Responding to the order, Pravin Shingare, dean, JJ Hospital said, “I have not received any court order so far. Once I receive it, I will read it and act accordingly.” Explaining the hospital’s stand on the issue, he said, “Earlier, I told the commission that unless the patient gives his consent or permission to reveal his personal medical records, we cannot do the same. If a patient’s medical data is asked by a stranger, we cannot give the details as it is classified information,” said Shingare. After a nine-month fight, Shailesh was happy to get a positive reply though he questioned the earlier stand of the JJ dean giving reasons for rejecting the information, which had to be given by the PIO. “I’m against making personal medical records of people made public. But this case was about a convict, spending his jail term in hospital and thus involves larger public interest,” said the activist. Chief Information Commissioner Suresh Joshi admitted that the complex and sensitive nature was main reason for the delay in issuing the order. “We believe that the records coming in the public domain would do good for everyone, including Naik.” DNA - Mumbai - JJ told to come clean on Surupsinh - Daily News & Analysis
  17. The BBC has been ordered to publish secret documents that will reveal why its governors apologized to the government over broadcasting that ministers exaggerated the claim over Iraq's weapons before the 2003 war, a press report said on Wednesday. In a landmark ruling Tuesday, the freedom of information tribunal ruled the corporation should publish confidential minutes of a governors' meeting held after the BBC was criticized in a 2004 report on the death of former Iraq arms inspector David Kelly. Following the meeting, the governor issued an apology to Prime Minister Tony Blair's office that led to the resignation of BBC director general Greg Dykes, who said it was 'abject, embarrassing and unjustified'. The minutes are expected to show which governors voted to force out Dykes and why and who on the board sanctioned the controversial apology. The inquiry into Kelly's death chaired by former judge Lord Hutton confirmed that the former arms inspector was the source of a disputed BBC report that claimed ministers exaggerated Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction to justify the Iraq war. But in his report, Hutton exonerated the government of any wrong- doings and criticized the quality of the BBC's reporting on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which led to a row between Blair's office and the state-funded broadcaster. According to the Guardian newspaper, which led the application for the minutes to be published under Britain's Freedom of Information Act, the BBC has resisted in disclosing the confidential documents for more than two years. The BBC was said to have argued that minutes of all governors' meetings should remain secret as the governors would feel afraid of expressing their real opinions if they knew that these accounts would be published. But the tribunal agreed with the Guardian's argument that the governors' meeting after the Hutton report was a 'unique and highly unusual' event in the BBC's history. In response to the ruling, the BBC said it was considering its options on whether to hand over the documents as ordered, within 28 days, or try to overturn the verdict at the high court. BBC told to publish why governors apologized over Iraq report - Irna
  18. New Delhi, December 26: In an unprecedented order, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Post Master General of Delhi to appear and explain the reasons for growing number of complaints with regard to undelivered UPC (under postal certificate) mail. Seeking appearance of Post Master General on February 19, 2007, Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said, “he be asked to explain why correspondence sent under priority of UPC remains undelivered or establish that in fact there is no misplacing of such mail.” The Commission issued the order on an appeal by one Jagdish Ambedkar under the Right to Information (RTI) Act against the Supreme Court of India which contended that it never received any such application. The officials representing the apex court in their reply, informed the Commission by saying “...had the application in question would have been received, he (applicant) would have been informed accordingly.” Taking the reply into account, Commissioner Habibullah observed that such complaints regarding the non-delivery of UPC mail were rising and corrective action was required. “This has become necessary because we in this Commission have been receiving a series of complaints of UPC mail not being delivered to the destination for which it is meant,” he said. The Commission rejected the department’s contention that addresses written on such undelivered mail were vague. Post Master General told to explain non-delivery of UPC mail
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