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  • vsprajan's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Sections 19(8)(a),22 of the RTI act, 2005, read with Sections 14,25 of the General Clauses Act, 1897 statutorily empowers the commission to recover those penalties which have been upheld by the higher judicial forum, though the procedure known to law. Hence, the commission need not depend on DOPT in this regard.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    > You can seek a photocopy of all the tenders and contracts pertaining to the making and digging of the said road. > Please note that drafting queries for seeking information is the most skilful part of drafting a RTI application, one can seek all the information that one requires merely by rephrasing one's questions in such a way that it points towards documents held by a Public Authority. Any act or omission of the work supposed to be done by Govt. is defined by the documents held by a Public Authority, and therefore the answers to almost all the questions that you have in mind can certainly be found in the documents held by Public Authority. Kindly refer to the following link to learn more about it: Drafting queries for seeking information under RTI Act. > Download Maharashtra RTI forms from the following link: Maharashtra RTI Forms. > Also, please refer to the following links to learn more about RTI process: RTI Act offers three levels to obtain a required information. Flow of a RTI application, once having been filed. Time limits under which I will get the information.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    > Drafting queries for seeking information is the most skilful part of drafting a RTI application, one can seek all the information that one requires merely by rephrasing one's questions in such a way that it points towards documents held by a Public Authority. Any act or omission of the work supposed to be done by Govt. is defined by the documents held by a Public Authority, and therefore the answers to almost all the questions that you have in mind can certainly be found in the documents held by Public Authority. Kindly refer to the following link to learn more about it: Drafting queries for seeking information under RTI Act.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    Sunil Ahya replied to a thread Patta delayed in Ask for RTI Query
    If you have applied for patta, and your patta application has been delayed, then you can file a RTI application to seek information on the 'action taken status' of your patta application. Please refer to the blog on the following link for more: Long Pending ?
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    Sunil Ahya replied to a thread Information in Ask for RTI Query
    Have you filed a RTI application and the PIO has denied the information ? If you have not filed the RTI application, then, Kindly do not worry about the exemptions at the stage of filing a RTI application, as reasoned below: As per section 7(1): A PIO is supposed to either provide the information on payment of such fee as may be prescribed or reject the request for any of the reasons specified in sections 8 and 9. As per section 19(5): In any appeal proceedings, the onus to prove that a denial of a request was justified shall be on the PIO who denied the request. And furthermore as per section 6(2): An applicant making request for information shall not be required to give any reason for requesting the information or any other personal details except those that may be necessary for contacting him. Therefore given the provisions of section 7(1) read with section 19(5) and further read with section6(2): The onus i.e. the burden of proof, for either providing or not providing the information is on the PIO who approves or declines a request for information, and, The onus is not on any RTI applicant to justify or give reasons for having sought an information, irrespective of whether such information is disclosable or exempt under RTI Act. Thus, for the above given reasons, you as a RTI applicant need not worry about exemptions, at the stage of filing a RTI application itself. Kindly go ahead, file a RTI application and seek all the information that you may require, let the PIO decide as to whether the information is disclosable or exempt under RTI Act and reply accordingly, study the PIO's reply and if you are not satisfied with the PIO's response, you are always at the liberty to file a first appeal against a PIO's such a decision.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    Sunil Ahya replied to a thread RTI info in Ask for RTI Query
    Dear Member, > Thane is a city, and PIO's are never designated (appointed) for the entire city, but they are designated (appointed) separately by and for each Public (Govt.) Authority. > For Example: Police has its own PIOs, similarly, Municipality has its own PIOs, Railways has its own PIOs etc. > You would like to file a RTI application with which Public Authority ? Police, RTO, Municipality, Stamp-Duty Authority, Railways, Income-Tax, Sales-Tax .. ?
