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  • karira's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    DoPT has declined to provide the list of applicants for the Lokpal panel and has also not provided information related to the selection process. Attached is a first appeal filed by S C Agrawal and the response of the FAA of DoPT.
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  • karira's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    Please read some of the threads (AND ALL the links given therein) in the following search results: https://www.google.co.in/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=validity%20postal%20order%20site%3Awww.rtiindia.org (NOTE: There are many pages of results !)
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  • karira's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    RTI is only for getting information - it is not meant for complaining against someone or about something. If you have proof that your father in law has not paid his commercial taxes properly, then file a direct complaint, with ALL the proof, to the Commissioner of Commercial Taxes of your state. Wait for one month and then only file a RTI to know the status of tyour compalint and the action taken on it.
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  • karira's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Fresh doubts about validity of appointments to NHRC‏ There is considerable evidence to suggest that the appointment in 2013 of former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Cyriac Joseph and former Police Chief S.C. Sinha as members of the National Human Rights Commission violate the transparency norms prescribed by the Supreme Court in P.J. Thomas case. Significant revelations have been brought forward by the recently published book, “Constitutional Conundrums: Challenges to India’s Democratic Process”, authored by senior journalist V. Venkatesan. Renowned legal journalist, Venkatesan makes several revelations in the book by filing several RTI applications in the process of unearthing relevant information. Some of the replies to his applications have become a part of the book, as annexures. One such disclosure is the Minutes from a meeting of a statutory selection committee chaired by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to select NHRC appointees. The minutes show that the dissent recorded by the then Leaders of Opposition (LoPs) in the two Houses, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, submitted with reasons, was rejected and the appointment made without any reason or explanation for the same, as required by the Supreme Court’s judgment in the P.J.Thomas case. (Centre for PIL v. UOI, WPC 348/2010) Read More: Fresh doubts about validity of appointments to NHRC‏ | Live Law
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  • karira's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Please read the Guide segment of the portal and ALL the section as well as the links given therein: RTI Guide Specifically, read: How to Submit RTI application
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  • karira's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    You can file the RTI directly to NIC. A list of its PIOs is available here: RTI | National Informatics Centre
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  • karira's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Attached are the "Terms and Conditions" of appointment of Mr S C Agrawal as well as the CV that he submitted.
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  • karira's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    This act of the CM is good enough reason to quash the appointment of the 3 ICs Sent from RTI INDIA Mobile App
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  • karira's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    @nilesh dave3 Regarding use of camera during "inspection" under RTI, please read the following threads: Camera during inspection Video recording during inspection Please also read ALL the links in the thread whose link is given. There are many pages in those threads.
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  • karira's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Each individual is different and he has different objectives as well as uses different means to achieve that objective. S C Agarwal had some objectives.....and he is using RTI to create awareness. As a side effect, the Governor of Delhi also gave him a job at Rs 50,000 + expenses a month to train officers in the Govt of Delhi. There are many others who don't charge a penny for doing the same work There are people who have started websites and are charging Rs 100 to file a RTI on your behalf. Then there are other websites (like this one) which give enough information on RTI for you to do a Phd Thesis ! There are others who follow only one specific issue with RTI till it is finally resolved. There are others who will go after one section of the industry / business / issue and follow it up - like Illegal Mining, illegal construction, illegal land allotment, etc. Do not only go by media reports when you judge some one. The media only reports the sensational side of the story......and the truth is never told and may lie hidden/buried somewhere. For example, Shiela Masood was killed due to a love triangle and not RTI. Also, some of those who have been targeted are themselves not fully "above board". I used to file lots of RTI applications and never approached the media for publicity (unless the media approached me). My interest was to use the information obtained under RTI and force the government to bring in systematic changes. OR use the information and file PILs to get the courts to order changes. Now, I spend most of the time training citizens like you and also Government officers as to how to use RTI correctly and effectively. I hardly file RTIs UNLESS they are related to the RTI Act itself ! Life is like a "A La Carte" Menu - each one to his own.
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  • karira's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    PIO: Public Information Officer APIO: Assistant Public Information Officer CPIO: Central Public Information Officer SPIO: State Public Information officer ACPIO: There is no such thing ! CAPIO: Central Assistant Public Information Officer SAPIO: State Assistant Public Information Officer Generally, CPIO/SPIO are referred to as PIO on the forum. - - - Updated - - - PIO: Public Information Officer APIO: Assistant Public Information Officer CPIO: Central Public Information Officer SPIO: State Public Information officer ACPIO: There is no such thing ! CAPIO: Central Assistant Public Information Officer SAPIO: State Assistant Public Information Officer Generally, CPIO/SPIO are referred to as PIO on the forum. It seems you have not gone through various articles in the Guide section. Please read them: RTI Guide http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/blogs/abhi987/4433-rti-act-offers-three-levels-obtain-required.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/blogs/abhi987/741-flow-rti-application.html The flow chart is available here: RTI Flow Chart ============ Please understand that this portal is visited by citizens with different levels of knowledge, internet useage...etc. Therefore, you are requested to spend at least some time browsing around various section of the forum and pick up what is of interest to you. Then you can spend more time on those topics.
