Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Grin & bear I-T, why's not for you to ask

Has your income-tax return been picked up for scrutiny by the income-tax department? You may not get to know the reason. The department is against bringing scrutiny under the purview of the Right To Information (RTI) Act. This means an assessee will not have the right under the RTI Act to ascertain as why his case was selected for scrutiny by the department.

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RTI website for Tamil Nadu 'very soon'

The Central Information Commission has said that Tamil Nadu's State Information Commission will 'very soon' have a dedicated website. In response to an e-mailed question to the Chief Information Commissioner, Mr. Wajahat Habibullah last week, Mr. S.Paul, of the CIC said "As per the available information, the Tamil Nadu State Information Commission's website is already under the process of development. Very soon it is going to be launched".

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Monday, July 30, 2007

ZP education dept fined under RTI, sits on order for two months

The Zilla Parishad education department, which was slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on May 29 by State Information Commissioner (SIC) for Pune Region Vijay Kuvalekar for denying information to school teacher Haribhau Jagannath Bagade under the Right To Information Act, has been sitting on the orders for the past two months.

In a letter to Kuvalekar, Bagade has said neither has the ED provided any information nor paid him the compensation. Kuvalekar had pulled up Public Information Officer (PIO) cum deputy education officer (secondary division) Dnyanoba Bhujbal and other officials over the issue.

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Provide details of 1981 Rohini residential scheme, CIC tells DDA

The Central Information Commission has directed the DDA to make available all files and documents related to the Rohini Residential Scheme of 1981 for inspection.

Taking the development body to task for refusing information to an RTI applicant, the panel has directed the heads of the Planning, Engineering and Land Management Departments to provide relevant information to the applicants by September 14, 2007.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Purulia arms drop case: CIC dismisses RTI plea

The Central Information Commission has dismissed an application seeking information on complicity of government officers in the Purulia Arms Drop case after taking into consideration CBI's plea that such disclosure could impede the prosecution process.

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Purulia arms drop case: CIC dismisses RTI plea

The Central Information Commission has dismissed an application seeking information on complicity of government officers in the Purulia Arms Drop case after taking into consideration CBI's plea that such disclosure could impede the prosecution process.

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Nurse uses RTI to get dues

Vijaya S Mulay, a retired municipal nurse, filed a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act which sought to track the movement (or non-movement) of papers pertaining to her retirement dues. The papers had been pending with the administrative department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for more than a year.

The RTI response revealed the names of the officials who 'sat' on the file for months together. The format also gave a detailed reply which showed where the papers got stuck and for how many days. Following her RTI query, the civic authorities were forced to take action against the errant officials and penalise two BMC employees for the delay.

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

PM Nehru office said Netaji's ashes were received

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru stating that ashes of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was received has put the Ministry of External Affairs in a quandary. The Central Information Commission, in its recent order, found the new evidence enough to open up an altogether new line of inquiry.

Anuj Dhar, a journalist and an ardent researcher into the disappearance of Netaji, had recalled a note written dated December 2, 1954, by MO Mathai, private secretary to Nehru stating that a small amount of Rs 200 was received by the then Minister of External Affairs from Indian embassy in Tokyo along with the ashes and other remains of the late Subhash Chandra Bose. The money is being kept in the External Affairs ministry, the note, written by Mathai to then Joint Secretary, Administration Prem Krishen, said.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Automen resort to RTI against towing vehicles

After citizens, it is now the turn of Pune City Autorickshaw Association to wield the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The association has sought details regarding cranes used by the traffic police to tow rickshaws. The association alleges that the towing vehicles themselves are illegal as they are private vehicles indulging in commercial activity.

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Goa CM release book on RTI

The Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today released the book Right to Information authored by Anil A Parulekar. The 268 page book is written in six chapters covering preliminary, RTI and obligation of the Public Authorities, Central Information Commission, State Information Commission's powers and functions of the Information Commission, appeals and penalties and miscellaneous subject

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RTI Effect: IIM-B makes selection criteria public

After stating that its admission process was a 'trade secret', IIM-B made public its criteria for selecting students for its 2007 batch. It's the first time any IIM has revealed the selection process for admission to the post-graduate programme in management (PGP). This is a fallout of the case involving IIM-B and Vaishanavi Kasturi, a visually challenged girl who filed an application under Right to Information (RTI) Act.

