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  1. Hello, There has been an increasing number of people who works in railways used to travel im first class coaches eventhough they might not be eligible to do so. It has become unstoppable as of now . This has become uncomfortable for genuine commuters who actually are eligible. How to overcome it?. Eventhough rules are in place a railway employee are being excused.
  2. BHOPAL: The third party clause of the RTI Act empowers PIOs to withhold or deny information to protect confidential and personal details of citizens. While RTI crusaders and activists are crying foul over misuse of the clause by PIOs to deny information, a most recent order by chief information commissioner KD Khan on a RTI query seeking details of house rent and travel expenses of Lokayukta PP Naolekar has kicked up dust. The order has raised eyebrows over use of third party clause and transparency in RTI Act when it comes to high-ranking public servants. Read more at: Lokayukta PIO refuses to disclose travel expenses under RTI - The Times of India
  3. Information sought on Modi's foreign travel expenses 'too vague and wide' to be revealed, RTI reply from PMO says CHENNAI: "Information sought is too vague and wide." That was the response from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to an RTI application about the amount of money spent on foreign visits made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he assumed office on May 26 last year. In response to an RTI application filed by TOI, the PMO said Modi made eight foreign trips in 2014, of which he spent a maximum of five days in the US. The reply said Modi had spent four days each in Brazil, Australia and Nepal followed by Japan (three days), Myanmar (two days), Bhutan and Fiji (one day each) in 2014. Nepal is the only foreign country which Modi visited twice -- from August 3 to 5, (state visit) and from November 25 to 27 (to attend the SAARC summit). Of the 220 days in office last year (from May 26, 2014 to December 31, 2014), Modi was abroad for 24 days. This means he was in a foreign country once in nine days since he became the Prime Minister. Modi is currently away on a five-day visit to three island nations - Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka -- which is also his first foreign tour in 2015. Modi is also expected to visit France, Germany, Canada, China, Russia and Turkey in the next few months. In 2011, the Central Information Commission instructed the cabinet secretariat to disclose the amount spent on the travel of ministers and VVIPs because of 'large public interest' in the matter. Though the PMO now stonewalled queries related to the money spent on Modi's foreign tours, in 2013 it disclosed the amount spent on the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's air travels expenses -- Rs 642 crore in nine years. The amount was revealed under the mandatory proactive disclosure clause of the RTI Act. Interestingly, the PMO has disclosed only the domestic tours of Modi on its website under RTI Act without mentioning the amount spent or the list of people who accompanied. The Prime Minister made 48 domestic tours since May 2014, of which 19 were for non-official purposes, according to the website. It revealed that Modi had visited Maharashtra 12 times in the period followed by Jammu & Kashmir (nine), Haryana (seven) and Jharkhand (six). Not surprisingly, all these states had elections in the recent past. The Prime Minister did not visit states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Bihar, Odisha, Punjab and West Bengal. These states did not have any major elections in this period. Read More: Information sought on Modi's foreign travel expenses 'too vague and wide' to be revealed, RTI reply from PMO says - The Times of India
  4. BENGALURU:The state government spent Rs 13.07 crore towards air travel expenses of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah between May 13, 2013 and November 31, 2014. The government has revealed this as reply to a query filed under RTI Act by RTI activist T Narasimha Murthy. The CM used planes of Chipsan Aviation and OSS Air Management, both New Delhi-based companies as well as SpiceJet, GMR Aviation, GMP Air Charter and Deccan Charter in this period. Read at: Rs 13.07 Crore Spent on CM's Air Travel - The New Indian Express
  5. Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has spent Rs 4.29 crore on air travel from April, 2001 to March, 2014, with most expenses incurred for study tours, an RTI query revealed. MMRDA is executing developmental projects worth thousands of crores in the MMR region comprising Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Palghar and Raigad districts. Read at: 'MMRDA spends Rs 4.29 crore on air travel in 13 years' | Zee News
