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Hi everyone , i received response from first appellate authority to attend hearing which i have to travel from one state to other state. Can it possible if i reply to that rti response to request for video conferencing. Please all suggest.
Skhanamr posted a question in Ask for RTI Supporthi all, plz tell me i got a notice for second appeal hearing from CIC, New Delhi through Video conference by NIC my question is... 1. What's the overall procedure of this 2. what i should take their 3. i am not much educated i have a friend who filled and do all things on my behalf. can i appear in hearing with him and can he represent my case alongside with me, if yes then what is the procedure. will i have to inform CIC & Respondent before the date of hearing. if yes, then what will be the procedure and how i'll have to do this. 4. Kindly read point no 4 of this notice and tell me what does it mean in details i am unable to understand 5. can i asked for giving me compensation as i mentioned in my second appeal as i spend too much money for this Rti application (kindly read my 2nd appeal). if yes then how much should be it. rti second appeal.pdf[/color]
MusicalSoul posted a question in Ask for RTI SupportHello everybody! I had filed an application under the R.T.I. Act with the Chief Minister's Office of my State. The S.P.I.O. (Jt. Secretary) violated various provisions of the R.T.I. Act while providing the information to me. I filed my First Appeal with the F.A.A. (Principal Secretary) mentioning the mistakes of the S.P.I.O. in detail. I requested him to conduct a personal hearing in the case upon which I received the reply of Asst. Secretary on behalf of the F.A.A. on 09 April, 2013 i.e. just 3 days before the date of hearing informing me the date of hearing as 12 April, 2013 through which I am called to the Secretariat which is situated in the capital of my State and 200 kms. away from my city. I immediately sent a fax to the F.A.A. (Principal Secretary) on 09 April, 2013 to draw his attention towards the short notice of the Asst. Secretary and requested him to conduct the hearing through video-conferencing. The facility is available in my city's Collectorate as well as in the Secretariat of my State. I gave my phone number and E-mail address, as always, but still nobody bothered to reply. Today i.e. on 10 April, 2013, when I myself tried to contact the F.A.A. (Principal Secretary) on phone, his P.A. deliberately did not allow me to talk to him saying that my Appeal cannot be heard through video-conferencing and that I'll have to come to the Secretariat for the same. Further, despite making several calls, the P.A. kept on saying- "Sahab busy hain. Contact again". Then, on my 5th try, I asked the P.A. to call me whenever the F.A.A. is free but he did not call me. On contacting the Asst. Secretary, who sent me the notice for the First Appeal on behalf of the F.A.A., I was told that the video-conferencing facility is only meant for administrative officers and not for common people like me. There is no rule under the R.T.I. Act which says that an appeal should be heard through video-conferencing and "Personal hearing of Appeal" means physical presence of both parties. He said very rudely that he has informed me the date, time and place of hearing, now if I do not reach, it's upto me. I wanted to have a personal hearing in this case but I will not be going to the Secretariat for the same since I believe that it is my right to use the video-conferencing facility when it is available. Further, I believe that it is a deliberate attempt of the F.A.A. to harass me by calling me far away so that I may be put to stress and financial loss. Further, calling me on such a short notice of 3 days is also malicious. Please guide me with your valuable inputs as to how should I proceed further in the matter. Thanks & Regards.
Hi all, I need to attend the CIC in March for my second stage appeal. I want to attend through Video Conferencing. I stay in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Whom to be contacted. Any fee to be paid. How to inform the CIC. What is the procedure. Please inform Thank You,
As reported in indianexpress.com on 23 July 2010: Video conferencing at info panel in a month Video conferencing at info panel in a month The Punjab State Information Commission will start videoconferencing facility in a month. The necessary infrastructure has been provided by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and it will be started as soon as the required internet lines are put in place. The commission is trying to get another floor on rent to set up the facility, but in case that does not materialise, one of the courtrooms will be used for the purpose. Sources said the project would start from the border districts of Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Ferozepur. The deputy commissioners’ offices, which also have the required infrastructure set up by the NIC, will be used to run the facility. Punjab Chief Information Commission R I Singh, however, said a final decision on this had not been taken yet. Videoconferencing was a long pending demand of RTI activists and people from far-off areas, who faced difficulty in coming to the commission for hearings. To help these people, the RTI Federation of Punjab had appointed representatives to argue their cases. Earlier, the commission used to compile cases from one district and send a commissioner there for hearings. This practice, however, did not last long.
I have filed an appeal before cic which will be heard in this month only.I have requested for video conferencing but till now I havn't received any reply from cic. Shall I send them written arguments or there is no necessity
karira posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported in deccanchronicle.com on 27 June 2010: APIC launches new facility for RTI cases | Deccan Chronicle | 2010-06-27 APIC launches new facility for RTI cases Hyderabad, June 26: The Andhra Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) on Saturday launched a video conferencing facility through which it can hear appeals and dispose of cases from across the state. The state chief information commissioner, Mr C.D. Arha, inaugurating the facility, said the facility would eliminate the need for appellants and respondents (officials) to come all the way to the city for case hearings. The APIC conducts 600 hearings on an average per month in Right to Information (RTI) cases. It would use the AP State Wide-Area Network (APSWAN) for the conferencing. “We are probably the first state to launch this facility which will ensure speedy disposal of appeals,” Mr Arha said. The CIC said the APIC had been a pioneer in launching initiatives for effective implementation of the RTI Act.