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Save Indian democracy's transparency in the USA

Sign petition to Indian Ambassador in Washington DC.

Indian embassy in Washington DC is not implementing the Right to Information (RTI) Act properly. This effects NRI who hold Indian passports and have rights under RTI Act of India. The Indian embassy began implementing this Act when volunteers of AID as well as NRIs filed RTI applications and after the Central Information Commission in New Delhi gave enabling decisions. However there are lot of gaps in implementation and this online petition to Ambassador is to help save the RTI Act's implementation in the USA. Amongst the major concerns is the embassy refusal to transfer applications to India but asking people to reapply in India.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

RTI puts Deshmukh's govt in the dock regarding Srikrishna Commission

Using the Right to Information Act, Teesta Setalvad, a social activist who co-edits Communalism Combat, recovered status reports from the home department. These reports show that Deshmukh’s government exonerated many policemen after mere departmental inquiries and failed to appeal against judgments of lower courts that allowed indicted policemen to go free.

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RTI: easy to seek, hard to secure

With the passage of the Act, an important right has now been recognised by the Parliament. There is, however, a long struggle ahead before this Act becomes an effective instrument for securing the citizens’ right to information and bringing about transparency in functioning of the government and its agencies.

The right to part with information will require a change in the mindset of legislators and bureaucrats for whom secrecy in governance is a prime legacy. Information is power and it really takes courage to share it.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

No RTI cell at Howrah MC

The Howrah Municipal Corporation is yet to open a Right To Information cell though it had received a letter from the state government in March this year to do so. The reason, the civic authority says, is lack of manpower. “We did receive a letter from the state government but starting the RTI cell will obviously take time because we already lack manpower. One person has to perform the duties of two posts here,” said Mrs Monika Biswas, deputy mayor (HMC).

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Crime Branch moves HC on info panel order

The crime branch police has moved the High Court against an order issued by the State Information Commission directing it to furnish information on custodial death cases. Mr Biswapriya Kanungo, a social activist, had sought information on such cases and the State Information commission had, while rejecting the plea of the CB that it had a privilege of exemption (specialised activity) under the Act, directed the CB to furnish the same.

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Monday, July 23, 2007

IAS officer gets rap for RTI slip

Don't sit on information. That is the message the State Information Commission has sent out loud and clear, especially to senior babus in the government. For the first time an IAS officer — KBS Sidhu who is secretary, medical education and research, Punjab — has been penalised for not providing information under the Right to Information Act.

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RTI unwelcome in Tamil Nadu, say people's groups

Meet Humauin Kabir, the man who has earned the sobriquet "habitual RTI user" has
been warned by the Information Commissioner in Tamil Nadu not to keep filing
petitions using the RTI Act. Kabir, from Aruppukottai in Virudhunagar district, about 800 km south of Chennai, has gained the government's displeasure because he asks uncomfortable questions under the Right to Information Act.

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Raining money for Cauvery lawyers

Farmers in Tamil Nadu are yet to get their share of Cauvery waters even after the tribunal's final award. But all these years it has been raining money for advocates.
A sum of Rs 23 crore has been paid as fees to lawyers engaged over the past fifteen years. Seven of them have received between Rs 1-6 crore each. And a whopping Rs 2.3 crore have been spent just on their conferences at hotels. A petition filed under the RTI act by a Chennai based educationist has brought this to light.

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Seeking information under RTI Act expensive in HP

Seeking information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act in Himachal Pradesh is about five times more expensive than the fee charged at the Union government level.

After paying an application fee of Rs 10, a person seeking information under RTI has to pay Rs 10 per page for photocopy of an a-4 size sheet and Rs 20 if the size of the paper is more than this, sources in the Information Commission here said

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CIC asks DDA to compensate RTI applicant

The Central Information Commission has directed Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 to a city resident for causing "mental torture" and "anxiety" to him by giving misleading information on tracing his property file.

Subhash Chander, who was promised a piece of land or cash compensation in 1989, had filed an application with the DDA seeking inspection of file notings in connection with allotment of a plot in lieu of his property acquired during the period of emergency in 1975-77.

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IIM (B) directed to provide info on disabled candidates

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore to specify procedures for selection of disabled candidates.