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    > You may file a RTI application with the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the Public (Govt.) Authority with which the said Education Society is registered and seek a photocopy of the complete file containing documents and plans pertaining to the said society. Once you obtain a photocopy of the documents through RTI, study them, and hopefully you should find the answers to all your questions in the documents so obtained under RTI. > Kindly refer to the following links: How to make an effective RTI application. Guide to drafting a good RTI application.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Kindly refer to the following links: How to locate PIO under RTI Act - A Guide. Bihar RTI Rules, Fees, Bihar SIC details and useful websites
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Also, kindly refer to the following links to learn more about it: RTI Act offers three levels to obtain a required information. Flow of a RTI application, once having been filed. Time limits under which I will get the information.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    You may either engage a lawyer or file a RTI application with the concerned Public (Govt.) Authority to seek a photocopy of the Rules, as follows: To, The Public Information Officer (PIO), Name of the Public Authority, Address of the Public Authority. Description of Information Required: 1. Please provide a certified photocopy of Rules, Regulations, Circular, Policy, Guidelines, Government Resolution (GR), Provision in an Act or any other such provisions in a law for the time being in force, wherein has been noted the criteria & procedure for change in a patta, from old to new names joint patta (1825) survey no.( 119 2B12)]. Also, please refer to the following link: State RTI Rules for Fees & Formats - A Guide.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Sunil Ahya replied to a thread status of fir in Ask for RTI Query
    > If you have filed a FIR with the police station and you would like to know its action taken status with the help of RTI, then kindly file a RTI application as follows: To, The Public Information Officer (PIO), Name of the concerned Police Station, Address of the concerned Police Station. > Your RTI application will have to be as per your State Govt's RTI Rules, kindly refer to the following link: State RTI Rules for Fees & Formats - A Guide. > For help on drafting a RTI application for the purpose, kindly refer to the following link: Download - RTI application template for seeking information on action taken status.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    > Please be aware that the facts of each case are different (i.e. in your particular case you were the director of the company until 2009 and that you are seeking a copy of ITR for the year 2005-06 when you were a director with the company at that point in time) and as such the afore-mentioned court judgment may not be directly applicable to the facts of your case. > Kindly do not worry about the exemptions at the stage of filing a RTI application, as reasoned below: As per section 7(1): A PIO is supposed to either provide the information on payment of such fee as may be prescribed or reject the request for any of the reasons specified in sections 8 and 9. As per section 19(5): In any appeal proceedings, the onus to prove that a denial of a request was justified shall be on the PIO who denied the request. And furthermore as per section 6(2): An applicant making request for information shall not be required to give any reason for requesting the information or any other personal details except those that may be necessary for contacting him. Therefore given the provisions of section 7(1) read with section 19(5) and further read with section6(2): The onus i.e. the burden of proof, for either providing or not providing the information is on the PIO who approves or declines a request for information, and, The onus is not on any RTI applicant to justify or give reasons for having sought an information, irrespective of whether such information is disclosable or exempt under RTI Act. Thus, for the above given reasons, you as a RTI applicant need worry about exemptions, at the stage of filing a RTI application itself. Kindly go ahead, file a RTI application and seek all the information that you may require, let the PIO decide as to whether the information is disclosable or exempt under RTI Act and reply accordingly, study the PIO's reply and if you are not satisfied with the PIO's response, you are always at the liberty to file a first appeal against a PIO's such a decision.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    > There is no harm in filing a RTI application, simply file one and find out for yourself. Let the PIO respond to the RTI application (please note that you may have to wait for 35 to 40 days to receive a response from the PIO). Once you receive the response from the PIO, come back to the forum and the members will guide you further. > Kindly refer to the following links: Guide to drafting a good RTI application. RTI Act offers three levels to obtain a required information. Flow of a RTI application, once having been filed. Time limits under which I will get the information.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Sunil Ahya replied to a thread Realeated job in Ask for RTI Query
    > If the said organisation employs more than 100 workmen and is an Industrial Establishment, kindly obtain a photocopy of the Standing Order, wherein you will find all the relevant rules pertaining to conditions of employment. > Kindly file a RTI application as follows: To, The Public Information Officer (PIO), The Certifying Officer, Labour Commissioner / Regional Labour Commissioner, Address of the Labour Commissioner / Regional Labour Commissioner's Office. Description of Information Required: 1. Please provide a certified photocopy of the standing orders as finally certified under the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946, filed by the Certifying Officer in a register in the prescribed form maintained for the purpose. > Also refer to the blog on the following link: Guide to drafting a good RTI application.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    If I understand it correctly, one second appeal has been jointly filed for two separate RTI applications, right ? If that is the case, ideally a separate second appeal should have been filed for each of the two separate RTI applications, in other words, two separate second appeals for two separate RTI applications. However this is merely a technical formality matter, and practically, if an IC wishes to, he can ignore such minor technical issues and ask the appellant to make formal corrections at the time of clubbed second appeal hearing proceeding, or alternately the Registry of the IC can write back to the appellant and ask him to make the required corrections.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Sunil Ahya replied to a thread ec in Ask for RTI Query
    There is no harm in filing a RTI application, simply make an application under RTI Act and find out for yourself. Let the PIO decide and respond to your application accordingly (you will have to wait for 35 days for a response from the PIO). You may then come back to the forum with the PIO's response and the members will guide you further.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    You wish to seek information under High Court Rules or under High Court RTI Rules ?
