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    IGL was declared a PA but went to court...where the matter is pending at present.
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    The time limit for filing first appeal is 30 days from the date the PIOs reply was received OR the date when it was supposed to be received. Therefore, your first appeal time limit expired on 2/2/2015. Hence it is better to refile a new RTI application and start the process all over again. Please read: Guide Section Fundamental Facts about RTI How to use your Right to Information RTI FAQ
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    karira has just uploaded Hardicon Ltd is not a public authority under RTI! The Delhi High Court has ruled that Hardicon Limited is not a public authority under RTI. 15. The CIC held that as 6
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    I am equally puzzled. If someone files a RTI and asks for this document, then cannot give it with all these riders !
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    It is a compilation of various SIC decisions in Gujarati.
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    Thread moved to Appeals & Decisions section of the forum.
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    I think you are a PIO or a FAA. 1. Please read the definition of "information" in Sec 2 (f). Does it exclude "information" already in the public domain ? It does not. Therefore. if information is held by the public authority, it has to be provided - irrespective of whether it is already in the public domain or not. (ARGUMENT: If PIO provides information to person A, then the information is said to be disclosed and 'not held by the PA' or "in public domain". So, if person B applies for the same information, can you tell him that you will not provide because irt is already in the public domain OR ask him to contact person A and collect the information ?) 2. If you are the designated PIO, it is your mandatory duty to reply to all RTI applications by - either providing the information sought OR denying it under any sub-section of Sec 8.
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    2 Days Ago
    You can get a copy of your own answer sheet but not the answer sheet of other candidates.
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    Please also give a brief in English, as to what is the circular about ?
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    2 Days Ago
    This proposal has already been rejected. Please read this full thread: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/135145-dopt-considering-postal-stamp-payment-rti-application.html
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    2 Days Ago
    welcome to Rajasthan Information Commission File a RTI with the PIO of the Rajasthan SIC and seek the information about your pending appeal as well as the number in the waiting list.
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    2 Days Ago
    What was the exact information sought by the applicant ? Any particular reason why he is being called for inspection - instead of providing him copies, etc. ?
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    2 Days Ago
    If they were doing it till now, well it was illegal.
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    2 Days Ago
    Welcome to www.rtiindia.org Please read the links given in following pages, for further guidance: Home Page Links RTI Guide RTI FAQ Drafting a good RTI application ======== If you have any further queries, please post them here and our helpful members will guide you further.
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    2 Days Ago
    The news report is about MP SIC....maybe they have such an arrangement for priority hearing to women.
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    @sunilparab Please understand one simple thing: The Information Commissioners, Officers, and staff of the SIC (or CIC) have not come descended from Heaven. They come from the same offices/entities/public authorities because of whom, you and me started filing RTI applications. If they have the same genetic make-up and attitude, why do you expect them to be any different ? PLUS remember, RTI was supposed to "reduce corruption". But as you would have noticed by now, RTI has actually added more avenues of corruption - the people in the information commissions.
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    3 Days Ago
    This is a fact of life in RTI ! And Info Commissioners know it very well and intentionally try to delay the whole process. For example, today I received information related to corruption. The RTI was filed in March 2009 ! It is 6 years now. The person who was corrupt is retired and also died 2 years ago. What do I do now......go to HELL to get him nabbed ?
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    3 Days Ago
    karira replied to a thread Company cheated me in Non RTI Issues
    Post demerged from another thread and started a new thread with appropriate subject line.
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    3 Days Ago
    Please read this thread: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/138313-what-should-ideal-time-span-between-first.html It has a query similar to yours and has been adequately answered.
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    First Appeal delivered on 15 Jan 2015 FAA has 45 days to respond. Response till 03 March 2015 Add another 7 days for postal delay. 10 March 2015 The FAAs orders should have been received before 10 March 2015. No response has been received as yet. Time limit for filing second appeal: 90 days from date when FAAs order was to be received. Therefore, you need to file a second appeal before 03 June 2015. ============== First send a gentle reminder to the FAA and remind him about Sec 19(6) wherein he has to give the order within 45 days. Wait till 20 April 2015. If still no order from FAA, file second appeal. ============== Avoid making a complaint to the SIC / CIC since a the IC cannot order disclosure of information while hearing a complaint under Sec 18.
