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  1. In a shocking and controversial decision, the Indian Government has waived off a large part of the Bond amount to be paid by Mr Javed Usmani, ex Chief Secretary UP and present CIC, UPSIC, The total Bond amount to be paid was Rs 24 Lakhs and it was reduced to Rs, 2.1 Lakhs only. The file notings of DoPT and the final decision of the government, are attached. (Please pay special attention to the "smart & intelligent" use of words in the file notings) FILE NOTINGS RELATED TO SRI USMANI.pdf FILE NOTINGS RELATED TO SRI USMANI P 2.pdf GOVT OF INDIA DECISION ON BOND WAIVER OF SRI USMANI .pdf
  2. Jawed Usmani’s appointment as CIC raises eyebrows #Lucknow #Uttar Pradesh Even before the official announcement of the name, the appointment of Former Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) chief secretary Jawed Usmani as chief information commissioner (CIC) of the UP State Information Commission has run into controversy. The choice of the 1978 IAS officer Usmani -currently posted as Chairman of UP Board of Revenue-was approved by the selection committee that met here under the chairmanship of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday. The decision, sources said, would now be forwarded to Governor Ram Naik for final stamp on the choice. According to the sources, Usmani’s final appointment may face hurdles on account of his post. A non-profit organization-Transparency, Accountability and Human Rights Initiative for Revolution’ (TAHRIR) has also sent a memorandum to the Governor warning him against Usmani, who is due to retire in 2016. “Possible involvement of awed Usmani in Hindalco coal Scam case as Central Bureau of Investigation had earlier decided to question Jawed Usmani, the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh and a former joint secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, regarding the controversial coal block allocation to Hindalco, though as a witness,” the memorandum says. Read More: Jawed Usmani?s appointment as CIC raises eyebrows - News18.com
  3. #Lucknow #Uttar Pradesh The Uttar Pradesh State Information Commission (UPSIC) slapped fine on 10 public officials of several state government departments for delaying information under the Right to Information Act (RTI). The commission- the RTI watchdog body of the state- has also recommended departmental action against nine other government officials found guilty for violating the norms laid down in the transparency act. Read at: UPSIC fines 10 government official for delaying information under RTI - News18.com
  4. [h=1]RTI activists up in arms against Uttar Pradesh info officers[/h] The RTI activists in Uttar Pradesh are up in arms against the state information commissioners (SIC) and are accusing them of holding back information to protect the government’s interests. The RTI activists, under the banner of half a dozen organisations, will be holding a demonstration on Sunday to protest against the attitude of the SICs and have even challenged them to an open debate. According to Sanjay Sharma, who heads the ‘Tehreer ‘ organisation and is a well known RTI activist, said that the state information commission was not acting as a custodian of people’s rights. “Instead, the nine SICs who have apparently been appointed for their political loyalties are busy withholding information and protecting the government.” He said that over 55,000 cases were pending with the state information commission which was indicative of the prevailing state of affairs. “There is no guideline for clearing a case within the time frame or even hearing it. This causes great inconvenience and the spirit of the RTI gets demolished,” he said. Read More: RTI activists up in arms against Uttar Pradesh info officers | The Asian Age
  5. UPSIC back to its old ways LUCKNOW: UP State Information Commission (UPSIC) turns deaf to applicants' woes. Information commissioners (ICs) are refusing to hear complaints filed under section 18 of the RTI Act. Surprisingly, ICs are going against the 2010 order of the then chief information commissioner (CIC), UP, Ranjit Singh Pankaj, which directed all ICs to register and hear complaints filed by applicants using the provisions of the Act. Copies of complaints procured by TOI show that either the ICs are refusing to hear the complaints or getting them converted into first appeals thus causing further delay to applicant's bid to obtain information. "Complaints are being converted into first appeal under section 19(1) of the Act and then sent to the first appeals authority of the department. Complaint is thus disposed of in the first hearing," said RTI activist Sanjay Sharma. In that case, if first appeals authority does not respond to the appeal, applicant has no option but to move second appeal to the commission and wait for hearing. ICs, however, have a different say. UPSIC gets more complaints than appeals. Since first appeals authority is almost redundant in UP, applicants do not file appeals but complaints to get information. The reason why some of the complaints, which were filed without filing appeals, were converted into appeals, says one of the ICs. Former information commissioner, UPSIC, Gyanendra Sharma, said, "Section 18 gives more powers to UPSIC than Section 19. It should be followed in letter and spirit. Using the powers Section 18 bestows, Public Information Officers (PIOs) should be summoned with all the information and the applicant should be provided the same before the complaint is disposed of." Section 18 empowers ICs to penalize officer for delaying information to the seeker, issue summons to authorities and also initiate inquiry if the need be. Read More: UPSIC back to its old ways - The Times of India