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    R/ Prasadji, I was aware of the queries, Although the information sought is in the form of seeking photocopies from the record held by the PA, If for the sake of argument one were to accept the PIO's contention that they are in a way in the nature of seeking question / answers, then too, the PIO cannot take that as a ground for declining the request for information, and the said CIC decisions can help add that aspect to the grounds of appeal. For example: Grounds of Appeal: 1. The information sought is in the material form i.e. photocopy of the documents from the record held by the PA, and as such it is very much within the ambit of the definition of information as given in section 2(f) of the RTI Act. 2. However, even if for the sake of argument, it were to be believed that the information sought is in the nature of queries as suggested by the PIO in his response Dated: XXXX, yet the PIO cannot decline the request for information on that ground, please refer to the following decisions for the same (enclosed herewith this appeal for reference): Case No. CIC/SS/A/2012/000395 Dated: 17.05.2012 Case No. CIC/SS/C/2013/000104 Dated: 28.01.2014
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    You can file a RTI application to seek information on the action taken on your duplicate licence application. Kindly refer to the blog on the following link: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/blogs/jps50/69-any-thing-pending-govt.html
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Also, base your grounds of first appeal on the following CIC decisions (enclose a copy of these CIC decisions with your appeal): CIC Decision - Why, What does not debar an applicant - CIC/SS/A/2012/000395, 17.5.2012 CIC Decision - Why, What does not debar an applicant - CIC/SS/C/2013/000104, 28.1.2014
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    You may try three things: 1. Initiate proceedings under section 191 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), or, 2. File a complaint under section 18 of the RTI Act with the concerned Information Commission, and pray for proceedings u/s. 20(1) & (2). 3. If you have completed the first appeal proceedings u/s. 19(1) of the RTI Act, then you can file a Second Appeal u/s. 19(3) of the RTI Act, and pray for proceedings u/s. 20(1) & (2).
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  • vsprajan's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Activists has to force the commission to do it by filing RTI applications asking for: (a) Total amount of penalty levied on PIOs for the period from ... to ... which has attained finality in law. (b) Total amount of penalty recovered for the period from .........to ........which has attained finality in law. (c) Total amount of penalty not-recovered for the period from ........to ........which has attained finality in law. (d) Certified copies of the complaints filed by the commission before the jurisdictional magistrate court with regard to offence committed under 175 IPC by the errant PIOs by not paying the penalty levied by the commission, which has attained finality in law. (e) If no info is available for para.d, then the certified copies of the records containing the information or reasons recorded under section 4(1)d regarding the same. If one pursues at least up to second appeal, in this issue, the commission will be forced to initiate administrative reforms towards the recovery of penalty which has attained finality in law.
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  • vsprajan's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    The penalty, levied by the information commission, which has attained finality in law, and which is not paid by the errant PIO then it also amounts to the contempt of the lawful authority of public servants, which is an offence under IPC, for which CrPC provisions can be invoked by filing a complaint before the jurisdictional magistrate court, by the registrar of the information commission.
