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    How To Save Rti Act 2005 ?


    Our glorious Right to Information Act 2005 is quite exhaustive and has everything except any inbuilt system for its own survival. Section 17 of the Act go to the exend of giving a detailed procedure for ' Removal of CIC or SIC. Section 23 give 'Bar of jurisdiction of courts' Section 25 says of Monitoring and Reporting, Government assumes power to make Rules in Section 27 and Section 29 speaks of 'laying of rules'. Activists vigorously engaged in pmoting the Act forget to see that the Act does not make CIC/SIC accountable to anything, not even a time bound action and Section 17 is Utopia. Has anyone come across our govrnment utilising this powers in case of Justices or anyone similarly placed ? A provision not invoked (otherthan a small beginning in 2 cases), how can become a deterrant all of a sudden ? Though government has the overall responsiblity it does not make anyone to oversee the functioning of CIC and SICs. The CIC has now assumed himself the powers of government and started making Rules {CIC (management) Regulation }, changed his own conditions of service contrary to Section 16, assuming himself attractive portions of the service conditions of High Court/SupremeCourt Justices when his powers is the same as that of an Election commission. He has changed the basic fabrics of the Act making it cityzen hostile from its cityzen friendly nature envisaged in its preamble. The government has not even bothered about such a chalenge. Though the CPIO and AAs are covered by time bound actions, the CIC/SICs are let loose. Often it either exceeds his own limitation of power or neglect to excercise his powers. The SICs has absolutely no concern or any laid down procedure in delaing with cases. Some of them do not consider anything wrong in keeping a complaint pending unattended even from their inception . Oten they spread disinformation on their super-performance with the help of obliging media who are observed to be too keen to attend their Press Conferences and paint a very rosy pictures on them letting the delinquent to have a last laugh and making the appellant a laughing stock.
    This critical cituation call for establishment of a NODAL AGENCY TO OVERLOOK THE PERFORMANCE OF CIC & ALL SICs. Section 17 being an Utopia the Nodal Agency should have the constitutional powers to examine complaints from cityzens on general performance of the CIC, SICs and ICs. In fact this agency should have all the powers to slave drive them including excercing powers given in Section 17. Presently the CIC and SICs are not courts of records and does not follow a uniform procedure nor their orders ae mutually acceptable. The powers given in Section 12(4) of the Act should be vested to this Nodal Agency. Unless we rise our voices in unison for establishment of such an Agency we will be destined to see the RTI Act joining the fleet of Britishraj Acts in the near future.


    Last edited by colnrkurup; 06-10-07 at 04:15 PM.

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    We may only save RTI to made collected the RTI activists and placement of activists in CIC and SIC in place of Administrative Officers. At present the member of DCF is also appointed from social workers. We have to make effort to stop victimisation to RTI users and secondary treatment with them.

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    What is the way out ? Who will bell the cat ?

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    We all activists may do this job if we work collectively for RTI without if and but.

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    Military men are always BRAVE& strong .Kurup hence may come forward to bell the cat to save rtiact . I & many others will immediately follow mr . col surely. Our promise.



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