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    Re: Suggestion for improvement of RTI Act and it's functionality


    Now it is found that the FAA, generally Concurs to the descision of PIO basing on his reply and without going through the act. The Rule should be changed such that if there is a 2nd appeal and PIO is fpund guilty the FAA should also be treated as guilty for not doing his duty diligently. This will reduce brother hood of safe guarding PIo and will reduce the appeal to CIC too.



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    Re: Suggestion for improvement of RTI Act and it's functionality


    Quote Originally Posted by hkdubey View Post
    Now it is found that the FAA, generally Concurs to the descision of PIO basing on his reply and without going through the act. The Rule should be changed such that if there is a 2nd appeal and PIO is fpund guilty the FAA should also be treated as guilty for not doing his duty diligently. This will reduce brother hood of safe guarding PIo and will reduce the appeal to CIC too.
    Good suggestion.

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    Re: Suggestion for improvement of RTI Act and it's functionality


    The decisions of the various authorities, be it the PIO, the FAA or even the SIC or CIC, all are based on their appreciation of the facts presented to them and their own judgement. They are not infallible. That is why so many layers of authorities are provided. Hence, we cannot punish one authority if the other differs from the former. Such a system does not exist even in judiciary or in the normal administrative channels even.

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    tAURAS, But such system was made by foreign rulers. Actually such arrangment is very much LETHAL to the citizenary always. Let the PIO commit a mistake knowingly to harm the applicant. Later the AA , CIC also harmed the citizen knowingly . Then aggrieved citizen will approach to HIGH COURT. Suppose here also , he could not get fair justice. Then by selling his house property , the aggrieved or say weakened appellant can go to SUPREME COURT where possibility of fair decision will be maximum, say 100 %. Thus innocent citizen had been befooled/ damaged significantly for many many years without his fault .It should be evident then that The PIO ; the AA ; the CIC ; High Court all the four neglected their duties malafidely & therefor as per rules of civilised society ,those all 4 must be punishable certainly.Supreme court rightly said on 05.08.08 that God will save this country.

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    Re: Suggestion for improvement of RTI Act and it's functionality


    Quote Originally Posted by vijendra singh View Post
    tAURAS, But such system was made by foreign rulers. Actually such arrangment is very much LETHAL to the citizenary always. Let the PIO commit a mistake knowingly to harm the applicant. Later the AA , CIC also harmed the citizen knowingly . Then aggrieved citizen will approach to HIGH COURT. Suppose here also , he could not get fair justice. Then by selling his house property , the aggrieved or say weakened appellant can go to SUPREME COURT where possibility of fair decision will be maximum, say 100 %. Thus innocent citizen had been befooled/ damaged significantly for many many years without his fault .It should be evident then that The PIO ; the AA ; the CIC ; High Court all the four neglected their duties malafidely & therefor as per rules of civilised society ,those all 4 must be punishable certainly.Supreme court rightly said on 05.08.08 that God will save this country.
    You are correct But in my view perhaps God cannot save this country. India is not a country of General Citizens but It is a country of Few powerful men with vested interest and all citizens of india are there servant.

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    Re: Suggestion for improvement of RTI Act and it's functionality


    Certainly there are many lacuna in the act. And the discussion is also right, I hope with time the act will be refined.
    This forum has got great responsibility in front of it. To make the act popular and at the same time to see that act is refined.
    1. It is almost impossible to reach CIC for appeal for general public for second appeal. It should be easy so that there will be fear amongst the PIO an FAA that party will go for an appeal . Now many general public cannot appeal to CIC as it is costly due to distance, as well as difficult. as it is already discussed in this forum to and fro charges to New Delhi stay at Delhi etc makes a general public not think of appeal. He is forced to be happy with the decision of PIO/FAA.
    2. If one PIO is found guilty of not giving the reply and FAA blindly suppoting without going to depth and without hearing an applicant, he must be penalised. This will reduce number of appeal to CIC.
    3. The rule should be such if a query is of general nature in addition to supplying the information, that should be published publically in official where every one can see/web site of the organisation. So that duplication of query will not be there.

    4. It is seen that many Govt organisation is yet has not published as per section 4 b of the act they must be penalised.
    5. In case a Govt office is going for appeal the cost must be borne by the official personally.

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    Re: Suggestion for improvement of RTI Act and it's functionality


    I propose the following:
    • Eliminate First Appellate Stage. Instead all RTI Replies must be approved by the Head of the Institutions. (Saves at least 45 days)
    • In case of default penalise both the PIO and the person who has endorsed it. (They will think twice)
    • Eliminate the distinction between State and Central Public Authority.
    • Instead all RTI disuputes at state level should be handled by the State Commissions.No need of a central commission.
    • Fix a time limit say 60 days within which the State commission should hear and give decisions. Impose penalty on delay.
    • Create special RTI benches at the High Courts to hear cases related to RTI.
    more to follow..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidmis View Post
    I propose the following:
    • Eliminate First Appellate Stage. Instead all RTI Replies must be approved by the Head of the Institutions. (Saves at least 45 days)
    • In case of default penalise both the PIO and the person who has endorsed it. (They will think twice)
    • Eliminate the distinction between State and Central Public Authority.
    • Instead all RTI disuputes at state level should be handled by the State Commissions.No need of a central commission.
    • Fix a time limit say 60 days within which the State commission should hear and give decisions. Impose penalty on delay.
    • Create special RTI benches at the High Courts to hear cases related to RTI.
    more to follow..
    I liked 3rd and 4th suggestions very much. Although the Central Information Commission may be there, but the scheme should be like Consumer Dispute Redressal system, where appeal from the State commission goes to the Central Commission and then directly to Supreme Court. However, this will be fruitful only when the appointments in the Commissions are made as per the scheme of the Act and not by appointing the bureaucrats only. As regards to providing the information after vetting by the Head of the Department, the same may not be feasible, as it will burden the the HODs to a great extent. They will not be able to give due attention towards other developmental and important works. However, senior officers of the organisation should be appointed as PIOs, as at present junior officers are appointed as PIOs, who mostly work under pressure. Secondly, there should be provision to penalise the Appellate Authority also for delay and for passing misleading orders or for orders passed without application of mind.

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