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    Since 1997, woman sitting on dharna, awaiting justice

    Since 1997, woman sitting on dharna, awaiting justice
    As reported in Express News Service Lucknow, June 4

    In April, District Magistrate was fined for not providing information
    under RTI, but still, no reply materialised

    First her family, then the law-enforcement agencies and now even the
    Right to Information Act seems to have failed 42-year-old Umalakhan

    Expelled from her father's house by her brother, Pal got some respite
    from the High Court, which upheld her right to property. But the court
    order was not implemented and even though Pal filed an RTI application
    in September 2006 to know why, she is yet to receive a reply. This
    even after the District Magistrate has been penalised by the
    Information Commissioner two months ago.

    Pal has been on a dharna before the Vidhan Sabha for the last ten
    years, awaiting the implementation of the court order.

    She had filed an application with the District Magistrate, Lucknow,
    under the Right to Information Act in September 2006, seeking the
    information about the steps the DM and the SSP had taken to comply
    with the HC order.

    Taking cognizance of the fact that the local administration has not
    furnished the information to her, Information Commissioner VK Saxena
    imposed fine on the District Magistrate Chandra Bhanu.
    But even though Saxena passed the order on April 30, no information
    has been provided to Pal till date.

    As per the Information Commissioner's order, the DM will have to pay a
    fine of Rs 250 daily till he provides the information and the maximum
    amount of fine could go up to Rs 25000.

    Uma began her dharna on August 30, 1997, when her brother Bhanu Tiwari
    allegedly expelled her and her husband Supriyelakhan Pal from her
    father's house after the latter's death. She had alleged that Bhanu
    sought to take sole possession of their paternal property located at
    59, Khursheedbagh in Lucknow.

    "I moved the High Court in 2005 that directed the administration to
    ensure my share in the property. But the administration has not taken
    any step to carry out the court's orders," Uma said.
    Regarding her RTI application, Supriyelakhan said: "Police informed us
    that an action has been taken on our submission, but this is a lie. We
    have not got possession on property yet and are forced to live in open
    as we do not have any other shelter."

    Taking note of Saxena's order, Uma said: "Over one month has passed
    after the IC's order, but the DM has not provided any information yet.

    We are again going to approach the IC."
    Responding to the charges, DM Chandra Bhanu said: "The information was
    duly sent to the applicant, but our case was not presented properly
    during the hearings before the RTI court. It will be taken up in next
    hearing on June 13."

    Since 1997, woman sitting on dharna, awaiting justice - ExpressIndia.Com

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    Re: Since 1997, woman sitting on dharna, awaiting justice

    The Revenue department of Gujarat Government refused to give FILE NOTINGS of a public interest matter. I asked what action is taken by the revenue department on Hon. Gujarat High Court orders / Directives dated 18.4.2001 and dated 2.8.2002 passed in SCA # 10621 of 2000 about removing the encroachments from the WATER BODIES of the STATE particularly fron Vadodara Ponds / Lakes and NATURAL STORM WATER DRAINAGES which is of public interest. The Revenue department Dy. Secretary wrote that the FILE NOTINGS can't be given as per GAD RTI Cell circular dated 14.11.2005.
    Even after so many orders of the CIC / States CICs that the FILE NOTINGS are the part of the FILE even than the Best administered State Gujarat Government does't believe in transparency to give FILLE NOTINGS to an RTI Act 2005 applicant.
    The State CIC of Gugarat already passed orders to give FILE NOTINGS but all in Vain for GUJARAT State bureaucrats,
    Dr.R.K.D.Goel Vadodara. Ph: 0265-2647677.

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    Re: Since 1997, woman sitting on dharna, awaiting justice

    Dr. Goel,

    Did you try to show the PIO/AA some copies of CIC/SIC orders allowing disclosure of file notings ?
    If that did not have any effect, then you can directly complain under Sec 18 to the Gujarat SIC about the "file notings" matter.


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