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    Have any approvals to be obtained to locate that project ? If yes, who grants the approvals ? The answers to these questions will help you draft a correct RTI application an whom to submit it to. Please read: Guide to drafting a good RTI application
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    Best is to file a RTI application and ask for "inspection" of the file related to this subject matter. When you inspect the file, then you will be able to read the "file notings" from various officers/staff. The file notings will give you an indication as to why something was done or not done.
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    4 Days Ago
    karira replied to a thread Hello All! in Say Hello
    Welcome to the portal ! Have a nice and valuable time here with us.
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    HC stays order to bring Attorney General of India's office under RTI NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court Wednesday stayed till April 27 a decision of its single judge to bring the Attorney General of India's (AGI) office under the RTI Act. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw said that the single judge's findings "require consideration" and it will hear the appeal filed by the Centre against the ruling. In its appeal the law ministry argued that the AG is not a "public authority" as defined under the Act and the single judge erred in extending the ambit of the transparency law to the AG. In its order, earlier this month, the single judge held AG's office to be a public authority on the ground that he performs functions by virtue of Article 76(2) of the Constitution of India. The single judge reversed a December 2012 CIC order that AG is not a public authority. Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar and additional solicitor general Sanjay Jain maintained that AG's position is unique since he is a lawyer for the government and also renders sensitive legal opinion on matters of policy. Earlier the single judge had refused to consider the government's argument that there was a practical difficulty in providing information under the Act as the office of the AG does not have the requisite infrastructure. It gave the ruling on the petitions of RTI activists Subhash Agarwal and R K Jain, who demanded that the office of the AG must be brought under the transparency law. The court had directed the AG to reconsider the RTI application of Jain as his plea for information was denied on basis of the CIC order that the office of AGI is not a public authority. The CIC, in its 2012 order, had expressed the opinion that the AGI was only a person and could not be considered as an "authority" and, therefore, fell outside sweep of section 2(h) of the RTI Act. Section 2(h) of the Act defines 'public authority'. While setting aside the CIC order, the court had noted that the expression 'authority' under RTI Act would include all persons or bodies that have been conferred power to perform the functions entrusted to them and those performing advisory functions cannot be excluded. Read More: HC stays order to bring Attorney General of India's office under RTI - The Times of India
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    5 Days Ago
    For PAs under the Central Govt., there are no fees for first appeal. Some states RTI rules do prescribe charges for first appeal. Check under which govt. is your PA and if that state govt ahs any fees prescribed for RTI first appeal. RTI Rules of various states are available in the Guide section of the portal: Guide
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    5 Days Ago
    karira replied to a thread Commercial meter in Non RTI Issues
    This portal is dedicated to discussing issues related to the RTI Act 2005. You will not get any guidance here to general issues and requests for clarifications/doubts ! Thread closed.
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    5 Days Ago
    Why are you going through the dealer / agent ? Go yourself to the RTO and complete all formalities....only official charges have to be paid.
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    What is annexure K ?
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    The PIO has 30 days to respond to your RTI application, from the date of recipt. Add another 5 to 7 days for postal delays. Has that time period passed/over ? If yes, then file a first appeal for "deemed denial" of information. A ready made format for such a first appeal is available here: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/attachments/ask-rti-query/2057d1272605984-rti-help-regarding-final-settlement-central-govt-employee-general-first-appeal-deemed-refusal-information.doc Use it after modifying it for your case/circumstances.
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    Information has to be provided if it is available on "record". Has the record been destroyed ? If no, then they have to provide it OR provide proof of destruction of record. Remind the SIC about Sec 4(1)(a) where the PA is supposed to index and catalog its entire records. If they had done that, then question of old or new records will not be there.
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    1. Yes, first appeal is maintainable. Just send a letter to the PIO (by speed post/registered post) and inform him that you have already filed a first appeal on....... and much before his reply. Hence his reply is now infructuous. In any case, as per Sec 6(3), he should have transferred the RTI to the other PIO within 5 days of receiving the RTI and not after XX days ! Another thing that you can do is to send a "addendum" to the first appeal to the FAA. Inform him about the letter you received from the PIO and also point out the above deficiencies in the method of PIO. 2. Cannot understand your doubt. Has the FAA conducted a hearing and passed an order ? If no, then he has 30+15 days (add another 5 to 7 days for postal delay). Wait till he passes the order. 3. State the same things that you have mentioned in your post + the suggestions given here. 4. Just ignore the delay between letter date / posting date / receipt date. It is too small. Just concentrate on getting the info you want. 5. & 6. no comments 7. Yes, the new PIO is supposed to provide you the information within 30 days from the date he received the transferred RTI application. If he does not, then follow the same process of first appeal to the FAA of the new PIO.