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  • karira's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    This topic/subject has been discussed many times before on the forum. Please read some of the threads in the following search results: Video recording of CIC hearing
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  • karira's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    For details of PIOs and FAAs of the LIC, check this document: http://www.licindia.in/pages/Name_and_Address_CPIOs_&_AAs.xls
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  • karira's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Walse-Patil’s official vehicle purchased by flouting norms Serious irregularities have come to light regarding the purchase of the official vehicle of the State Legislative Assembly speaker Dilip Walse-Patil. Documents accessed by Newsline under the Right to Information (RTI) Act show that the vehicle was purchased by the Secretariat of the State Legislature by flouting norms for purchase of vehicles. The issue came to the attention of the Auditor General (AG) of Maharashtra, who had passed strictures against the move. An inspection report by the AG had said the vehicle (an eight-seater Toyota Innova) was purchased flouting norms laid down by the state government. An MLA from the Ambegaon assembly constitutency of Pune, Walse-Patil has been the speaker of the lower house of the state assembly since 2009. A senior NCP leader, Walse-Patil is considered close to party president Sharad Pawar. Read More: Page not found | The Indian Express
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  • karira's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    That is a very far fetched argument. Water for irrigation cannot be construed as water for economic purposes ! Providing drinking water is a basic human right.
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  • Shrawan Pathak's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    A new poll has been created for the RTI nomination . Please vote for your favorite!
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  • karira's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Please read: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/108755-wife-can-get-info-about-husbands-passport.html
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  • karira's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    How will revealing information about water disputes qualify as "economic interests of the State" ?
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  • karira's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    To:Mr Rajiv Mathur Chief Information Commissioner Central information Commission New Delhi From: Mr C J Karira cjkarira@gmail.com Secunderabad cc: 1. All Information Commissioners in CIC 2. Dr. S.K. Sarkar, Secretary, DoPT 3. Mrs T Y Das, Secretary, CIC 4. Mr A K Dash, Additional Secretary - CIC 5. Mr M K Sharma - Registrar, CIC 6. Mr D C Singh - DO to Chief IC (With request to put up a print out of this email before Mr Rajiv Mathur, Chief IC) Dear Sir, Re: Priority to Senior Citizens - Minutes of Meeting held on 03.06.2014 It was surprising to read the Agenda Item 2 of the above referred minutes of the meeting: ================== http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Minutes/Minutes03062014.pdf Agenda -2 Fixing the age of “Senior Citizen” for the purpose of hearing of cases on priority. It was decided that the matter of hearing of cases of Senior Citizens on priority would be considered by the Information Commissioner of the concerned Registry on the basis of merit on case to case basis with a speaking order. ================== Both the matters regarding giving priority to Senior Citizens and the fixing of age for senior citizens has already been decided by the Commission way back in 2008 ! 1. http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Notifications/Notification-CIC-Legal-2007-006-13022008.pdf A Notification dated 13 Feb 2008, was issued by the then Additional Registrar - Mr L C Singhi - stating: It is notified for the information of general public that the Appeals and Complaints filed by following category of citizens shall be taken up by the Commission on priority basis:- (i) senior citizens; and (ii) physically challenged persons. 2. Such Appellants and the Complainants should, however, submit supporting documentary proof that they fall within one of the above categories. 3. A ‘senior citizen’ would mean one who has attained the age of 65 years as on the date of making the application and a ‘physically challenged person’ means a person suffering from not less than 40% of any disability as certified by a medical authority under Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. 2. The Commission also decided in its meeting on 13.12.2011 about the same issue: http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Minutes/Minutes13122011.pdf Agenda 3: Norms and procedure for according priority to appellants in hearing appeals/complaint filed before the Commission The Commission resolved that “The appeals/complaint received from Senior Citizens or from differently abled persons in the respective registries will be put up to the Bench of the Commission where such cases are registered. The Information Commissioner under Section 12 (4) of the RTI Act will decide on the priority to be given to such appeals and complaints. The priority accorded will be the part of judicial decision which necessarily will involve recording reasons for giving such priority while adjudicating the case. The same procedure will be followed in cases which, according to the opinion of the Information commissioner, involve larger Public Interest.” 3. This is also amply reflected in the suo-motu disclosure of the Commission under Sec 4(1)(b)(iv) (Norms set for its functioning), as displayed on the Commissions website: Section 4(1)(b)-iv Norms set for discharge of functions in CIC The appeals/complaints are generally taken up for hearing on first come first serve basis. Wherever the Respondents/Appellants have number of cases, efforts will be made to club such cases so that they could be heard on a single day. Preference may also be given to Senior Citizens and Physically Challenged Persons, for an out of turn hearing on a case to case basis for reasons to be recorded in writing considering the request. (http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Minutes/Minutes13122011.pdf) 4. In its Annual Report of 2007-08, in item No. 1.4.2 (page 8), the same was reported as an "important notification": http://cic.gov.in/AnnualReports/AR-2007-08/MainReport.pdf 1.4.2. Notifications by CIC during the year 2007-08 CIC took two significant decisions; one regarding constitution of a Sub- Committee and the second about preferences to senior citizens and physically challenged applicants while taking up their petitions for consideration. The Report of the sub-Committee and the step regarding preference to these two special category of the petitioners by the Commission is likely to go a long way in streamlining the implementation of the RTI Act. The details in this regard are as under: i. CIC constituted a Sub-Committee on December 05, 2007, exercising powers conferred under Sub Section (4) of Section 12 of the Right to Information Act 2005, for compiling and collating suggestions received from various state commissions with a view to make specific recommendations to the government regarding effective implementation of the Act including suggestions, if any, regarding amendment in the Act. ii. CIC decided, on February 13, 2008, that the appeals and complaints filed by senior citizens and physically challenged persons shall be taken up on priority. 