  6. The UP Government has issued an advertisement for the post of CIC and one IC in the UPSIC. The notification and application format is attached to this post. UP Ad for CIC and one IC in UPSIC.pdf
  7. As reported by IANS on thaiindian.com on 9 July 2008: Uttar Pradesh chief information commissioner faces probe (Lead) - Thaindian News Uttar Pradesh chief information commissioner faces probe (Lead) Lucknow, July 9 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh chief information commissioner Justice (retd) M.A. Khan was Wednesday debarred from performing his duties as Governor T.V. Rajeswar recommended to the Supreme Court to initiate an inquiry against him, officials said. Khan has been accused of misconduct and lack of capability to perform his duties, they added. Following a complaint by a panel of social activists, he was prohibited to attend his office till the inquiry was over, the officials added.
  8. The UP State Information Commission has started uplaoding orders on its website. They can be seen here: New Page 1
  9. As reported by Neha Shukla at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 13 December 2009 LUCKNOW: In a rare instance where a government organ has taken considerate view of an observation made by the UP State Information Commission (UPSIC), the state urban development department (UDD) has directed its officials to act speedily on inquiry reports/complaints concerning local bodies like nagar nigams and nagar palika parishads to ensure transparency in governance. Acting on the SIC observation, the department, by way of an order issued by its principal secretary Alok Ranjan, has also fixed a timeframe within which it has been made mandatory for the departmental officials to act on inquiry reports and complaints or else face disciplinary action. The principal secretary, in response to an UPSIC observation on a RTI complaint pertaining a local body of the UDD in February, ordered that ‘‘action on complaints of irregularities, anomalies and corruption against anyone in the local bodies and the department be ensured and inquiry reports be disposed off within a month’s time’’. The copy of the order has been forwarded to the commission. Information commissioner (IC) Gyanedndra Sharma had observed in a judgement that ‘‘there is hardly a timely action coming from the government on inquiry reports or complaints of corruption and anomalies concerning local bodies. More so because there is no timeframe fixed for disposal of such complaints and inquiry reports’’. Source: UDD acts on SIC order, tells babus to act on complaints - Lucknow - City - The Times of India
  10. As reported in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 24 August 2009: SCIC to directly hear RTI appeals concerning commission - Lucknow - City - NEWS - The Times of India SCIC to directly hear RTI appeals concerning commission LUCKNOW: The RTI complaints and appeals dealing with the State Information Commission and its nodal department -- administrative reforms department -- will be heard by the state chief information commissioner (SCIC) Ranjeet Singh Pankaj himself. The new SCIC, who was appointed on June 27 this year, has re-allocated the government departments and districts among the 10 information commissioners, including himself. Not only the information commission but other prominent offices and departments too have been put under the SCIC's jurisdiction. In fact, there are 21 such offices and departments which are under SCIC's authority. The appeals and complaints of RTI applicants regarding these 21 offices and departments will be heard by him. The offices of the governor and chief minister along with the lower and upper houses of state legislature too are in the list. The other offices which figure in the allocation are that of the cabinet secretary, chief secretary and director general of police. Before the new SCIC, these offices and departments were looked after by the acting SCIC Gyanendra Sharma. The prominent government offices and departments have traditionally been under SCIC's authority. Prior to Sharma, these offices and departments were under the authority of MA Khan, the then state chief information commissioner. The new SCIC will hear cases concerning home and related departments, police, appointments and personnel, estate, housing and development, public service commission, medical and health, medical education, environment, vigilance, food and civil supplies, UP freedom fighters welfare corporation and secretariat administration and local administration. The official order issued by the commission on August 13, also mentions that the SCIC will also take care of all other work which has been allocated to the information commissioners (ICs). The districts too have been allocated among the ICs. The SCIC, under the new order, will hear the matters concerning the districts of Ghaziabad, Hamirpur, Jhansi, Lakhimpur kheri and Mahoba. The other ICs have got between 7 and 12 departments dealing with urban development, basic and higher education, aviation, industrial development, irrigation, Lokayukta office, bridge corporation, power corporation, finance and secretariat, forest, agriculture, high court and others. The ICs will also look after the work allocated to them by the SCIC. Further, they will also hear the cases regarding the state directorates of the departments allocated to them. Besides, matters pertaining to the local bodies in the districts allocated to the ICs will be heard by the IC concerned.