Bangalore-resident Vaishnavi Kasturi, a visually handicapped person, after failing to make it through to the prestigious management institute had filed an RTI application seeking details regarding evaluation criteria adopted for shortlisting disabled candidates.

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CIC pulls up CBI for denying info

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has pulled up the CBI for denying information to a right to information (RTI) applicant on cash-for-query TV sting operation in which MPs were accused of taking bribes for asking questions in Parliament.

The panel headed by Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah termed the denial of information as "symptomatic of a larger malaise which is an unsystematic servicing of the Right to Information by the CBI" and directed the agency to provide the details within 10 days.

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CIC allows estranged woman details about husband`s salary

A woman, who is in a legal wrangle for maintenance, has been allowed by the Central Information Commission (CIC) details about salary of her husband, working for a public sector power company.

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30 PMC plans await state nod

Ten years have passed since the civic general body unanimously resolved to offer a 10 per cent rebate in tax to citizens who have been judiciously paying municipal property taxes before May 30 every year.

However, the actual execution of the proposal has been held up in the absence of a clearance from the state government. And, this is not an isolated example. As many as 30 such policy proposals, duly approved by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) from 1996 to 2007, have been pending for government clearance. This shocking fact has been admitted by the PMC in an official reply, under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, to civic activist Vivek Velankar.

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There have been some disconcerting developments on the right to information front. In February and March, leading RTI activists set up a kiosk outside the office of the Central Information Commission (CIC), inviting RTI applicants to file complaints if they were aggrieved with CIC verdicts.

With banners asking 'Have you got justice from CIC?', one could sense the latent hostility between CIC and RTI applicants. CIC should have welcomed complaints against it for a possible review of the cases. Activists later claimed that during the 40 days of their campaign they received as many as 200 complaints, of which they had taken 36 to high court and were exploring possibilities of challenging more.

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Mizos adopt pen power to root out corruption

The Government is yet to spread awareness among people on using the Right To Information Act, Telugu Desam Party district vice-president and advocate M. Venkatswamy has said on Sunday.

Delivering the keynote address in a seminar on `Right to Information – Transparent Government – the role of people’ organised by Jana Vikas Seva Samithi at Press Club here, Mr. Venkataswamy said though the Act was enacted a year and nine months ago, some officials were yet to decodify information and maintain registers on action taken on representations made by persons seeking information.

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White-collar crimes don't fall under RTI: CIC

In a major setback to RTI, the Central Information Commission on Tuesday ruled that when it comes to white-collar crimes such as tax evasion, a private citizen cannot seek access to official records even after the investigating officer in the given case had submitted his report to the competent authority.

This is a departure from the RTI norm that public authorities are obliged to disclose information related to any criminal case once the investigation is completed.

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Central Info panel flexes muscles, fines top bureaucrats

Around 40 information officers have been penalized so far for not providing information on time to applicants. Last month, three senior bureaucrats in Chandigarh were rudely reminded that information is money. The three, all joint secretaries in the Union territory’s government, were asked by the Central Information Commission (CIC), the Union government body responsible for monitoring the Right To Information (RTI) Act, to together ante up Rs25,000.

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CIC wants paperless info flow under RTI

Filing and receiving information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act could soon be a paperless affair. The Central Information Commission (CIC) has proposed ‘e-ministration’ of government departments so that public records are accessible online and can be used to provide information under RTI.

When implemented, this would mean that a person can file an RTI application online. The department’s public information officer will be able to access government records on the internet and send a reply, also online, cutting down on delays and increasing transparency within the system.

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Mother, son use RTI in battle for free treatment

Jameela suffers from a blockage in her heart and as a Below Poverty Line cardholder, is entitled to free medical treatment. But authorities at the Gobind Ballabh Pant Hospital in the capital have turned a deaf ear to her pleas. After some social activists stepped in, Jameela and her 18-year old son Javed filed two applications under the Right to Information Act (RTI). The hospital said it would give Jameela free treatment, and last week, the Chief Information Commission ordered the Director of the hospital to consider the case within a week.

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A lost complaint, but change for the better

What happens when the big daddy of all state government departments, the one that keeps a hawk eye on other depa-rtments lest they allow files to get caught in red tape, loses a citizen’s complaint? Well, it graciously accepts its mistake and promises to redress the problem soon.