5. Even in it s Annual Report for 2011-12, The Commission stated in Item 3.1.4 (page 21): http://cic.gov.in/AnnualReports/AR-2011-12/AR2011-12E.pdf 3.1.4 The Commission also laid down norms and procedures for according priority to appeals/complaints filed by senior citizens, physically differently abled persons as well as regarding matters of larger public interest. It resolved thus: 6. However, the Officers and Staff of the Commission, as is their usual practice, paid no heed to such instructions/norms/directions. Please refer to: Item D of this order of the Commission: http://www.rti.india.gov.in/cic_decisions/CIC_SG_A_2012_000729_18891_M_82512.pdf Query D. Kindly provide list of 2nd appeals/complaints registered as those of senior citizen in each registry from 1st January, 2010. Also, as cases of Sr. Citizen qualify for out of turn hearing, kindly provide details of cases heard out of turn in each registry in last 3 years and also provide cases which have not been registered as those of senior citizens, in spite of request. No classifications are made for the senior citizens at the level of registration. The information as maintained in the registry of IC (AD) is enclosed. However, rest of the registries has stated that no such information i maintained. Further, it is thus not possible to maintain any such record. I am sure you will agree that there is no point in recycling the same issue again and again. Besides being a sheer waste of the Commissions precious time, it is also a waste of time for citizens like me who follow the Commissions activities on a regular basis. Such events also give the Commission a bad image. It can only be construed as "Maximum repetition, Minimum Implementation" Sir, I have pointed out to you in the past, that the Officers and Staff of the Commission are not paying attention to their duties ! In this case, even if some of the Commissioners were the same as in 2011/2012 and did not recall what was decided in 2011, at least the officers of the Commission should have brought this aspect to the notice of the Commission in its meeting of 03.06.2014. I hope you use your powers vested in you , under Sec 12(4) of the RTI Act and set the situation right, in the final days of your tenure as the Chief Information Commissioner in the CIC. Thanking You, C J Karira
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  • karira's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    If PIO refused you the information you sought, then file a first appeal. If not satisfied with the order of the first appellate authority, you can file a second appeal. Challenging the result in the High Court is a entirely different matter - nothing to do with RTI. RTI will only help you in getting documents and records - which you can then use in the case in the High Court.
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  • karira's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    karira started a thread RTI Court Decision: J & K: SIC’s notice to Political Parties in RTI in Media
    SIC’s notice to Political Parties CM has failed to stick to his words Last week the J&K State Information Commission (SIC) issued notices to some political parties including National Conference asking them to clear their stand as to why they shouldn’t be brought under the ambit of J&K Right to Information Act. These notices were issued after some Jammu based RTI activists had filed a complaint under section 15 of J&K RTI Act 2009 in the State Information Commission (SIC) as they were not provided information under RTI by some renowned political parties of the state. The RTI activists had sought details under JK RTI Act 2009 about donations received by National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Congress, Panthers Party and BJP. Out of these political parties, PDP was the only political party which had responded to the RTI query and others had chosen to remain mum over the said issue. The aggrieved information seekers finally knocked the doors of SIC which has now sought the counter reply from NC, Congress, Panthers Party and BJP. Background: On June 3rd 2013 the Central Information Commission (CIC) had declared many national political parties as “Public Authorities”. A Full Bench of the Commission headed by the then Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra held six parties -- Congress, BJP, CPI(M), CPI, NCP and BSP -- to whom RTI queries were directed, fulfill the criteria of being public authorities under the Right to Information Act. Considered to be one the landmark judgments, the Central Information Commission (CIC) had ruled that political parties come within the ambit of the Right to Information Act. As the CIC’s order had send shock waves within various political parties including Congress and BJP , on 12th August 2013 the Congress Party tabled RTI Amendment Bill 2013 in Lok Sabha to keep political parties out of RTI ambit. The Bill was deferred to the Winter Session of Parliament on September 3rd 2013 and on December 17, 2013 the Rajya Sabha Standing Committee on Law and Personnel tabled its report in the Parliament which reads as: "The committee considers the proposed amendment is a right step to address the issue once and for all. The committee, therefore, recommends for passing of the Bill". With this observation the CIC’s order got scuttled as the amendment would apply retrospectively i.e., from June 3rd 2013 , the date on which the CIC had issued the judgment declaring political parties as Public Authorities and bringing them under the provisions of the RTI law. Read More: SIC s notice to Political Parties Lastupdate:- Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:30:00 GMT GreaterKashmir.com
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  • karira's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Now, govt. staff will have to declare assets annually Its now mandatory for government servants to declare their assets annually. Section 4 of the RTI Act mandated transparency only in terms of their salary and compensation. Strangely, the new rules have not been pubicised Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act mandates that salaries and compensation packages of government servants including officers from Indian Administrative Service/ Indian Police Service (IAS/IPS) cadre, be put up on the website of the relevant public authority. The notification issued last week by the Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) should come as a shock for government employees who have been amassing wealth, beyond their means. They will need to declare their assets by September this year and then by March or July, every year. Every government employee is now required to file his annual returns pertaining to assets and liabilities, along with that of his wife and children, on a newly drafted declaration form. The notification is a sequel to the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013. The rules are termed as Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014. As per the notification by the DoPT, this declaration has to be made by every government servant over and above other declarations as per his/ her services rules. Section 3 (2) states... (1) Every public servant shall make a declaration of his assets and liabilities under sub-section (1) of section 44 in the format specified in Appendix-1, along with information required under sub-section (2) or as the case may be, sub-section (3) and the annual return under sub-section (4) of section 44 in Forms I to IV specified in Appendix-II. Every public servant shall file declaration, information or return, as the case may be, regarding his assets and liabilities as on the 31st of March every year, to the competent authority as referred to in clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 2 on or before the 31st of July of that year. Provided that the public servants who have filed declarations, information and annual returns of property under the provisions of the rules applicable to such public servants shall file the revised declarations, information or as the case may be, annual returns as on the 1st day of August 2014, to the competent authority on or before the 15th day of September, 2014. The exemption clause is: “(4) minimum value of assets which competent authority may exempt from furnishing of information - …..if the value of such asset does not exceed four months basic pay of the public servant or Rs2 lakh, whichever is higher.’’ While this notification is the ultimate step towards transparency, Venkatesh Nayak, research scholar and activist, who has been working on matters about laws relating to transparency states that, this notification is deliberately not being made public and publicized. He says “According to the text of the gazette notification of the Rules, it was to be published in the Official Gazette on 14 July 2014. However this set of Rules has not been uploaded either in the Ordinary Gazette Section or the Extraordinary Gazette Section of the E-gazette website of govt of India (GoI). These Rules do not come up under the 'What's New' Segment of DoPT's website either. Instead, it is tucked away in the Circular Portal of GoI, which is password protected. However, readers may access it through Google by keying in the complete title of the Rules.” The notification is of prime importance, considering that RTI applicants used to be stonewalled when they filed applications to procure information on disproportionate assets of government servants. Some of them used to file second appeals, while some Information Commissions ordered disclosure of information contained in the immovable property returns submitted by civil servants every year, others rejected the request upholding the official's right to privacy. “In at least one case, an RTI activist in southern India who sought such information about a senior level officer, had to be provided armed security as the request snowballed into a public altercation between the two,” Nayak said. Who else does the notification cover? As per Nayak’s study these Rules cover every public servant. He says, “The Lokpal Act covers all categories of public servants in Section 14. These include the Prime Minister, Union Ministers, Members of Parliament, civil servants, employees and managers of public sector undertakings, universities, boards, trusts and societies or autonomous bodies wholly or partly financed by the Central Government and any organisation which receives foreign contribution of more than Rs10 lakh per year ($16,950 where 1$= Rs59) under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA). Does PM come under this notification? According to Nayak, the Prime Minister is the competent authority for receiving declarations of assets and liabilities of the Union Ministers as per the Code of Conduct adopted first in 1964 and revised later in 1992 (4th attachment). “This Code does not require the Prime Minister to disclose his/ her assets to anybody. However, Section 44 read with Section 14 of the Lokpal Act, requires the Prime Minister also to publicly declare his/ her assets. So the Government will have to notify who the competent authority shall be to receive the PM's first declaration and subsequent annual returns under this Act and make them accessible to the public. Perhaps it should be the President as he alone is higher in the executive hierarchy to the PM. GoI must issue a clarification on this issue. It is not clear if the templates notified by the DoPT are intended for the use of 'public servants' other than 'civil servants',” he added. Certainly, citizens would be looking forward to details of assets of government servants coming out in the public domain. Moneylife had recently carried a story on thedisproportionate assets of Pune’s Divisional Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh. No action has been taken on this yet. He continues in his position and there are thousands of such cases all over India. Will the scenario change?
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  • karira's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    "The decision was taken at a meeting of the statutory committee on Wednesday, chaired by Hooda and attended by Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal. The third member of the committee, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Om Prakash Chautala, did not attend the meeting. However, Chautala recorded his dissent in a note to Hooda." This is sufficient ground to challenge the appointments in High Court. Get a stay order before the swearing in ceremony.
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  • karira's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    If the mobile/landline is provided by the office and/or the bill for those lines is paid by the office, the you can get the bill details of those lines. The office will only have the bills for those lines. Maybe the bills contain detailed call lists. If the bills do not contain call details, then the public authority will not get the details and give them to you. They will only give you what is available on record with them.
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  • karira's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    karira replied to a thread PPF Account Balance in Non RTI Issues
    By visiting the branch/office where your PPF is maintained , with your passbook and asking them !
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  • karira's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    In the IT department, the assessing officer of the ward/circle (ITO or Asst Commissioner) is the PIo for that ward/circle. What is the type of information you want to seek ? Who is the assessee ? You or someone else ?
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  • karira's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Members, Regarding the issue of additional fees ..... whether under RTI or as prescribed by the public authority - please read this complete thread and all the links given therein: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/124877-rti-application-information-about-pnr.html
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  • karira's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    karira replied to a thread rti for education in Ask for RTI Query
    What is AU ?
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  • karira's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Can you share the RTI application after deleting personal details ?
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  • karira's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    karira replied to a thread Sony Viao Laptop Issue in Chit Chat
    Do NOT start multiple threads in the same topic ! ====================== This portal is ONLY dedicated to discussions related to the RTI Act ! Your post has nothing to do with RTI
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  • karira's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    harinder dhingra I only hope you now change your "good opinion" about Haryana SIC ! Please believe me, the appointment process is all "fixed" and even money changes hands.
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  • karira's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Filing a RTI by email From a email recd. from Commodore Lokesh Batra DoPT letter (attached) is regarding filing RTI thru Email. This letter was in response to my mail to Secretary DoPT in trail. I have so far filed 74 RTIs through e-Mail by attaching signed and scanned copy of my RTI Application and e-IPO (pdf) (Electronic Indian Postal Order) in PDF format. The list include RTIs in DOPT, PMO, MEA, MOIA and 67 Indian Missions/Posts Abroad. Signed and scanned copies of Responses have also been received by emails as per request included in my RTI application.e-IPO can be directly download in PDF format. No need to print it if RTI filed by Email.e-IPO is a big boon as it can be purchased online 24x7. Best,Commodore Lokesh Batra (Retd.)
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  • karira's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    anshunarang1 You are posting unrelated posts in one thread. For every new topic / subject, please start a new thread. Otherwise it is very confusing to go through a thread containing queries/replies to different subjects !
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  • karira's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    karira replied to a thread Hello in Say Hello
    Welcome to the Portal ! Please spend some time browsing around the various sections of the portal and discover the wealth of information available here on RTI.
