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    Maharashtra quietly amends its RTI Rules


    On 16 Jan 2012 and 30 Jan 2012, Maharashtra quietly amended the RTI Rules.

    1. RTI application only 150 words
    2. RTI application on one single subject matter
    3. During "inspection", applicant only allowed to carry pencil

    The Gazette notifications are attached to this post.


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    Breaking news : Rti maharashtra rules amended in jan 2012!


    Copied from email received from Krishnaraj Rao, a leading activist from Mumbai

    30 March 2012, Mumbai: There has been a startling breach of trust and public confidence by Govt of Maharashtra. Without any public debate, the government has quietly notified an amendment to Maharashtra RTI Rules on 16th January 2012. See Notified Maharashtra RTI Rules Amendment Jan 2012.pdf - File Shared from Box - Free Online File Storage

    Shockingly, we did not even learn this from any government source such as a public notice in the dailies. Nor was it told to any RTI activist many of whom are in regular touch with Mantralaya. We were informed by our RTI Union member Advocate Vinod Sampat, who saw this notification in the March edition of a publication he purchased outside City Civil Court. After reading it, we are left no doubt as to the authenticity of the notification and the amendment.

    THE AMENDMENT SAYS:

    (i) Request for information must nor ordinarily exceed 150 words

    (ii) Request for information must relate to one subject matter only. If necessary, separate applications must be made if it relates to more than one.

    (iii) Public Information Officer (PIO) must allow the person inspecting the documents to take a pencil only. All other writing instruments must be deposited with the PIO.
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    This is a very bad one. This will spread over to other states. Before that we have to take some steps to stay the said notification.

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    MAHARASHTRA KILLS RTI ACT - sum and substance of the amendment and final result...
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    "Indifference & Corruption, India's 2 most threatening malady"

    "The Suppression of Documents deprives the Indian Public of Information it needs in order to Evaluate the Wisdom of Government Policy, to Hold Officials Accountable for their Decisions and to Ensure that the Mistakes and Abuses of the Past are Not Repeated in the Future."

    प्रत्येक लोकशाहि राष्ट्रात विधिमंडळ महत्त्वाची कामगिरी बजावित असते.आपण स्विकारलेल्या संसदीय लोकशाही शासन पद्धतीमध्ये भारतीय संविधानातील तरतुदींनुसार विधिमंडळाचे काम म्हणजे सरकार बनविणे, सरकारला योग्य प्रकारे वागायला लावणे व प्रसंगी सरकार बदलणे, सरकारी कामकाजावर देखरेख ठेवणे, सरकारी कारभारात गैरप्रकार आढळ्ल्यास त्याबद्दल जाब विचारणे इत्यादी विधिमंडळाची कामे आहेत.


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    Maharashtra is the only state in India. where citizen are paying taxes much higher then any other state of the country. & tax collection is also higher but look at this what citizen gets in return back stabbing by the government of Maharashtra.

    can we ask U/S 4(1)(d) of the RTI Act 2005 to the Governor of Maharashtra about this decision?

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    Members,
    Going to meet leader of opposition and present the point of amendment in RTI act on behalf of all the RTI activists and request him to have a debate in the ongoing assembly in maharashtra. If any members want to join me for the meeting, send me a private message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natarajan.k View Post
    Members,
    Going to meet leader of opposition and present the point of amendment in RTI act on behalf of all the RTI activists and request him to have a debate in the ongoing assembly in maharashtra. If any members want to join me for the meeting, send me a private message.
    Great!, Pl. do it.
    Today they set for 150 words, tomorrow may amend to 150 characters....These demagogues suffocate the very cause of RTI. They amend even without a discussion! What is happening to the elected representatives?
    Exercise your Right To get Information by holding Govt. accountable to the governed.
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    democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of information which are vital to its functioning and also to contain corruption and to hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed".

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    Quote Originally Posted by aslamkhan View Post
    can we ask U/S 4(1)(d) of the RTI Act 2005 to the Governor of Maharashtra about this decision?

    Governor has nothing to do with this. It is the GAD - the nodal department for RTI in Maharashtra.
    You can file a RTI application (under Sec 6(1)) and ask for a inspection of the entire file.
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    Is the Govt / Framing Department not required to put the public on notice that they intend to make so and so amendments and to seek objections and suggestions from the affected public ?
    The Notification can be challenged in the High Court if the Govt refuses to take back the notification .
    This is deplorable .

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    As reported by Ashutosh Shukla in dnaindia.com on 31 March 2012:
    Activists see red over Maharashtra govt move to amend RTI rules - Mumbai - DNA

    Activists see red over Maharashtra govt move to amend RTI rules


    As more and more scams come tumbling out of the closet by the day, courtesy the Right to Information (RTI), the Maharashtra government has made a move to amend RTI rules.

    As per a notification, dated January 16, which is floating around on emails, an applicant can ask questions only on a single subject matter and his application cannot exceed 150 words. Besides, during inspection, a person can carry only a pencil along with him.

    Say, for instance, you have filed an RTI application with the building proposal department. If a part of the reply involves the building construction department as well, chances are that the authorities may ask you to file a separate RTI application.

    RTI activists in the city have dubbed this move an “absolute breach of trust”. The clause of the ‘single subject matter’, in particular, has left them worried. “It was done only to scuttle the RTI Act. They did not even bother to tell us,” , alleged RTI activist Krishnaraj Rao. “Instead of appointing commissioners, the government is more interested in destroying the Act,” said GR Vora, who has started a signature campaign against the move.

    “Many scams have come out of the closet of the government. This is being done only to hide them,” alleged Bhaskar Prabhu, another RTI activist. VK Sampat, an advocate, also slammed the move.

    Nandukmar Jantre, former under-secretary, general administration department, confimed having prepared the notification. “It was cleared by the CM in January,” said Jantre.

    Each state is allowed to make rules to ensure the smooth functioning of the RTI Act, 2005.

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