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    5 Days Ago
    Reply to what ? Already members have given you enough citations. Please read all the posts in this thread as well as the links given in them.
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    Mumbai: Corrupt officials did not spare even rape survivors, farmers The fact that those in power take bribes will not come as a surprise to anyone; however, what is shocking in the 83 cases mentioned in an Anti-Corruption Bureau list is the background of the victims. Here are some of the sinners. How low would a person have to sink to seek a 'cut' from the money being handed over to a rape survivor? Vinod Bhosale, an official from the Women and Child Welfare department, no less, could have the answer to that question. He was caught red-handed trying to extract Rs 20,000 from a rape survivor to hand over her Rs 50,000 cheque under a government scheme to aid victims of such crimes. What’s even worse is that Bhosale is just one of 83 government officials, figuring on a list compiled by the state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), who were caught red handed and arrested for taking bribes in 2014 from the poorest of the poor to give them the benefits they are entitled to under various government schemes. The list of shame includes doctors trying to fleece elderly women before giving them spectacles, health officers demanding money to release cheques for constructing toilets and even a school principal, who asked a cook making mid-day meals for children to fork out Rs 1,500 before releasing her salary cheque. Even poor farmers, many of whom have been driven to suicide because of their financial situation, were not spared. ACB officials say the details of these cases are meant to give a clearer picture of how the benefits from various government schemes meant for people living below the poverty line either fail to reach them in full or are made available to them after a long delay. The only silver lining in this sordid tale is that in 2014, the ACB saw a considerable increase in the number of people approaching it to complain. Amazed “It is the height of shamelessness. Whether it’s a rape survivor, a senior citizen or people looking for basic needs like toilets in their villages, the corrupt babus have not spared a single person coming to them for availing these benefits. We have also arrested a principal from a Latur-based school who asked for Rs 1,500 from a cook of a municipal school to release her cheque for providing mid-day meals for the students,” an ACB official said. According to ACB officials, there are around 38 different government schemes to give subsidies and other benefits to people living below the poverty line. Of these, the main schemes are Employment Generation Scheme, Indira Avas Yojana, Ekatmik Vikas Yojana, Rajeev Gandhi Health Scheme and others related to goat farming, water supply and tap connection. There are also schemes for rape victims, dalits, slum dwellers etc. To avail the benefits under the schemes, the villagers often have to go through the gram sevaks or their village head to get the amount. Many of the villagers are illiterate and usually give away a portion of what they are supposed to get as a cut or a bribe to speed up the payment process because they know that those who refuse to pay up are made to run from pillar to post. “The schemes are meant for very poor people that need the government’s help to improve their quality of life and these officers demand money even from them to get the benefits of the schemes. Some of the complainants have approached us from faraway places like Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Washim, Yavatmal and Amravati, and we have arrested the accused,” said Pravin Dixit, Director General of Police, ACB, Maharashtra. Sparing no one ACB officials said they were shocked when they found doctors, health officers and even a school principal indulging in such activities. “One government officer demanded money to release cheques for building toilets in a village in Nashik. The gramsevak was arrested while taking Rs 600 from the complainant to release his cheques. A doctor was also arrested for demanding R400 from poor elderly women for giving them spectacles under the government’s health scheme,” said Dixit. Unemployed villagers work under the Employment Generation Scheme of the government, but when it comes to releasing their wages, the Panchayat Samiti officers demand a cut from them. “Some such villagers approached us and we trapped around 14 officers,” said an ACB official. Officers also arrested around 12 government employees who demanded money from poor people who had got fund for housing from the government. “The officers from the Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samitis and Gramsevaks demanded money to release cheques under the Indira Vikas Yojana,” the official added. “They (corrupt babus) don’t understand that such schemes are meant for very poor people who don’t have food or employment and make do with the money they get for whatever days they can get employment through government schemes. The corrupt officials demand cuts even from them. We had published our numbers in such areas and that’s how the complainants approached us,” said the official.