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  • karira's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    sharadhadke Good work and congrats/thanks for persistent follow up !
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  • karira's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    You are posting a query and repeating it within 5 minutes. This portal is run by volunteers and someone will reply to your post when he logs in and also when he/she finds that he has something valuable to offer you. You need to be patient. In any case, RTI - to which this portal is dedicated - is not like "2 minute noodles". ================ The first step would be to check if those Mobile Towers are authroised or not. Please read some of the threads in the following search results: https://www.google.co.in/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=mobile%20cell%20tower%20site%3Awww.rtiindia.org (NOTE: There are many pages of search results !)
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  • karira's Avatar
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    You can check the status here: Check Status of RTI Complaints / Appeals: Central Information Commission (CIC) Online Assuming your name contains "Kumar" , here are all the results for "Kumar" who were allotted diary number on 29.04.2014: 3242. 131591/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/YA/A/2014/001209 PRAVESH KUMAR / 90/3 , VIDHA NAGAR , SHASTRI NAGAR , MEERUT - Central Registry Registered 3243. 131587/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/YA/A/2014/001208 RAJ KUMAR MISHRA / MADHUBANI - Central Registry Registered 3244. 131539/ 29-04-2014/ - ARUN KUMAR/ BSNL, AMBALA - DO to IC(BS) Fresh Dak 3245. 131536/ 29-04-2014/ - RAJ KUMAR/ DEPTT OF POST, N DELHI-01 - DO to IC(BS) Fresh Dak 3246. 131526/ 29-04-2014/ - SHAILENDRA KUMAR/ 17/89, RAJPUT TILABHAI, AGRA - DO to IC(RM) Fresh Dak 3247. 131518/ 29-04-2014/ - AKHILESH KUMAR/ VIDYUT BHAWAN,SHANKAR MARKET,NEW DELHI - JS(MoRe) Fresh Dak 3248. 131510/ 29-04-2014/ - SWAPAN KUMAR DAS/ 33/1, BHARPARA ROAD, HOWRAH - DO to IC(VS) Fresh Dak 3249. 131491/ 29-04-2014/ - ANIL KUMAR/ SHIVALIK,MALVIYA NAGAR,NEW DELHI - DO_IC(MP) Fresh Dak 3250. 131469/ 29-04-2014/ - SUMIT KUMAR/ RACE COURSE CIRCLE,BARODA - DO to IC(RM) Fresh Dak 3251. 131464/ 29-04-2014/ - SHYAMAL KUMAR CHATTERJEE/ 896, ICHAPUR ANICKTALA WEST PO NAWABGANJ DISTT- 24 PGS NORTH WB-743144 - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3252. 131461/ 29-04-2014/ - VIRENDER KUMAR SHARMA/ C/O SATYEN DER AGARWAL, MITTAL GLASS HOUSE AIN ARKET, DHAMPUR-246761 DISTT- BIJNOR - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3253. 131459/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/SH/A/2014/000996 ARUN KUMAR OJHA/ MOTIPUR, MUZAFFARPUR - Central Registry Registered 3254. 131456/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/RM/A/2014/002087 VIPIN KUMAR/ NARHAN,BIBHUTIPUR,SAMASTIPUR - Central Registry Registered 3255. 131455/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/SA/A/2014/000693 RAJESH KUMAR BHARATI / YASHPAL MALIK HOUSE , GALI NO. 14-15 , B SWATANTRA NAGAR ,NARELA - Central Registry Registered 3256. 131452/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/RM/A/2014/002086 VIPIN KUMAR/ NARHAN,BIBHUTIPUR,SAMASTIPUR - Central Registry Registered 3257. 131451/ 29-04-2014/ - VINAY KUMAR BUTOLIA/ 510,GANESHPETH, NAGPUR-18 - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3258. 131446/ 29-04-2014/ - AJAI KUMAR SOOD/ PALAMPUR,DISTT KANGRA - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3259. 131442/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/RM/A/2014/002085 AJAY KUMAR SINGH/ NEAR ARARIY RAILWAY STATION, ARARIA, BIHAR-854312 - Central Registry Registered 3260. 131441/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/YA/A/2014/001227 PRADEEP KUMAR MATHUR/ SHALIMAR GARDEN EXTN,SAHIBABAD,DISTT GHAZIABAD - Central Registry Registered 3261. 131438/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/RM/A/2014/002468 SUSHIL KUMAR SHARMA/ BANIPARK ,JAIPUR,MAHANAGAR - Central Registry Registered 3262. 131432/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/SH/A/2014/000898 PRAVEEN KUMAR JHA/ 204/3/5B, BHEL RANIPUR, HARIDWAR - Central Registry Registered 3263. 131430/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/3962kck0 KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3264. 131429/ 29-04-2014/ - KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3265. 131428/ 29-04-2014/ - JAYKUMAR U POKARNA/ 321/A-3, MAHATMA PHULE PETH, PUNE-42 - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3266. 131427/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/277012df KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3267. 131425/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/3963lwtj KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3268. 131424/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/3964ixlx KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3269. 131423/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/4037w6k2 KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3270. 131422/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/4036es3w KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3271. 131420/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/4035royx KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3272. 131419/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/4034p86i KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3273. 131418/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/403364ux KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3274. 131417/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/4031bvp8 KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3275. 131416/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/40305prn KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3276. 131415/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/4274jar4 KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3277. 131413/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/42758tzu KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3278. 131412/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/4276t0r3 KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3279. 131411/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/4277ncdm KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3280. 131410/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/4278hk2x KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3281. 131409/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/4279ys6a KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3282. 131408/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/3957ske9 KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3283. 131407/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/3956i7ee KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3284. 131406/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/3955fog9 KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3285. 