  11. As reported in news.webindia123.com on 24 June 2009: SP boycots UP govt's meet over CIC selection under RTI SP boycots UP govt's meet over CIC selection under RTI The proposed meeting of Uttar Pradesh government to select the name of the candidate for the post of the state Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) under the Right to Information Act was again boycotted today by the Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Shivpal Singh Yadav. Earlier, UP Governor T V Rajeswar had rejected the name of retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Ram Kumar for the CIC post after it was not approved by the leader of the opposition. State Assembly leader of the opposition Shivpal Singh Yadav today met the Governor and pleaded him not to approve the name of any candidate selected by the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party government for the post of CIC or any Information Commissioner. Giving detail of his opposition on the selection procedure, Mr Yadav told mediapersons here that he had asked the government officials to give him the list of candidates along with the bio-data before the meeting. ''But the officials of the CM secretariate said that they would not be able to give the list'', he said. Mr Yadav said when the state government was not following the norms, then how could he attend the meeting. '' I had also written to the CM that the date of the meeting should be fixed only after giving me the list of the possible candidates for the post,'' he added. However, sources said the state government has once again sent some names for the CIC and one Information Commissioner to the Governor, but no official confirmation was made on the issue.
  12. As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 15 Jun 2009 LUCKNOW: The RTI Act is proving to be of great help to aggrieved pensioners. State Information Commission (SIC) has heard at least three such cases last week. The pensioners had complained that government departments they were drawing pension from have not responded to their RTI query. The pensioners had sought reply on why their pension was not getting credited to them. One of the complainants, 85 years old, Mankeshari Devi had sent an RTI application to basic shiksha adhikari (BSA) of Azamgarh but her application was not responded to. She had then filed her complaint with SIC. However, when her case was taken up for hearing on June 8, commission was told that her pension has been credited. She has not received the pension amount for four months. However, commission refused to take a lenient view of the logic put forth by the BSA that department did not have enough funds during the period. The commission has fixed next date of hearing for July 13 into the case. Another case heard on June 8 pertained to Subhash Chandra Arora, retired reader from IT College. The use of RTI Act helped him get his pension but he has complained that he was given no interest on delayed pension amount. Commission took strong note of the fact that his complaint was not heard by the first appeals authority. The commission has ordered that first appeals authority at chief secretary's office should listen to the complaint filed by Arora and intimate commission about that before July 13, the next date of hearing. The third matter heard on the same date concerned a complainant from Shravasti, who was a beneficiary under pension scheme for physically disabled people. The man complained that his pension has been abruptly stopped and when he inquired about it using the RTI Act he was denied information about that. Gyanendra Sharma, chief information commissioner (acting), UPSIC, has ordered the DM to provide account of complainant's pension. Source: RTI Act comes to the rescue of pensioners - Lucknow - Cities - The Times of India
  13. sunaabhsarkar

    Success hmmm... ???

