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DMRC to provide complete list of incidences of Delhi Metro train halts

delhi metro haltsDelhi Metro Rail Corporation are under legal obligation to provide complete list of incidences when Delhi Metro trains services are halted due to technical snag or due to other reasons on all routs/ lines, along with duration of halt and service, free of cost rules CIC. The decision can be downloaded from here!

Does this decision has a wider ramification? Can citizen ask for information about other trains, bus services and also the flights which are delayed or cancelled. Post you views at our forum. Read more ›




Personal hearing important while deciding first appeal under RTI

deciding first appeal under RTIFirst Appellate Authority decided the case without inviting RTI Applicant for hearing. Central Information Commission remanded back the RTI case to First Appellate Authority (FAA) with directions to decide the appeal after affording an opportunity to the appellant for hearing. Not giving personal hearing to the appellant to make their submissions is against the principles of natural justice and even the provisions of Section 19 (1) of the RTI Act 2005. Thus, it is not legally tenable. (Learn how to file RTI Online here with our simple guide)

Earlier the CPIO vide his response had simply denied the required information to the appellant by taking a plea under Section 11 of the RTI Act 2005 without mentioning as to whether the comments of the Third Party was invited or not. Surprisingly, FAA mentioned that the procedure laid down relating to third party has been followed by the CPIO and the parties concerned have given in writing that the applicant has family disputes and business rivalry with them and as per the Section 11 of the RTI Act 2005, no such information may be given to him. CIC recorded that “the views of CPIO and FAA are in a divergent direction. As such, these are not legally tenable.” Read more ›




You shall lose if you don’t press your appeal

press your caseAccording to Central Information Commission if you or your respondent authority don’t press for your case either ways before them, the commission shall not be able to find any fruitful purpose in proceeding in the case and the case shall be liable to be dismissed. (If You have questions relating to RTI, kindly post at our forum here!)

The Commission have given due notice, but neither complainant nor the respondents appeared before the Commission to press their cases. In view of this, the Commission felt that

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Committees are not Public Authority

Committees are not public authority

Committees are not public authority

CIC has decided that a Committee does not fall under the category of Public Authority as defined in the RTI Act.

CIC stated that: “It is pertinent to mention here that section 2(h) of the RTI Act,2005 define the public authority. The relevant section 2(h) of the RTI Act, 2005 reads as follows:-

“Public authority means any authority, institution, self-government, established/ constituted by Read more ›




NGO under RTI

ngo under rtiContinuing the earlier decision, the CIC has confirmed again that minimum 10% of funds should be received by an NGO from the Government, for an NGO to come under RTI.

“It would be pertinent to mention here that amount one crore or above or 5% of their portfolio is not worth to be construed as substantially funded or not. But what should be the criteria to be construed as substantially financed, will be such percentage which would not be seen as such but it should be actually substantially financed in a real sense by taking all other financial aspect of a particular NGO that may differ case to case. It is immaterial whether it is 10%, 20% or 30% etc. but definitely not below 10% of total overall Read more ›




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