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  • vsprajan's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    In continuation of my previous post, I further mention the following - When the legislature, by an express provision in a statute confers the power of levying penalty to a tribunal, then it is implicit in that provision that all incidental and ancillary powers to effectuate such provision, in a manner authorized by law, is also provided to such tribunal. It is not the intention of the legislature that even after levying the penalty as per the provisions of the statute (RTI act, 2005 in this case) , the penalty so imposed is rendered to nullity, by the non-recovery of such penalty. Hence, on a prima-facie satisfaction of the information commission that the penalty which has attained finality in law, is not recovered, it is always open for the commission to lodge complaint before the jurisdictional magistrate court, for invoking necessary powers under the general clauses act and CrPC to recover such penalty through a procedure, known to law.
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  • vsprajan's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    With regard to the recovery of the penalty imposed by the Information commission, which has not been stayed or nullified by higher judicial forum, though the information commission have no powers of CrPC, the information commission is free to lodge complaint before the jurisdictional magistrate court, through the registrar of the Information commission, so that the provisions of the general clauses act related to the recovery of fines can be invoked by the jurisdictional magistrate court on the errant PIO. Also, as per the provision in the Section 25 of General Clauses Act dealing with the recovery of fine, it is explicitly stated that SUCH PROCEDURE IS APPLICABLE SHALL APPLY TO ALL FINES IMPOSED UNDER ANY ACT, REGULATION, RULE OR BYE-LAW unless the Act, Regulation, rule or bye-law, WHICH OBVIOUSLY Includes RTI ACT, 2005.
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  • jj99's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Online Application Submission I will comment what karriaji has said in one of the post (cic admin ) ( left hand never knows what right has done ) this above link is working
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Just politely tell the Manager that there is no provision in the RTI Act to withdraw the application, and quietly wait for 35 days from the date of receipt of your RTI application by the PIO. If you do not receive a response within that time, then file a first appeal under RTI Act with the concerned First Appellate Authority. In the meanwhile, you may also write to the Banks Help-Desk or register a complaint with their Helpline.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    It would be legally wrong or ethically wrong ?
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    > Kindly write a polite letter based on the facts of the case to the senior of the Branch Manager (be very brief, precise & point-wise). > I am not sure if a bank is obliged to disclose the reasons for approval or non-approval of a loan to an applicant. Have you applied under a Govt. scheme which mandates a bank to provide loan to a Mtech NIT WARANGAL student? > Why have you not applied for a loan to another Nationalised Bank ?
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Sunil Ahya replied to a thread RTI enquiry in Ask for RTI Query
    Please refer to the following link: Bihar RTI Rules, Fees, Bihar SIC details and useful websites.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Sunil Ahya replied to a thread Find PIO in Ask for RTI Query
    > Please note that while addressing a RTI application, the following details areRequired: To, The Public Information Officer (PIO) Required Name of the PIO Optional / Not Required. Any other post / designation that a PIO may be holding (e.g. Manager, Commissioner, Engr, Secretary etc.) Optional / Not Required. Name of the Department Preferably should be mentioned, but Not Required Name of the Public Authority (PA) Required Address of the PA Required
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Sunil Ahya replied to a thread Noc in Non RTI Issues
    Yes, a soldier is very much a citizen of India and can file a Public Interest Litigation (i.e. a writ petition) before a court of law. However, please be aware that filing a PIL would require you to follow laid down court procedures like drafting a Synopsis, Grounds of Petition on the basis of facts of the case and relevant provisions in a law, Prayers of Petition, Payment of appropriate Court Fees, Removing objections raised by the Court Registry, arguing before a Judge for getting the Petition admitted, arguing before the Judge once the Petition is so admitted etc. Therefore you should either be able and willing to follow the court procedure by yourself, else you need to appoint a public spirited lawyer for the purpose.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Have you filed a RTI application? Are you aggrieved by the PIO's response? Have you exercised your rights to file a first and second appeal under the RTI Act ? Please refer to the following links to learn more about it: RTI Act offers three levels to obtain a required information. Flow of a RTI application, once having been filed. Time limits under which I will get the information.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    The present state of affairs is all about struggling to get the required information in the first place, Delay in obtaining etc. are completely inconsequential at the moment. The point is have you received the required information ?