A rare gesture within the government apparatus, but the response isn’t entirely surprising since it’s the State Information Commission (SIC) we are talking about.

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Furnish prosecution director’s opinion: Goa info panel to cops

Quashing the orders passed by the DIG and SP, South, the Commission has directed the police department to give the opinion of the Director of Prosecution to the complainant/appellant within one week. A resident of Utorda approached the SP, South seeking many documents in a criminal case, including the opinion of the Director of Prosecution. His request, however, was rejected by the SP on grounds that furnishing such information would impede the prosecution of offenders. The Commission has noted that the Police Department did not give any valid reason to show how the document will impede the process of prosecution of the offenders. Referring to the definition of information under the Right to Information Act, the Commission said “all opinions on the record of public authority are covered under the definition of information and all information has to be given to the citizens unless exempted under Section 8 or other sections of the Act.

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Nagaland IC directs PWD PIO to furnish info

The Nagaland Information Commission has directed the public information officer (PIO) of the office of chief engineer, PWD (roads and bridges), to furnish information sought by appellant K.C. Angami.

He submitted an application under the Right To Information (RTI) Act on information related to supply and construction works allotted under the department with effect from January 2006.

The commission directed the PIO to furnish all necessary information free of cost within 10 working days from July 5, 2007 — the date of pronouncement of the decision.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

State govt to strengthen RTI in J&K

Kashmir, which has been a theatre of conflict for decades and recently dubbed the second most corrupt state in the country, may, for the first time, guarantee its citizens access to government records, like the rest of the country. The state government is planning to strengthen the Right To Information (RTI) regime by setting up a dedicated State Information Commission, pruning the exempted documents list and giving citizens access to even Cabinet decisions and file notings.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Info on IT probe cannot be divulged: CIC

The Central Information Commission has held that Income Tax department need not furnish information to aggrieved parties on action taken by it till the investigations were completed.

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‘Revoke K'tala IC’s appointment’ : Surendra Mohan faction

The Surendra Mohan faction of Janata Dal (Secular) has urged the Governor to revoke the appointment of former Karnataka Public Service Commission Chairman H.N. Krishna as State Information Commissioner stating that as he is ineligible for the post.

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Furnish prosecution director’s opinion: info panel to cops

Quashing the orders passed by the DIG and SP, South, the Commission has directed the police department to give the opinion of the Director of Prosecution to the complainant/appellant within one week. In this case, a resident of Utorda approached the SP, South seeking many documents in a criminal case, including the opinion of the Director of Prosecution.

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Drive to speed up information access

Denied government files and documents could soon be accessed much faster under the Right to Information Act, with the law’s guardians set to double. Nearly two years after the act — and its watchdog, the Central Information Commission — were born, fears of the panel becoming little more than an ordinary trial court are driving plans to expand it to its maximum size. The CIC is about to enter talks with the Centre to seek six more information commissioners to add to the five now tasked with ensuring that government offices follow India’s transparency law in letter and spirit.

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CIC favours e-management of government records

Stressing the need for electronic accessibility of government records, the Central Information Commission has proposed the setting up of a national "e-records management system".

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RTI Effect: Mother, son use RTI in battle for free treatment

56-year-old Jameela, who is from Meerut, suffers from a blockage in her heart. And as a Below Poverty Line cardholder, Jameela is entitled to free medical treatment. But authorities at the Gobind Ballabh Pant Hospital in the capital have turned a deaf ear to her pleas. Says Jameela, ”It has been two months and six days and I am unsure of how long I can stay here.” After some social activists stepped in, Jameela and her 18-year old son Javed filed two applications under the Right to Information Act (RTI). The hospital said it would give Jameela free treatment, and last week, the Chief Information Commission ordered the Director of the hospital to consider the case within a week.

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Info panel flexes muscles, fines top bureaucrats

Around 40 information officers have been penalized so far for not providing information on time to applicants. Last month, three senior bureaucrats in Chandigarh were rudely reminded that information is money. The three, all joint secretaries in the Union territory’s government, were asked by the Central Information Commission (CIC), the Union government body responsible for monitoring the Right To Information (RTI) Act, to together ante up Rs 25,000.

