Thanks for statistics which are more readily available with legal websites development. Perhaps these can be monitored regularly by some enthusiastic youngsters like you and disseminated for the RTI tribunal at Centre and in States! Hari Gautam Obhrai.
Many members and guests on this forum, will be happy reading this.
Wonder why, not a single main line daily, covered this news.
Even the CIC website does not have reference to this.
(Just hope that it's correct)
<table style="font-family: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: xx-small;" border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td> CIC puts contentious RTI rules on hold </td> </tr> <tr> <td> Tuesday, July 24,2007 </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <table style="font-family: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: xx-small;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td valign="top" width="100%"> NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has decided to put its new controversial rules - Central Information Commission (Management) Regulations 2007 - on hold.
The Pioneer had first reported these regulations on June 22 - the day they were notified by the commission. The new regulations have made it more difficult for the applicants to file appeals in CIC - the final appellate body - for Right to Information Act, 2005.
These were notified without taking any public views. This is not all. At a time when there is a raging debate over doing away with the judiciary's vacations, the CIC had gone ahead and granted itself two full vacations. During June-July the summer break would be between two and four weeks. This would be topped by a two-week winter vacation.
Following this report, the CIC was flooded with suggestions and complaints. RTI activist Aruna Roy met Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah last week and pointed out that these regulations had been notified without following due procedure. CIC's own information commissioner OP Kejariwal also raised the issue in the commission's weekly meeting.
According to sources, Kejariwal pointed out that he was not present in the meeting when the regulations were passed. Kejariwal, sources said, would also be giving his opinion on the regulations.
Speaking to The Pioneer, Habibullah confirmed CIC's move and said: "We have been receiving several representations from many people. We have decided to look at the regulations and if need be we will review some provisions. We are also taking the help of our legal advisor."
Chapter IV "Registration, Abatement or Return of Appeal" of the regulations has come under attack from all quarters. It has introduced a bureaucratic style in filing appeals and complaints. Now the applicants would have to type, print or write neatly and legibly and in double line space. If there are any errors in the application, the registrar would point them out to the applicant and give him only two weeks to rectify them. In case, these are not rectified within the time period, the application would be considered withdrawn by the applicant and the CIC would not consider it.
Wajahat, however, justified these regulations and said: "These were introduced to bring about uniformity in the procedures followed by different information commissioners. While some commissioners laid down that two copies of documents were required, some other asked for five. So to streamline these procedures we had introduced the regulations." Caught in a tight corner by protest, the CIC is considering the easy way out. It is planning to rename the "regulations" as "guidelines".
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It will be a shame, if the CIC does not withdraw its so called high handed Regulation. I had submitted to him 24 critical observations as early as on last week of June 2007 itslef. No self respecting country can afford this Regulations to remain in force. Apart from all other high-handedness I appraise you to read that part of the Regulation where he himself upgrade his service conditions to those of the Sureme Court Judges or oif fact more than theirs contrary to those given in the Act and published in CIC's web site itself. When it lays down that his leave Rules will be at par with the IAS Officer's leave rules, he has no buisiness to grant himself the vacations (leave) authorised to only Supreme Court Judges. I had posted all my observations in HJ and other RTI web-sites. It is a shame and challenge to the democratic fabrics of this Country if the CIC's Regulation which is a Rule made by CIC in the guise of ' his management directions ' to circumvent the statutory requirement of placing it before both houses of Parliament. apart from the CIC not having any powers to make Rules. I am surprised and pained to see inadequate or very poor response from RTI Activists of all forums. Either they did not fully grasp it or failed to see the challenges of CIC on the Fundamental Rights of the cityzens. A scrutiny of his orders will reveal that the CIC is tending to become dictator the powers he was dreaming before his retirement. The CIC hasno choiced other than scrapping hisRegulations.