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    Defying RTI, undermining democracy For two years, national political parties have defied the RTI Act that they themselves passed. They have not sought legal remedy either by appealing against the CIC order declaring them to be Public Authorities. If lawmakers defy the law in this fashion, it sets a bad precedent. Political parties should be more accountable if they break the law, not less Six national parties in India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Indian National Congress (INC), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Communist Party of India (CPI), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPM and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), have refused to comply with the Central Information Commission (CIC) order of 2013 declaring them as Public Authorities. On March 16, 2015, the CIC passed another order which in effect said that it was helpless in the matter and would not impose penalty or enforce compliance of its 2013 order. Earlier, it had issued summons on three occasions to the parties concerned to present their arguments, all of which were ignored. The new order says that penalty can only be imposed on the Public Information Officer (PIO) and since the political parties have not appointed them, no action can be taken. The contention and reality For two years, these national parties have defied a law which they themselves passed. Nor have they sought legal remedy by appealing in court against the earlier CIC Order declaring them to be Public Authorities. If such a situation is allowed to continue, it raises questions. For instance if a non-governmental organisation (NGO), company or individual defies the law, there are legal consequences. But if lawmakers and political parties defy the law, what are the consequences? Let us recall that political parties come to power based on the people’s mandate and then run governments. They in turn control people’s money, collected in the form of taxes and natural resources. Parties are a vital part of democracy and are trustees of people’s resources. Therefore, they should be more responsible and accountable if they break the law, not less. Before we go into the legal technicalities, we need to look at the spirit behind these issues. Political parties contend that they are not under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) and hence do not need to comply with the CIC order. They have a right to that opinion. However, there are some laws that citizens may feel are unjust. For instance, the cyber law that is usually used against any citizen who puts out material that someone powerful considers to be offensive. Or the anti-sedition law. Can a citizen defy such a law and get away with it? He or she could be arrested immediately. The only remedy for him or her is to go to court. So, are we about to create a situation where political parties can defy the law and get away with it, without even bothering to challenge the CIC order in court? Democracy cannot thrive when lawmakers break the law. Public respect for political parties is already at an all-time low and such actions by them will only strengthen this further. Faith in law and order, and where the weak and the powerful are supposed to be treated equal is also very low. This further undermines democracy. Meanwhile, the new government has not yet appointed a CIC nearly a year after coming to power. This is an effective way of scuttling the RTI Act. Remedies Coming to the specific issue, there are at least two opposing views. One says that the CIC is indeed helpless to enforce compliance of its order as there is a lacuna in the law. The other point of view is that the CIC can impose penalties on party office-bearers in the absence of a PIO. Earlier Supreme Court judgments have said that when legal powers are given, it is implied that the power to enforce it is also given. Else, the Act itself ends up becoming meaningless. The matter is very likely going to end up in court and with a judgment that will have far-reaching consequences. There are a few possible remedies. One is for political parties to be more responsible and follow the CIC order or have the courage to challenge it in court. No individual party is willing to challenge the order since it would go against public opinion. Another remedy is to amend the Act to clarify the consequences of defying a CIC order and arm the CIC with explicit powers. A third is for the court to give a judgment. It will be very difficult for Parliament to pass an amendment to exempt only political parties from the RTI while retaining other organisations under it. It would be struck down as being unconstitutional as an earlier judgment in fact did to an amendment to the Representation of the People Act (RP) Act which exempt candidates from disclosing their assets. Why scrutiny? If the CIC cannot enforce its orders it means that the RTI Act is effectively null and void. But the real issue is not only about whether the CIC can or cannot enforce its orders. It is also about whether political parties should be under the RTI. People also ask whether companies and NGOs should come under the RTI. The spirit behind the Act is that organisations that use or control public resources need to be accountable to the public and open to scrutiny. The tortuous, legal red herrings that parties use — which includes the fundamental right of freedom of association — do not in anyway alter the fact that they control crores of tax money when in power. No other category of organisations has that