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Sunil Ahya replied to a thread first appeal in Ask for RTI Query
    Please refer to the following links to learn about how to move the RTI process forward: RTI Act offers three levels to obtain a required information. Flow of a RTI application, once having been filed. Time limits under which I will get the information.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Please refer to the following links to learn more about it: RTI Act offers three levels to obtain a required information. Flow of a RTI application, once having been filed. Time limits under which I will get the information.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Have you filed a RTI or a Complaint ? Can you please upload your RTI application, Complaint, PIO's response etc. on the forum (you may remove personal details) ?
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Dear Member, Welcome to www.rtiindia.org Can you clarify, as to parking permissions in which spaces - private locality (e.g. housing societies, commercial complex etc.) or public locality (e.g. public roads, govt. office compound etc.)?
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Dear Member, Can you please clarify as to what do you mean by low standard 'sausage' wire? So that the members can help you draft appropriate queries for seeking the required information.
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  • vsprajan's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    With regard to the incidental and ancillary powers of the information commission to ensure the realization of the penalty, levied under Section 20(1) of the RTI act, 2005, I hereby place on record the relevant portion - para.18 of the judgement of the Supreme court in - Sakiri Vasu vs State Of U.P. And Others on 7 December, 2007. Para 18.- It is well-settled that when a power is given to an authority to do something it includes such incidental or implied powers which would ensure the proper doing of that thing. In other words, when any power is expressly granted by the statute, there is impliedly included in the grant, even without special mention, every power and every control the denial of which would render the grant itself ineffective. Thus where an Act confers jurisdiction it impliedly also grants the power of doing all such acts or employ such means as are essentially necessary to its execution. Hence, being well settled in law that when a power is conferred by a statute, it also includes all the incidental and ancillary powers to effectuate such power, as reinforced by the aforementioned portion of the judgement, the information commission has no valid and tenable excuse or reasons in law for being lax with regard to the realization of fines levied under the RTI act, 2005. Hence an activist can also file an application to get information on - the progress made on the administrative side of the commission to recover the penalties so levied under the rti act, 2005. If no progress is made, then the reasons recorded therein under section 4(1)d of the rti act can be asked.
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  • vsprajan's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Based on post no.3, any activist can file RTI to information commission, asking for the total no. of cases in which sections 14(1),(2) of the General Clauses Act, 1897 were invoked for the recovery of the fines so levied, based on the judicial recognition given by the supreme court in para.26 in Appeal (crl.) 1375 of 2007.
