• Atul Patankar's Avatar
    08-28-2014
    As reported at economictimes.indiatimes.com on 28 August 2014 NEW DELHI: The Centre has announced that it would provide financial aid to states to set up facilities for online filing of applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and others initiatives aimed at simplification and promotion of the transparency law. A fund of up to Rs 3lakh for celebration of RTI Week (October 5-12) and Rs four lakh for innovative awareness generation programme through street plays, folk troupes etc has been earmarked by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). An amount of Rs four lakh per year has been earmarked for the states to set up helpline for answering queries of the general public regarding the RTI Act in their respective regional language. "Funds would be granted to Administrative Training Institutes (ATIs) based on their respective proposal subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs 4 lakh per annum in the first year which would include rental charges for a telephone line, computer system for data storage, salary for the person manning the helpline and stationery, etc. "The grants for the subsequent years would be restricted to Rs 2 lakh per annum. Such helplines could be set up in collaboration with NGOsworking in the field of RTI," the DoPT said in its detailed guidelines for the grant. The DoPT has also decided to give grant to states for simplifying the process of filing of RTI applications through an online system. "The facility of filing RTI applications and appeals online through RTI online web portal has been launched and is being implemented in all the ministries or departments of Government of India situated in New Delhi. "The same facility can be extended to the state government offices by sharing with them the software developed by NIC (Headquarters), New Delhi," it said. The Administrative Training Institutes may play the role of catalyst in the implementation of the facility in the public authorities located in the state. "Proposals in this regard are invited from ATIs and funds would be granted on the basis of such proposal," the DoPT said. The state governments are also being encouraged to improve record management and suo motu disclosure of information related to their working through financial grants proposed by it. Besides, Rs 5 lakh (per case basis) will be given to states for carrying out field-based research on RTI and Rs 1 lakh for organising workshops and seminars on promotion of the transparency law. The RTI Act, 2005, empowers the citizen to seek time bound response from a government department on governance matters.
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    08-27-2014
    Atul Patankar started a thread RTI Happenings: Bollywood brought under RTI Act in RTI in Media
    As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 26 August 2011 In an unprecedented move that comes as a setback to Bollywood actors and artistes and brings cheer to their fans, stalkers and film journalists, the entire Indian film fraternity has been brought under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Reacting to the move, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan said, "I have nothing to hide. I have even declared my slipper size (nine), and the fact that even today I don't pick up money thrown at me." Members of the public will be able to file a simple RTI application to know the details of which actor is having an affair with whom, why Sajid Khan is allowed to make films, which actress had a nose job and even the modus operandi of lifting plots from Hollywood films. One RTI plea regarding the Shah Rukh Khan-Wankhede Stadium incident has already been answered. According to the reply, the stadium guard asked SRK, "Wankhede kya kar rahe ho?" SRK responded with, "Guard doonga!" to which the guard said he was "already on his guard", infuriating the owner of KKR. Now a film is being planned on the incident called "Oh My Guard (OMG)!" A Bollywood aficionado was planning to file an RTI to find out why filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt scratches himself so much on TV. The witty producer-director responded with: "Everybody has to start from scratch but to itch his own" and proceeded to vigorously scratch himself on the spot. Sources say he is planning to make a film with a Chinese superstar called Khuj Lee. Interestingly, the following interaction from a court scene was also revealed by an RTI application: Sajid Khan: Yes, women are objectified in my films. Actress: I object your honour. Sajid: Yes you are. There are a number of RTI applications already piling up for Bollywood. Mocktale decided to list some of them: 1. Why are cops always late in films? 2. Why doesn't a hero's gun ever run out of bullets? 3. How do heroes (and SUVs in Rohit Shetty films) manage to defy gravity and physics? 4. Why does an actress/actor always die in a love-triangle? 5. How does a group of strangers know the exact dance moves when a hero/heroine starts dancing? 6. Why are people in films always struggling for money for some operation? Hasn't anyone heard of health insurance? 7. How is it that the villain's men die in a single shot but the hero's friend takes ages to die after taking some 35 bullets and mouthing some emotional lines and teary goodbyes? 8. Why is the sole honest politician usually an aged man who gets bumped off in the middle of the film? 9. Why is Salman Khan allergic to shirts? 10. One gentleman wants to file an RTI application to find out if Big B is his dad ever since he heard him say "Rishtey mai to hum tumhare baap lagte hain." Hopefully the film industry will answer these queries soon. Stories in Mocktale are works of fiction intended to bring a smile to your face. They bear no connection to events and characters in real life
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