power. Applying this, the political parties definitely need to be under the RTI. Companies and NGOs do not have the power that parties have and often enough do not even use taxpayer money. But they should also accept being under the RTI in keeping with the spirit of a modern, open, democratic society. About transparency If we dig deeper, the real question is this: what are parties afraid of? Their apparent objection that minutes of internal meetings of a political party — that discuss party strategy or suitability of candidates for ticket distribution for example — cannot be made public, are excuses. It can easily be dealt with by suitable exemptions which are in any case available under the existing RTI Act. The real fear is exposure of their finances, as some admit in private. Their declared income does not disclose the source of about 75 per cent of their donations. Their undisclosed sources of income is anybody’s guess. Parties are fighting to keep this a secret, fighting for their very survival as they see it. This is a short-sighted view as the recent Delhi elections have shown. Perhaps, voters are changing and appreciate transparency more than big money campaigns. If party election strategists can understand this or if entrenched, vested interests within parties can be removed, change is possible. This can only do good to the party in the long run. We are at a critical point in our democracy. Today, money plays an important role in winning elections. If that changes, then people become more important than money. Let us make no mistake about what is at stake here: real democracy where political parties are not mere vote gathering machines, but are vibrant, democratic organisations that are truly representative of the people, by the people and, most importantly, for the people. (Trilochan Sastry is professor at IIM Bangalore and Founder, Association for Democratic Reforms.) Read More: Defying RTI, undermining democracy - The Hindu
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    Corp's bitumen sale irks contractors THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The sale of bitumen for road works at prices higher than the market rate by the city corporation has invited protest from the corporation contractors. The contractors have raised complaints that the engineering wing has been charging them more than Rs 50,000 per metric tonne of bitumen while corporation purchases bitumen from Kochi at a rate of less than Rs 40,000. This apparent difference of more than Rs 10,000 has been pushing the contractors to crisis with scarce sum left as profit, the contractors said. The engineering wing has been charging the contractors with new rates as per the revised schedule rates. However, they point out that when corporation purchases bitumen at a much lesser rate, the contractors are forced to suffer huge loss. As per the system, corporation buys bitumen and then supplies it to contractors. Even a small work of Rs 10 lakh related to construction or maintenance of road would require four-five tonnes of bitumen and contractors have been bearing the loss of Rs 10,000 for each tonne ever since the schedule rates were revised. Works standing committee chairman V S Padmakumar said that as per the files, the amount of purchase is Rs 55,000 and hence it has to be deducted from contractors. "I haven't looked into the matter closely. If there is discrepancy, it will be solved," he said. Information obtained through RTI shows that corporation buys bitumen at Rs 39,852 per metric tonne. The conveyance charge is Rs 2,620 per MT. The contractor is charged Rs 55,900, about Rs 15,000 higher than the actual rate. RTI query also reveals that no handling charges are levied from the contractors. The contractors are also being made to pay Rs 285 for every empty barrel even though it is clearly mentioned in the RTI reply that corporation buys packed bitumen. The corporation carries out maintenance works worth Rs 20-26 crore in various wards under different heads in a fiscal. "If the contractor is made to suffer loss for works of such huge nature, we will have to shift to protest mode," said a contractor. The civic body has purchased a total of 2,182 barrel of bitumen between January and March 2015. Six and-a-half barrels account for a tonne of bitumen as per the estimates of engineering wing. "There has to be an answer as to where does the extra money go. The purchase amount is much lesser than what we are made to pay. At the end of a work, we are left with nothing and at this rate no new work can be taken up," another contractor said. The corporation already owes contractors arrears worth Rs 7 crore for works undertaken with plan fund. Read More: Corp's bitumen sale irks contractors - The Times of India
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    Not so safe: 2 bird hits a month at Chennai airport Bird strikes don't cause as many air accidents as they used to till a couple of decades ago, thanks to better resilience and back-up mechanisms of aircraft, but they continue to be a risk. And Chennai has had at least two bird hits every month last year. An RTI query by TOI has found that the number of bird hits at Chennai airport rose from 24 in 2010 to 32 in 2013, but dipped to 22 in 2014. This February, there have been five such incidents at the airport. According to an airline official, the dip in numbers - from 32 in 2013 to 22 in 2014 - could be attributed to underreporting than to preventive measures. That is, though bird hits get reported at the airport, at times the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) is