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    Hello, My wife falsely claimed in court that she travel with me on so and so date from Bombay to Delhi and she is claiming that she forgot airlines. but fact is we have not traveled. So to whom i will file RTI who can confirm that i have not traved on that day. in my mind 1. DGCA 2. Airport Athority 3. All Domestic Airliences operate flights between bombay - delhi How and what data should i ask ...e.g. i can ask that please confirm wether i have traveled or not on so and so date. Thanks
  7. Dear All, I want to fil an rti to dopt, regarding LTC claim for the officers who are not entitled for air. Generally the officers who are eligible for flight, they should travel by AIR INDIA flight only and they should purchase tickets from booking counters of that air line or authorised travels only. Officers who are not entitled for flight can also go by air but they will get the entitled train fare. and also they can travel by any air lines and no restriction to purchase from authorised travels . but my department, dealing clerk rejected my ltc bill (I am not entitled for flight. but travelled by air india and booked through some website cleartrip.com). the available rules/o.m's in dopt website not clearly mentioning the provisions in this scenario.. i want to ask the provisions in this case, so that i can show to my dealing clerk. can anyone please help me in framing the question so that i get the desired info.... thanks
  8. I recently participated in an online contest of a travel company. I believe they rigged the whole process. Can I ask them questions under RTI? I am interested in knowing each applicants voting details such as ip addresses of people who voted for him/her, how many times one ip address was used to vote one particular person etc. I also believe they played around to make one person the clear winner and he was in fact allowed to enter in the contest almost two weeks after the deadline. No where in their terms and conditions mentioned that they can allow anyone joining at any time though it's mentioned that entries after deadline will be disqualified.... please help, they wasted almost 4 weeks of hard work for many of the applicants....
  9. This would be a shocker for lakhs of public servants and bureaucrats across the country: Been on a foreign tour to study roads or educational practices? You owe an explanation to the public. Any citizen can now seek personal information — quantum of leave availed, country tours or foreign tours — of any public servant under the Right to Information Act. Taking a cue from the United Kingdom (UK) Data Information Act (1998), the Central Information Commission (CIC) has given a whole new definition to personal information of public servants in the country. In a historic case involving an officer of the Central Forensic Science Laboratories (CFSL) attached to the CBI, the CIC ruled any activity of a public servant in his official capacity, which is of direct concern to public and, therefore, to public interest, should be revealed to the public. The CIC ruling comes after a CFSL employee, Surender Kumar, sought to know the details of leaves (earned leave, casual leave, half-pay commuted leave and medical leave), tours, journey (including foreign tour) and official tours undertaken by his officer Rajinder Singh for 10 years. But Kumar’s petition was rejected, citing exemptions under Section 8(1)(j) of the Right to Information Act and stating that disclosure of this information was invasion of privacy of Singh. Kumar then petitioned the CIC. In his ruling, CIC Wajahat Habibullah said: “The information sought by Kumar is of direct concern to public and, therefore, to public interest since it concerns the working of a public servant in his official capacity. Details of personal tours invites exemption and may be provided only to the extent of dates and destination, unless public money is involved. As the information sought is not categorised as confidential nor is a leave register a confidential document, the information sought be supplied.’’ Said a retired bureaucrat: “This is more fearful than our confidential reports.’’ Welcome
  10. MPs could be forced to reveal details of their spouses travel expenses following a victory by Freedom of Information campaigners yesterday. The House of Commons authorities announced they were giving up High Court battle to stop a Labour MP being forced to publish the details of her and her husband's journeys. Freedom of Information campaigners had requested to see an itemised breakdown of Labour MP Anne Moffat's travel expenses after it emerged that she had racked up a £40,000 bill in 2003. Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, ruled that East Lothian MP Miss Moffat should submit her receipts for public scrutiny after finding that their release would not breach her privacy. Commons authorities then lodged an appeal against the order for the release of the travel claims with the High Court, but last night confirmed they had abandoned the fight. A spokeswoman for the Commons said: "An appeal was lodged with the High Court. After further consideration, this has now been withdrawn." A spokesman for Mr Thomas welcomed the decision saying that the public had the right to know about taxpayer-funded travel. "The journeys for which an MP may claim reimbursement relate to official business and are therefore paid for out of public funds," the spokesman said. "The public has a right to know how public money is spent by politicians and public officials. "MPs' travel expenses relate to individuals acting in an official, rather than a private, capacity and in the Information Commissioner's view, disclosure of this information will not impinge an MP's personal privacy." The move follows the publication yesterday of MPs' expenses and allowances for last year which revealed that they claimed a total of £87.6 million. Earlier this year, MPs were last night made to reveal details of their £5million a year travel expenses after losing a two-year battle under the Freedom of Information Act and had to admit to some startling claims. Yesterday's decision means they may now also have to disclose how much of this travel related to their spouses, who are entitled to make up to 15 free journeys a year. The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged the government would be more open in dealing with FOI requests. He also launched a three-month public consultation on extending the Freedom of information Act to private firms. FOI victory as MP is forced to reveal spouse's £40,000 travel expenses | the Daily Mail
  11. In a remarkable judgement, the CIC has directed SVNIRTAR to compensate the Appellant for having had to come to the Commission for the hearing by paying him the equivalent of AC-2 Tier fare from Cuttack to Delhi and back in addition to Rs.500/- for his local expenses in Delhi. Central Information Commission ***** No.CIC/OK/A/2006/00441 Dated, the 16th November 2006 Name of the Appellant: Er. Ranjan Das, S/o Shri Baba Charan Das, Plot No. 927, Tala Sahi, Laxmi Sagar, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa. Name of the Public Authority : Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training & Research, Cuttack. DECISION Background: The Appellant, Er. Ranjan Das of the Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation and Research (SVNIRTAR), Cuttack, had applied for study leave for doing the M.Tech Course in BIO-Medical Engineering at IIT Mumbai in 1997. He was refused the study leave on the ground that this course was “neither beneficial to the Institute nor related to the sphere of duties of Shri Das being Mechanical Engineer.” Shri Das then filed a writ petition in the High Court of Orissa vide OJC no. 15834/1997 against the orders of refusal of leave by the Institute. After hearing the case, the Hon’ble High Court directed the Institute to relieve the Petitioner forthwith to enable him to join the course. The judgment added that during the period of training at IIT, Mumbai, the petitioner would be granted study leave and would draw the leave salary as admissible to an employee proceeding on study leave. On receiving the judgment, Shri Das asked to be relieved forthwith as per the directions of the Court to enable him to join the IIT course. Accordingly, he was relieved of his duties from the Institute vide order No. DR 1A 57 dated 14.7.1998 but without a proper sanction of study leave. As the Institute did not consider this course to be of any relevance/ benefit to the Institute, it moved the Supreme Court against the judgment of the Orissa High Court vide SLP (Civil) No. 12274/98. After hearing the case, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India granted an interim stay order on the judgment of the High Court after which the Appellant returned to the Institute and joined back his duties w.e.f. 29.9.1998. However, at the time of the final disposal of the aforesaid SLP, the Supreme Court of India vide its order dated 13.12.2001 upheld the direction of the High Court of Orissa allowing the appellant to join the M.Tech programme at IIT (Mumbai) on study leave and ordered the Institute to relieve the appellant at the end of the then current academic year, i.e., 2001. Though, the Hon’ble Supreme Court had ordered that the Appellant be relived at the end of the academic year in 2001 to join the IIT (Mumbai), the Appellant in the meantime decided to join the M. Tech course in Biomedical Engineering at IT, BHU, Varanasi instead and submitted a request to his Institute accordingly. He was then granted study leave from 30.7.2002 to 31.1.2004 vide office memorandum no. AD6B01-969 dated 29th July, 2002. His Institute while granting him study leave for joining the course at IT seems to have been very careful to deduct the 76 days which the Appellant had spent at the IIT (Mumbai). As the M. Tech course at BHU was for a full 2 years and