    Hi Friends, Quite a while ago I had posted on this forum about RTI losing its teeth in UP. My case was against the CEO, PIO/ APIO at GNIDA [Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority] who were not only not willing to share but who have so far not shared correct relevant and certified information I had asked for. The case which came up for hearing seven times over a period of almost 18 months saw me shuttling between Delhi and Lucknow where UPSIC offices are located, two changes of Judges and one adjournment. The worst was when on one occassion I had to stay away from home on my daughter's birthday to attend the court , only to know that the cases had to be adjourned on that day because the Judge was on leave. I had written in one of these threads how wasted my day had felt on that day. It was quite a one sided matter with the GNIDA never bothering to defend themselves. Finally early in this month, when the case came up for hearing once again, the H'ble Judge pronounced maximum punishment permissible u/s 20[1] of RTI Act 2005 against the erring officials of GNIDA. Every one who heard of this had a thumbsup for me... at least the case had moved one step ahead. With the excitement over now.... :rolleyes: Punishment did I say??? How really does that matter anyway, for those officials sitting on a Goldmine? I have a few points to clarify.... when a punishment is awarded, how is it actually executed.... is it just the salaries which are deducted? Does the mention reflect into the personal records of the govt. employee? Does it affect the promotions and perks of the Govt. employee? I have been asked to appear again in December this year, which is an indication that the case is yet to be closed. The learned Judge has in his last orders in addition to pronouncing punishment, has directed the erring officials to provide the information i had asked for. I guess this means before the next hearing. What more punishment is in the cards if the PIO/ APIO and CEO do not provide me the answer before the next hearing? Govt officials in citadels of corruption are least affected by monetary fines, can I pray for Demotion and reimbursement of my TA/ DA and legal expences incurred in this regard? I guess the real success comes when all these are addressed....
  14. sunaabhsarkar

    IPOs payable to whom??

    Friends, my appeal in the UPSIC has been lingering on for soemtime now. The case has been heard for 7 times now, but, I have not been provied with any copies of the orders passed in these hearings. I'm told that there is a procedure for obtaing copies of the orders for a prescribed payment. But some how in the clatter clutter of daily life I some how cannot recollect to whom the IPOs need to be made payable. Any member who can enlighten me? Thanks in advance. S.S
  15. As reported by Neha Shukla of TNN in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 3 August 2008: SIC to introduce new regulations-Lucknow-Cities-The Times of India SIC to introduce new regulations LUCKNOW: The provisions of the Criminal Procedure Act have to be more strictly followed in issuing summons and slapping penalties on the erring Public Information Officers (PIOs). This was among the many suggestions made by RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal towards strengthening the Right to Information (RTI) Act in the state. Kejriwal met UP's Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Gyanendra Sharma on Friday. State Information Commission (SIC) has evolved a set of regulations with a purpose to expedite the functioning of the commission and dispose cases as soon as possible. "We discussed the regulations and he made some suggestions," said Sharma. The new regulations specify that applicants will have to be more restrained in voicing their complaints as the SIC will only consider appeals written in dignified language. Besides, the complaints/appeals will have to complete in all respects. The name and address of the complainant/applicant, name and address of the Public Information Officer (PIO) and the first appellate authority against whom appeal has been filed will have to be mentioned therein along with the reason behind the complaint/appeal. The new set of regulations have been posted on the official website of the UPSIC and recommendations have started pouring in. The regulations have been devised by the commission as deciding the functioning of the body is entirely its internal matter. "These regulations are defined in the Act but we wish to regularise these provisions", added the CIC. The commission will start following these new regulations shortly. Once these regulations come into force, even the old cases marked for further hearings will be dealt with in accordance with the new guidelines. The regulations have taken into consideration the common complaint that lot of applicants could not make to the hearing as they are not informed on time by the commission. With new regulations being implemented, applicants will have to be informed seven days in advance of the date of hearing. However, applicants wishing not to appear for the hearing will have to mention it clearly in their appeals/complaints. This will not defer the hearing and case will be disposed off on time. To give the commission a proper view into the matter, the applicant/complainant will have to attach self-attested copies of the applications submitted to the PIO along with the receipt of the fee deposited and of the order, if any, passed by the PIO on that application. A similar set of documents (concerning the first appellate authority) will have to be submitted if the appeal is against this official. Besides, all the complaints/appeals will have to contain a proper indexing of all the documents submitted to the commission. It is this regulation which is seeing maximum opposition and even Kejriwal did not favour it arguing that indexing will make the job difficult for the common man. The complainant/applicant will have to make it clear if he/she has not filed any prior appeal or complaint on the matter taken up by him/her in the commission along with documents which form the basis of his/her appeal or complaint. It will also be required of the applicant/complaint to submit the copy of appeal/complaint to the PIO against whom it is addressed and even this regulation has not won points with the people. However, the SIC will implement the new regulations only after people have a chance to study them and provide feedback.
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