131405/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/RM/A/2014/001930 VIKAS KUMAR PANDEY/ VILL+P.O-BHITEE, DISTT-GORAKHPUR - Central Registry Registered 3286. 131404/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/39539uq9 KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3287. 131403/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/39507vmk KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3288. 131402/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/39492bo2 KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3289. 131401/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/3948kzuc KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3290. 131400/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/3947n7cy KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3291. 131399/ 29-04-2014/ - RAVI KUMAR SHARMA / W.NO. 4 , GANDHI NAGAR , AKBAR PUR , KANPUR - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3292. 131398/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/3946v58q KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3293. 131397/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/3945utjo KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3294. 131389/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/3944pf12 KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3295. 131388/ 29-04-2014/ SA/UG/14/3942023b KUMAR PANKAJ ANAND/ SHRI KRISHNA ENCLAVE,OPP DIVYAYAN,MORABADI,RANCHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3296. 131386/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/SS/A/2013/002525 PRADEEP KUMAR / MO DEFENCE, N DELHI Ministry of Defence DO to IC(RM) Fresh Dak 3297. 131384/ 29-04-2014/ - PANKAJ KUMAR MISHRA / ANPARA , SONBHADRA - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3298. 131377/ 29-04-2014/ - PRADEEP KUMAR JAIN/ A -279 , BUDH VIHAR , ALWAR - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3299. 131375/ 29-04-2014/ - VIRENDRA KUMAR/ KAKADEV, KANPUR-208025 - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3300. 131372/ 29-04-2014/ - RAKESH KUMAR SHARMA/ BAISAHLI COLONY, KASHIPUR - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3301. 131371/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/RM/A/2014/001902 D BHARATH KUMAR / CHD , TRAFFIC DEPTT. VISAKHAPATNAM - Central Registry Registered 3302. 131367/ 29-04-2014/ - JITENDRAKUMAR M PATEL/ R/4 TYPE III , BAHUMALI COMPLEX, SILVASSA - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3303. 131366/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/RM/A/2014/002452 MUKAND KUMAR/ RAJAT JAIN SOCIETY, SEC-6, DWARKA, N DELHI-75 - Central Registry Registered 3304. 131358/ 29-04-2014/ - MITHILESH KUMAR AWASTHI/ AKBARPUR, KANPUR - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3305. 131351/ 29-04-2014/ - SANTOSH KUMAR SHARMA/ HANUMAN NAGAR,LINE PAR,MURADABAD - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3306. 131348/ 29-04-2014/ - AWADHESH KUMAR/ STATION ROAD,FARIDPUR,BAREILLY - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3307. 131347/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/MP/C/2014/000149 DILIP KUMAR KANSAL/ 3219, SEC-37-D, CHANDIGARH - Central Registry Registered 3308. 131336/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/RM/A/2014/001899 AJAY KUMAR SHARMA/ INDIRA ENCLAVE,DISTT DEHRADUN - Central Registry Registered 3309. 131313/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/DS/C/2013/000102 ANIL KUMAR GUPTA/ SOUTH DELHI MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, NAZAFGARH ZONE, NEW DELHI-110059 MCD, GNCT Delhi DO_IC(YA) Fresh Dak 3310. 131284/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/MP/A/2014/000876 RAJESH KUMAR SHARMA / H.NO. 1308 , SEC -20B - Central Registry Registered 3311. 131280/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/BS/A/2014/001072 AMIT KUMAR AGARWAL/ NR R I OFFICE, THANA CHHAK, DISTT-KHORDHA - Central Registry Registered 3312. 131273/ 29-04-2014/ - MUKESH KUMAR CHOUDHURY/ KRISHNA TOWNSHIP,VADODARA - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3313. 131254/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/VS/A/2014/001376 KRATIK KUMAR JHA/ PUJA COMPUTERS PURANIHAT PO MARYAGANJ POLICE SATION-RANIGANJ DIST- ARARIA, BIHAR-854334 - Central Registry Registered 3314. 131249/ 29-04-2014/ - MUKESH KUMAR CHOUDHURY/ KRISHNA TOWNSHIP,VADODARA - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3315. 131246/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/KY/C/2014/000135 MUKESH KUMAR CHOUDHARY/ KRISHNA TOWNSHIP,VADODARA - Central Registry Registered 3316. 131238/ 29-04-2014/ - MADAN KUMAR CHOUDHARY / PANDEYPUR , VANIYAPUR , SARAN - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3317. 131225/ 29-04-2014/ - AJAY KUMAR SONKAR / CHANDPUR , AZAMGARH - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3318. 131214/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/BS/A/2014/000635 ARUN KUMAR GHOSH/ SALT LAKE,KOLKATA 700091 - Central Registry Registered 3319. 131213/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/RM/A/2014/001519 SANJAY KUMAR DALAL/ A-501, VAASTU SHILP KALPANA CHAWLA MARG ADAJAN, SURAT - Central Registry Registered 3320. 131211/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/VS/A/2014/001278 NARESH KUMAR/ S/o SH CHIRANJI LAL, R/O FLAT NO-100, VIJAYEE VEER AWAS KARGIL APPTS, SECTOR-18-A DWARKA, ND - Central Registry Registered 3321. 131206/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/VS/A/2014/001279 ANIL KUMAR / ELEVANTHANAM HOUSE,KALAINJOOR, - Central Registry Registered 3322. 131204/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/KY/A/2014/000574 MUKESH KUMAR CHOUDHURY/ KRISHNA TOWNSHIP,VADODARA - Central Registry Registered 3323. 131203/ 29-04-2014/ - RAJEEV KUMAR SINGH / ASHDHAR MAI , MARORI, BADAU - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3324. 131199/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/VS/A/2014/001280 VIKRANT KUMAR/ PRASAR BHARTI,CHHAJJUBAGH, - Central Registry Registered 3325. 131198/ 29-04-2014/ - MUKESH KUMAR SHARMA/ DWARKA FLYOVER,MAIN ROAD PALAM COLONY,N DELHI - Central Registry Fresh Dak 3326. 131186/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/BS/A/2014/000637 MAYANK KUMAR TIWARI/ KIDWAI NAGAR,ALLAHPUR,ALLAHABAD - Central Registry Registered 3327. 131168/ 29-04-2014/ - DINESH KUMAR / RZ-32 KARAN VIHAR II, NR SHANKAR TAILORS , Ministry of Railways DO to IC(VS) Fresh Dak 3328. 131164/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/RM/C/2014/000397 MUKESH KUMAR CHOUDHURY/ KRISHNA TOWNSHIP,VADODARA - Central Registry Registered 3329. 131163/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/SA/C/2014/000240 ARUN KUMAR/ KUAN CHOWK,GOKALPUR GAON,DELHI - Central Registry Registered 3330. 131159/ 29-04-2014/ CIC/SM/A/2013/001246 SUDHIR KUMAR SINGH / ELECTRICAL DIVISION MADHURAI - DO to IC(SS) Fresh Dak
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    karira replied to a thread How to write RTI in Chit Chat
    What exact information do you require about Uranium projects ?