not intimated. DGCA said 162 cases of bird strikes were recorded at Chennai airport in the last five years. The airport ranked fifth in the number of hits across the country since 2010.Throughout India, 71 airports reported 2,946 bird hits from 2010 to 2014. There has been a yearly increase in the number of cases from 367 in 2010 to 669 in 2014. Last year, Delhi airport recorded the maximum number of bird hits, 146. It was followed by Mumbai (69), Ahmedabad (61), Kolkata (55), Hyderabad (34), Kochi (24), Chennai (22) and Bengaluru (18). Bird strikes can damage the aircraft's engine, wing flaps and fuselage thus forcing the airlines to ground the plane and carry out expensive repairs. The financial loss reported by domestic airlines due to bird hits and animal hits has been increasing over the past few years - Rs 7.5 crore in 2010, Rs 12.27 crore in 2013 and Rs 25.72 crore in 2014. Poor disposal of garbage, to which birds and their prey are attracted, in areas surrounding airports is the primary reason. The increase in air traffic has also contributed to the frequency of hits. Director of Institute of Bird Studies, Rishi Valley, V Shantaram, said illegal slaughter houses, garbage dumps in the vicinity of airports cause bird hits during take-off and landing. "Birds commonly involved in strikes have adapted to living around concrete structures including airports," he said. According to observers, birds that fly in dense flocks -like gulls, waterfowl, vultures and egrets -are commonly involved in bird hits. K V Sudhakar of Madras Naturalists' Society said bird hits increase during winter because of mass migration of birds. "Some birds are attracted to water pools formed on runways during monsoon. Tall grass on airport grounds serves as a breeding ground for mice, snakes and frogs that attract birds. Pigeon population across the country has also increased in the last few years, mainly because of the mushrooming high-rise buildings," he said. A senior DGCA official said they have constituted an airfield environment management committee to ensure that no illegal slaughter house or garbage dump exists near airports. "It is constituted at every airport to identify sources of stray animals or bird attraction at the airport and take necessary steps to prevent bird strike," said an official. According to The Aircraft Rule, 1937 (rule 91) disposal of garbage in the open within 10km of the airport is a cognizable offence attracting a fine of Rs 1 lakh or three month imprisonment or both. Read More: Not so safe: 2 bird hits a month at Chennai airport - The Times of India
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    6 Days Ago
    karira started a thread RTI Happenings: Haryana: On SEZ land, a global smart city in RTI in Media
    On SEZ land, a global smart city NEW DELHI: About 800 acres of the total land the Haryana government got back from Reliance Haryana SEZ Limited (RHSL) in February last year will be developed as a global city having all the attributes of a smart city as the Narendra Modi government has envisioned. "The city shall be one of its kind in India. It will be designed by integrating smart community concepts ranging from water supply and power to integration of IT services in managing various utilities of the area. The project components would include festive and leisure (components), including an exhibition and convention centre, high value innovation and knowledge industries, central business district and township etc," says the concept note on the global city. The project will be developed by a special entity through a 50:50 partnership between the Haryana State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC). While the state finance minister said on Tuesday his government would investigate how the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda government did not invite bids for the scrapped SEZ project, the new government seems to be keen on the global city project in the outskirts of Gurgaon. In response to an RTI application filed by a Gurgaon-based activist, Aseem Takyar, the HSIIDC said DMICDC has appointed a consultant for preparing the master plan for the global city project. Sources in DMICDC said the state agency is working on the site boundary. According to the RTI reply, the board of directors of HSIIDC had approved the setting up of a joint venture in its meeting on March 14, 2014. "Work is going on and the project may be rolled out by the end of this year," a government source said. The concept note also mentioned that any excess land would be reserved for an exclusive township of HSIIDC and its "monetization to compensate for the opportunity cost of the land". Read More: On SEZ land, a global smart city - The Times of India
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    6 Days Ago
    This is a commercial/legal issue. RTI will not be of any help to you at this stage. Better to contact a lawyer / advocate and proceed legally.
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    6 Days Ago
    What letter are you trying to give ? Is it a ordinary letter or a RTI application (with application fee) ?
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    6 Days Ago
    RTI is only for getting "information". It is not supposed to be for "verification" of your documents. You cannot use RTI to verify your documents.
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    6 Days Ago
    How will not provision of such information within 48 hours, result in someone losing his life or liberty ? No, this will not be covered under life or liberty clause of Sec 7(1).