the study leave accordingly fell short, the Appellant requested the Institute for an extension of his study leave up to 31.7.04, i. e., 2 years 2 days. This leave was refused and he was asked to avail all other kinds of leave as per his entitlement for the period 15.5.04 to 31.78.04 to complete the course. The Appellant, however, completed the course well before the scheduled date and joined back his duties at the Institute at Cuttack on 17.5.04. It was at this stage that the Shri Das made an application dated 17.5.06 to his Institute under the RTI Act, 2005 requesting for photocopies of all orders relating to his periods of study leave including its extension and the bond executed between him and the Director, SVNIRTAR before proceeding to IIT, Mumbai, and then to IT BHU, Varanasi. The letter from the PIO, SVNIRTAR, dated 23.5.06 denied him the information under Clause 8(i)(j) of the RTI Act, 2005. Shri Das then filed an appeal against this order before the Director, SVNIRTAR on 13.6.06. The Appellate Authority did not deem it fit to pass any order on the same said appeal. At this, Shri Das approached the Central Information through his second appeal on 29 August, 2006, after which the Commission scheduled the hearing of both the parties u/s 19 of the said Act on 8th November, 2006. The bench of Dr. O.P. Kejariwal, Information Commissioner, heard the matter. At the hearing, the respondents were represented by Shri B.M. Pradhan, Director and Appellate Authority and Shri K.N. Kittur, the PIO, SVNIRTAR. The Appellant, Er. Ranjan Das was present in person. Decision: The Commission has thought it appropriate to give a detailed account of this case as this seems to be symptomatic of the ailment which afflicts many of our educational institutions, and especially those of higher learning where, only because of professional jealousy and narrow mindedness, bright and enthusiastic students as well as the employees of the Institutions are prevented from acquiring higher degrees and qualifications which would only go to the benefit of the Institution concerned and the nation at large. Has this not indeed been one of the main reasons for ‘brain drain’ from this country? The Commission was astounded to learn of the fact that just to prevent a person of their own fraternity from acquiring a higher degree, the SVNIRTAR thought it appropriate to move to the Supreme Court only in an effort to prevent Shri Das from availing study leave to acquire a higher degree. Actually Shri Das getting admission into IIT should have been a moment of glory for the SVNIRTAR: instead they seem to have hounded the bright scholar and made all efforts to prevent him from going to IIT. Even if we grant that the grounds given by the Institute that Shri Das’s acquiring the M. Tech degree from IIT, Mumbai was not beneficial to the SVNIRTAR – which does not seem to be the case – was it a crime if Shri Das returned to his Institute with greater qualifications and wider experience after completing a course at IIT – certainly an Institute enjoying a much higher reputation than the SVNIRTAR ? On the other hand, Shri Das, at the hearing, produced a copy of the advertisement for the post of Director of the National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (SVNIRTAR) issued by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment which carried as an essential qualification a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering. Yet another advertisement produced by the Appellant at the hearing was that of his own Institute where the qualification required for one of the posts was a degree in Biomedical Engineering from a Recognized Univer sity/ reputed Training Institute adding that “post-graduation in the above field will be added advantage”. At the hearing, the Respondents were asked how, at all, Clause 8(1)(j) of the Act was attracted in this case because the information asked for by the Appellant was for himself. To this the Respondents had no reply. After listening to both the Parties the Commission hereby directs the Respondents to make accessible all records/documents/files/bonds pertaining to the study leave of Shri Das to him within 15 days of the issue of this order. The Commission further directs the Director of Institute, SVNIRTAR, to compensate the Appellant for having had to come to the Commission for the hearing by paying him the equivalent of AC-2 Tier fare from Cuttack to Delhi and back in addition to Rs.500/- for his local expenses in Delhi, within 21 days from the date of issue of this order. The Appellant is also free to approach the Commission in case all the documents he has asked for are not made available to him within the time prescribed by this order. The Commission ordered accordingly. Sd/- (O.P. Kejariwal) Information Commissioner Authenticated true copy: Sd/- (Pankaj K.P. Shreyaskar) Assistant Registrar
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