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    How come they are not even teaching you how to file RTI applications in that course ? Must complain to CGG about this type of teaching.
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    karira replied to a thread How to write RTI in Chit Chat
    From which government office do you want to seek information ? Follow the respective RTI Rules - Central or respective State - depending on under which government does that government office come under. Please read: Centre/State RTI Rules and Fees - Guide Fundamental Facts About RTI - Guide How to Use your Right to Information - Guide http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/blogs/karira/4403-guide-drafting-good-rti-application.html http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/content/
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    Kargil veteran who `leaked' info sacked after fake probe Acourt of inquiry (CoI) that had led to an Army Brigadier's dismissal without court martial after the 1999 Kargil war for allegedly leaking classified documents has turned out to be fictitious, according to information obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The Army's 3-Infantary Division recently told Brig Surinder Singh, in response to his RTI query days before the 15th anniversary of the Kargil War on July 26, that no such inquiry was ever held. “It has no information about any CoI, as no such inquiry was ordered by this branch during the month September 1999,“ it said. Singh had asked for the name and designation of the officers who had convened the CoI as well. In reply , the 3-Infantary Division said it did not have the information because no such CoI was convened. “The RTI information has vindicated my stand that I had not leaked any classified information,“ Singh said. “I will fight till my honour is restored.“ Singh has now amended his petition before the Armed Forces Tribunal, Chandigarh, saying he was dismissed on the basis of a fictitious inquiry while seeking to have his dismissal set aside. Read More: Kargil veteran who `leaked' info sacked after fake probe
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    Can a housing society expel its member for filing too many RTI Applications ? Recently, a housing society in Bandra, Mumbai has soughtexpulsion of one of its members. The complaint against him was that he used to harass the society by filing Right To Information (RTI) applications. The Co-operative Societies Act, which also governs housing societies, allows this. But the process is not easy. A co-operative housing society can expel members under Section 35 of the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act, 1960. According to the Act, a member can be expelled if he/she willfully deceives the society, provides false information to the society, acts against the society’s by-laws, does not pay the society’s dues persistently or is involved in illegal or immoral activities. The co-operative societies rules are similar for other states and include similar provisions for expelling members. However, the conditions are subjective and the society has to prove it to the Registrar of Co-operative Housing Societies. The member can challenge the order in court. Read More: Can a housing society expel its member? | Business Standard News
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    Please also read: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/126525-rules-assets-liabilities-disclosure-notified-under-lokpal.html
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    From an email received from Venkatesh Nayak: Dear all, The media has reported today about the Rules notified by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) for the filing of information and annual returns relating to assets and liabilities for all public servants covered by theLokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (1st attachment). What is good about this notification? 1) The notification of these Rules is a step forward from the statutory requirement under the Right to Information Act, 2005. Readers will remember that under Section 4(1(b)(x) of this law, every public authority is required to proactively disclose details of salary paid and the compensation package offered to every civil servant who is its employee. However there was no statutory compulsion on civil servants to publicly disclose information about their movable and immovable properties inherited or acquired. So several RTI users demanded the publication of this information under the RTI Act by filing formal requests. While some Information Commissions ordered disclosure of information contained in the immovable property returns submitted by civil servants every year, others rejected the request upholding the official's right to privacy. In at least one case, an RTI activist in southern India who sought such information about a senior level officer, had to be provided gunman security as the request snowballed into a public altercation between the two. The matter of disclosure of assets related information was settled, rather unsatisfactorily by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India in the case of Girish Ramchandra Deshpande vs Cen. Information Commr. and Anr. (2013) 1SCC 212. In that case the Apex Court ruled that unless the RTI applicant is able to demonstrate the public interest in disclosure, every public servant is entitled to confidentiality vis-a-vis his/her assets related details. The new Rules notified by the Government of India known as Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 (PSAR Rules) require every public servant to make a declaration attaching details of his/her assets as well as those of his/her spouse and dependent children to the competent authority within 30 days of taking an oath of making an affirmation for entering public office. Thereafter he/she must submit annual returns for every financial year by 31st July of the very next financial year. The Rules contain an Appendix setting forth the form of declaration and the manner of disclosure of both movable and immovable assets. The public servant must also disclose details of loans taken by self, spouse or dependent children. These declarations and submissions will be made to the competent authority in every public authority. These Rules render a portion of the judgement of the Apex Court in Girish Ramchandra Deshpande obsolete. Section 44(6) of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act requires the competent authority which receives assets and liabilities related information of public servants to make them public through websites by the end of August every year. If this information is not available on the respective websites, a citizen may seek this information formally under the RTI Act from the public authority. 