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  • vsprajan's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    The Information commissioner failed to recognize the provision given under Section 25 of the General Clauses Act, 1897 which provides statutory mechanism to recover fines, which have not been nullified or stayed by higher judicial forum. General Clauses Act, 1897 is applicable to all central acts, and the rules and regulations formed under the central acts. Section 25 read with Sections 14(1),(2) of the General Clauses Act, 1897 empowers the information commission to recover the fines so levied whose recovery have not been stayed or nullified by higher judicial forum, by filing a complaint before the jurisdictional magistrate court towards the non-recovery of the fine from the errant public information officer. 14 Powers conferred to be exercisable from time to time. — (1) Where, by any or Regulation made after the commencement of this Act, any power is conferred , then that power may be exercised from time to time as occasion requires. (2) This section applies also to all and Regulations made on or after the fourteenth day of January, 1887. Section 25 Recovery of fines - —Sections 63 to 70 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860) and the provisions of the 48 Code of Criminal Procedure for the time being in force in relation to the issue and the execution of warrants for the levy of fines shall apply to all fines imposed under any Act, Regulation, rule or bye-law, unless the Act, Regulation, rule or bye-law contains an express provision to the contrary. said notification is specifically superseded or withdrawn or modified under the new notification The above provision was judicially recognized by the supreme court in CASE NO.: Appeal (crl.) 1375 of 2007 : SHANTI LAL vs STATE OF M.P DATE OF JUDGMENT: 08/10/2007 In para 26 of the aforementioned case, the supreme court held -" Though Section 25 of the General Clauses Act, 1897 was not referred to in Bashiruddin Ashraf, in our opinion, bare reading of the said provision also makes it explicitly clear and leaves no room for doubt that Sections 63 to 70, IPC and the provisions of CrPC relating to award of imprisonment in default of payment of fine would apply to all cases wherein fines have been imposed on an offender unless the Act, Regulation, Rule or Bye-law contains an express provision to the contrary." Hence, the information commission is not powerless to recover the fines levied under RTI act, 2005.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    > Kindly avoid an emotional approach as far as possible, and meticulously focus on the merits of the RTI application. Please be aware that a PIO's decision is not the final word in a given matter and that as a RTI Applicant you have an access to three tier hierarchical system by way of first and then second appeal under the RTI Act, And so keep moving forward technically (without emotions) by way of appeals until you obtain the required information. > Keep focus primarily on obtaining the required information, and the objective of penalisation merely incidental to that primary objective.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Also, please refer to the blog on the following link: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/blogs/ambrish-p/641-pf-account-details.html
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    > Please note that drafting queries for seeking information is the most skilful part of drafting a RTI application, one can seek all the information that one requires merely by rephrasing one's questions in such a way that it points towards documents held by a Public Authority. Any act or omission of the work supposed to be done by Govt. is defined by the documents held by a Public Authority, and therefore the answers to almost all the questions that you have in mind can certainly be found in the documents held by Public Authority. Kindly refer to the following link to learn more about it: Drafting queries for seeking information under RTI Act. > Also, please remember that RTI will only help you get the information and if the Public Authority (PA) happens to take any action on the subject matter, it is purely incidental. Having filed a RTI, and having obtained the required information, if it reveals any act or omission on the part of the PA , then the remedy to that act or omission would lie by way of invoking other laws, for example by filing a Writ Petition before the appropriate court of law.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Moreover, for the purpose of disclosure under the RTI Act, by virtue of the use of term compensation in section 4(1)(b)(x) of the Act, the disclosure would include even Traveling Allowance excluded in the definition of the term 'wages' under EC Act, and similarly it would include even Bonus, Pension or Provident Fund / Gratuity which has been excluded in the definition of term 'wages' under the ID Act, 1947. In other words, people have a right to know where each of its penny / paisa is being spent, and that would be the correct interpretation of the letter & spirit of the section 4(1)(b)(x) of the RTI Act.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    > Regulations are always based on the provisions of the relevant & applicable parent Act enacted by a Legislature, for instance: Section 2(m) of the Employees Compensation Act defines wages as: Section 2(rr) of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 defined wages as: > Let the Public Authority explicitly state which Act is applicable to them, what is the definition of wages / salary as per that Act, and what are the regulations made under such an Act.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    By the way, if there is mistake in entering the marital status as married, then correspondingly a 'Name of the Spouse' too has to be entered into the passport, what has been entered into by the passport authorities in that field ? There seems to be a prima facie error here, kindly get in touch with the Passport Call Centre on 1800-258-1800 (Toll Free) and seek their help and advice on how to go about getting it corrected. Link: Passport Call Centre Details.
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  • Sunil Ahya's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Co-operative Societies are not directly covered under the RTI Act, but nevertheless you can seek all the information that you may require from a Co-operative Society, and all that you have to do is to file (route) your application addressed to the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the Office of the concerned Registrar of Co-operative Societies where the Society in question is registered. Kindly go through some earlier discussions in the thread on the following link to learn more about it: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/128129-how-seek-information-co-operative-societies-maharashtra.html?highlight=society
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    Kindly go through the discussions in the earlier threads on the same subject on the following links: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/archiv.../t-125124.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/126849...tml#post315138
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