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    6 Days Ago
    There is no such thing as "Complaint cum RTI". RTI Act 2005 is not meant for complaining against anything....it is only meant for getting information available on record. What is the information you want to seek ? From whom do you want to seek that information ? Please read: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/blogs/karira/4403-transparency-rti.html
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    6 Days Ago
    The judgment of the Supreme Court is attached to this post.
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    1 Week Ago
    karira replied to a thread Personal Loan in Ask for RTI Query
    ICICI Bank is not under RTI. They are not obligated to provide you any information under RTI.
    5 replies | 110 view(s)
  • karira's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    All different threads started by the same poster on the same topic, have been merged into one single thread.
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    1 Week Ago
    The funds allocated are fixed and you can get the information on the funds spent from the Coillectors office. File a RTI application with the PIO of the collectors office.
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    1 Week Ago
    I suggest that you also use the "search" bar available at the top right hand side of every page, to search for the topic or words you are interested in. Most of the queries you have put up have many discussions on them on the forum/portal. Just spend an hour reading all the links in the search results and you will get good material and knowledge to take this PA on. ========== For example, just search for "section 25" and you will get the following results: https://www.google.co.in/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=section%2025%20site%3Awww.rtiindia.org
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    1 Week Ago
    1. Complain to DoPT itself - that their guidelines are not being implemented by XXXX department. Wait for a reasonable time - lets say 30 to 45 days and then file a RTI with the PIO of DoPT to find out what action was taken on your complaint. 2. There is no provision in the Act for the language of reply. Normally the PIO should reply to you in the same language as the RTI application EXCEPT if you ask for copies of documents. Those copies will be given to you in the language they are - and PIO will not translate them for you. Problem will arise in states with strong linguistic identities / lobbies - like TN, Maharashtra & Karnataka...where the PIO might reply to you in local language. 3. Yes, as per RTI Act, PIO has to provide information to the applicant and not just upload on the website. 4. No such stipulation in the Act. However, some States do provide for it in their RTI Rules. A few orders of CIC and SIC also state that PIO must provide information by speed post / registered post. 5. The PIO has no obligation to upload any information regarding Sec 4. That is the obligation of the public authority. The Act does not put the responsibility on a specific person but the entire public authority. Sec 4 is D-E-A-D and so is its implementation. There is a committee of ex commissioners formed by DoPT which is looking into Sec 4 disclosures and how to force PAs to implement Sec 4....but nothing heard from the committee except that they are taking their salary and perquisites every month. Just forget about Sec 4..... 6. In this query you are asking the PIO to collate/format (or tabulate) information already available with him and not to create it. File a first appeal on the grounds that you have asked for information in a particular "format" and not "form" (as Sec 7(9) states). The two are entirely different. Please also read some threads in the following search results: https://www.google.co.in/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=create%20compile%20site%3Awww.rtiindia.org (NOTE: There are multiple pages of results) 7. As per Sec 4(1)(b)(xvi) such boards have to be put up and many offices have pout them up. Some have removed them. Alternatively address the RTI application to the PIO and submit by hand to the "inward" department of the office/department. Remember to carry a copy with you - which they will stamp, put a date/signature and that will be your proof of submission. 8. They have top provide all the information you asked for - online + postal. File a first appeal on the grounds that the PA is supposed to make a monthly/quarterly report to CIC/SIC (please read Sec 25 of the Act) giving these details. If they do not even have the details, how are they providing the report to CIC/SIC ? 9. They have to be shown separately. Please see the format of the data/report to be given to CIC: Guide For The Public Authority (Page 1): Central Information Commission (CIC) Online 10. File a first appeal for "incorrect & misleading" information. Enclose copies of both the replies and both the RTIs and clearly explain as to how the information is different. Before doing that first check that the information you asked for in the two applications pertains to the same period or different periods ? 11. Read Sec 25. They are supposed to provide this information in the quarterly report. How are they providing the information if they are not even maintaining it. ============ If you play your cards right you can take this PA to the cleaners........they seem to be totally unaware of the RTI Act. They are getting (as per your figures) more than 6 applications / day and should have their house in order by now.
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  • karira's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Do you mean to say that - all those complaints/appeals of mine which CIC has lost have actually been sold as "raddi" and a bottle purchased from the proceeds ?
    3 replies | 140 view(s)
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