2) Members of Parliament submit their assets and liabilities details to the Chairpersons of the respective Houses under the respective Rules adopted in 2004 (2nd and 3rd attachment). However access to these statements was not easy as disclosure to strangers was left to the discretion of the Chairpersons. These details were not easily available under the RTI Act either. Now this discretionary power is done away with thanks to Section 44 of the Lokpal Act. This provision contains mandatory disclosure of assets and liabilities details of all public servants including that of MPs. This is another progressive step towards developing a culture of personal integrity for holders of elected offices. What is problematic about this notification? 1) Section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act (Lokpal Act) covers three kinds of statutory disclosures- a) When a public servant enters his/her office upon being sworn by oath or affirmation. b) Serving public servants are required to make disclosures of their assets and liabilities within 30 days of the enforcement of this Act. c) Later on, all public servants must disclose details of their assets and liabilities as well as that of their spouse and dependent children every year. Rule 3 of the PSAR Rules states that the templates contained in Appendices I and II are to be used for filing all three kinds of returns listed above. However all the templates in Appendix II of the PSAR are titled "Return" or "Statement" to be filed on "First Appointment". While this will serve the purpose of the first statutory requirement of disclosure for new recruits, it is wrongly titled for the next two categories of officers who will make disclosures every year and upon the enforcement of this Act. This confusion in the title of the declaration and statements of movable and immovable properties must be removed immediately and appropriately titled forms must be released for each category. 2) The Lokpal Act covers all categories of public servants in Section 14. These include the Prime Minister, Union Ministers, Members of Parliament, civil servants, employees and managers of public sector undertakings, universities, boards, trusts and societies or autonomous bodies wholly or partly financed by the Central Government and any organisation which receives foreign contribution of more than Rs. 10 lakh per year (USD 1,6950 where 1USD= INR59) under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010. The Prime Minister is the competent authority for receiving declarations of assets and liabilities of the Union Ministers as per the Code of Conduct adopted first in 1964 and revised later in 1992 (4th attachment). This Code does not require the Prime Minister to disclose his/her assets to anybody. However, Section 44 read with Section 14 of the Lokpal Act requires the Prime Minister also to publicly declare his/her assets. So the Government will have to notify who the competent authority shall be to receive the PM's first declaration and subsequent annual returns under this Act and make them accessible to the public. Perhaps it should be the President as he alone is higher in the executive hierarchy to the PM. GoI must issue a clarification on this issue. It is not clear if the templates notified by the DoPT are intended for the use of 'public servants' other than 'civil servants' The larger issue will be securing compliance in the non-governmental organisations in the social and voluntary sector which receive foreign funding above Rs. 10 lakh per year. Their directors managers, and officers will also have to make disclosures of their assets and liabilities to the competent authority in such organisations. These will have to be made public on their respective websites. However, there is no clear cut mechanism in the Lokpal Act to ensure such compliance. 3) According to the text of the gazette notification of the Rules, it was to be published in Official Gazette on 14th July, 2014. However this set of Rules is not uploaded either in the Ordinary Gazette Section or the Extraordinary Gazette Section of the E-gazette website of GoI. I tried looking for it but could not find it. If readers are able to find it on the E-Gazette website, kindly let me know and I will issue a corrigendum. 4) These Rules do not come up under the 'What's New' Segment of DoPT's website either. Instead it is tucked away in the Circular Portal of GoI which is password protected. However readers may access it through Google by keying in the complete title of the Rules. The link is: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02ser/MX-M452N_20140716_172536.pdf The Government of India ought to have advertised these Rules in a big way as it is such a novel step forward in bringing about more accountability and transparency in the functioning of the bureaucracy. Integrity systems will be strengthened through such disclosures. However the quiet manner in which this Rule has been notified is perplexing to say the least. Nevertheless, all credit must go to the State Government of Bihar for taking such a step for its public servants in 2011. Starting with the Chief Minister and down to the clerical staff, every public servant was required to publicly declare their assets and liabilities annually. However this practice seems to have died out after two years because the assets related information on this website has not been updated since 2013. Readers may check this fact for themselves at: Asset Declaration Kindly circulate this email widely. Thanks Venkatesh NayakProgramme Coordinator Access to Information Programme Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative B-117, 1st Floor, Sarvodaya Enclave New Delhi- 110 017
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    Call up any of the officers on this list and ask: "Who is the SPIO under the RTI Act 2005 in your office ?" http://fcs.up.nic.in/upfood/fcsportal/information/contactaddress.aspx
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    You will have to check the SIC website OR call the SIC and get a copy of the order: Jharkhand State Information Commission Jharkhand State Information Commission
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    There are some "official" surveys by the Government and several by NGOs. But no one can vouch for their authenticity or genuineness.
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    You can file a RTI with the PIO of HEIS College and ask for the copy of rules and regulations governing the salary to be paid and increments to be given to......
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    This information will only be available with the Bureau of Immigration (BoI) BoI is under the Intelligence Bureau (IB) - an organisation exempt from RTI under Sec 24 - except for information related to corruption and human rights issues.
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    vaidy14, Try to get this information published in the Media. Also try to get it published in Citizen Matters - Bangalore News, Views & Opinions
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