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.
sidmis posted a topic in RTI in MediaVideo conferencing way to clear backlog: RTI chief as appeared in Yahoo! News, Sun, Oct 5 New Delhi, Oct 5 (IANS) Decentralising the Central Information Commission (CIC) is not the way to clear the pending backlog of appeals and complaints, says India's Right to Information (RTI) chief. 'I don't think decentralizing is the answer. Video conferencing is a better option and will work far better,' Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah told IANS. 'If we decentralize, we will have to set up offices, arrange accommodation and other facilities like transport for the information commissioners and for that also a huge amount of money will have to be spent,' he added. The Right To Information Act was passed by parliament in 2005 for promoting transparency and accountability in the system. According to Habibullah, 'decentralization would also lead to breakdown of coordination between Public Information officers.' 'The RTI Act emphasises the use of electronic means, and video conferencing is a revolutionary system of information technology. For RTI, the next step at CIC is the introduction of video conferencing, which is inexpensive and quite efficient,' he said. 'Earlier we were using the video conferencing facility at the National Informatics Centre. But it was not always available due to which a lot of our hearings were cancelled,' Habibullah explained. He said that video conferencing facility was available now at one of the CIC offices. 'We have divided time between all information commissioners at the office to use that facility. I am slowly looking towards all information commissioners having their own video conferencing facility so that they don't even have to use it by turn,' Habibullah added. He further stated that whenever there is a huge backlog of cases at a particular place, the information commissioners travel to those places for a few days and hold hearings. 'Chandigarh and Puducherry are just some of the examples,' Habibullah added. 'The future step could be installation of video conferencing at all ministry offices so that they don't even have to come to the office and instead they can attend the hearing while sitting in their offices.' 'In fact, the commission has already recommended to the government to provide video conferencing facility to all secretaries in their ministries which would save both time and resources,' another CIC official said. Asked about applicants coming from faraway places to attend a hearing at the CIC office here, Habibullah said: 'We have also taken care of that and asked them to attend hearings through video conferencing available at the district level'. Agreeing with Habibullah's views, Magsaysay award winner and RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal said: 'I agree with Habibullah's view about using technology for RTI in the country. However, video conferencing would still have its limitations, as infrastructure would be needed. 'Instead audio conferencing will ensure that public money is saved and it would also be easier for the appellants. Information commissioners like O.P. Kejriwal have started using audio conferencing.' 'In the case of video conferencing, applicants still have to travel to the nearby district headquarters. However, in case of audio conferencing they will have to just go to the nearby telephone booth,' Arvind Kejriwal said. However, some RTI activists still feel that decentralization of CIC will help. Pune-based RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar told IANS: 'Definitely, decentralisation will help. There is a lot of problems in video conferencing, as rural areas don't have any such facility.' Asked about the financial burden on the government in opening CIC offices at other places in the country, Kumbhar said: 'I don't think that there would be any financial burden on the government.' Video conferencing way to clear backlog: RTI chief - Yahoo! India News
sidmis posted a topic in RTI in MediaVideo conferencing for outstation RTI applicants [of Maharastra] AS reported by Aneesh Phadnis, Economic Times, TNN Right To Information applicants in the state have reason to cheer. From next month the state information commission will use video conferencing facilities to hear RTI appeals filed by those based outside Mumbai. The state's chief information commissioner , Suresh Joshi, confirmed the move and said it will result in saving travel cost and time. "Both the applicant and information officer will not have to leave their city. In Mumbai we can use the video conferencing facilities in Mantralaya or the new administrative building. The applicant need not travel to Mumbai, but will have to visit his area's divisional commissioners' office which has video conferencing facilities. As usual, we will issue notices of the hearing to all parties," Joshi said. The Central Information Commission , which is based in New Delhi and is the appellate authority for issues relating to the central government, hears cases using video conferencing. Joshi said he tried introducing video conferencing about two 1months ago, but came across some problem in the system. "I have spoken to the IT department regarding the issue," he added. The information commission, which was constituted three years ago, has commissioners in Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad, besides Mumbai . Till date, 27,000 appeals have been filed with the commission. Of these, about 15,000 are pending, the most being 3,500 applications from Pune. Joshi has also proposed a second post of an information commissioner in Pune. However, Joshi has so far been unable to get the posts of information commissioners appointed in Nashik and Amravati. The government sanctioned these two posts a year and half ago, but has not even selected candidates for the post. The government had shortlisted V N Deshmukh, former chairperson of MPSC, for the post in Amravati, but he was reluctant to accept. There was also a move to depute the information commissioner from Nagpur to Nashik but that too got shelved. RTI activist Shailesh Gandhi welcomed the move to use video conferencing for appeals, but cautioned that it was a peripheral issue. "The real issue before the state information commission is to clear its pendency and it should focus on it rather than sidetracking it," he said. Video conferencing for outstation RTI applicants-Quickies -Features-The Economic Times