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Assam SIC: RTI Act to cover file notes

In a major directive, the State Information Commission has held that notes in files should be treated as information under the Right to Information Act (RTI)-2005 and that an appellant could not be denied the right to access to such information, an official release said. The Commission, while hearing a complaint by Jakir Hussain, Deputy Director, Employment and Vocational Training, said that as an independent judicial commission, it had the right to interpret the RTI Act without getting influenced by Government directives. Besides, the Central Information Commission has already concluded that the RTI Act covered under its purview both files and file-notes.

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CIC asks MHA to reveal Netaji death secrets

Where has over 1.85 lakh loads of silt, removed from the city's storm water drains, been dumped? The city-based Right To Information (RTI) Research Centre is asking the BBMP this question. According to the centre's managing trustee S Amaresh, the members were told by BBMP under the RTI that 38,500 loads more were to be removed from the drains.

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J&K mulling over amendments to State RTI Act

Chief Secretary C. Phunsog, who was presiding over the function, asked DVOs to be active in dissemination of the information about the corrupt practices prevalent in their departments. He regretted that DVOs were not coming out with information and their passive intervention would not help to bring transparency in the system. He said the government was contemplating to bring amendments into the Right to Information Act (JK) to bring it at par with the Right to Information Act of the GoI.

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CIC directs CBI to furnish Bofors info

The Central Information Commission has taken serious note of the Government withholding information on the expenses incurred in the investigation of the Bofors pay off case.

The CIC has directed CBI to furnish details within 15 days to a Cuttack-based advocate Kedar Nath Jena, who had moved an RTI application seeking this information from the Home Ministry.

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Higher proirity for 2nd appeals of senior and differently abled persons

Second appeals filed by senior citizens and differently abled persons under the Right to Information Act (RTI) will now be taken on a high priority basis, according to a directive of the Central Information Commission (CIC) in response to a petition by city-based activist Vihar Durve.

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Delhi HC stays CIC order on stock exchanges

The Delhi High Court on 4 July stayed an order of Central Information Commission bringing stock exchanges under the purview of Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Acting on a petition by National Stock Exchange, a bench of Justice B D Ahmed also issued notices to market regulator Sebi, Ministry of Finance and CIC seeking their replies. The court asked them to submit affidavit within four weeks and file rejoinder, if any, in four weeks thereafter.

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Naga IC penalizes 3 PIOs

The Nagaland Information Commission has imposed a fine of Rs.10,500 each on the PIOs of Directorate of Soil and Water Conservation, Office of the Chief Engineer PHE Department and Office of the Chief Engineer PWD (Housing) for failing to provide information to Nagaland Govt Registered Class-I Contractors’ Union on time.
Delivering its judgement on an appeal filed by the Union, the Commission on Wednesday directed the PIO of Directorate of Soil and Water Conservation to pay the amount as penalty for not furnishing information and for the delay of 42 days at Rs.250 per day.

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CIC directs MHA to reveal documents on Netaji

The Central Information Commission (CIC) today directed the home ministry to furnish within three months documents on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's death reportedly in a plane crash in 1945 to an organisation here.

Terming as "facile hypothesis" the ministry's decision to deny the documents on the ground that it could lead to possible unrest in the country, a full bench of the CIC headed by Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah directed it to disclose the information within three months.

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CIC asks for sealed information in Dogra case

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the External Affairs Ministry to produce before it relevant files relating to the decision to recall controversial IFS officer Harish Kumar Dogra, India`s High Commissioner to New Zealand, last year. The CIC, which asked the Ministry to place the relevant files before it in a sealed cover before July 15, rejected the submission that the information relating to Dogra`s recall cannot be disclosed as his matter was pending before the High Court.

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Govt publicity arm fails RTI

That question is being asked as two years after the much-talked-about Right to Information (RTI) Act was launched, the publicity arm of the government appears to have shied away from talking about the spread of the message.
“We have never released any kind of commercial due to the limitation imposed on us in the Act,” concedes Wajahat Habibullah, the chief information commissioner. “We have now approached the government to do something to create awareness.”

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UP SIC clerk caught taking bribe

This is one incident that brings the state of affairs in the Uttar Pradesh State Information Commission to fore. While the SIC is supposed to be the institution which the common person would approach for redressal of complaint against corrupt government servants, a clerk of the commission was nabbed for taking bribe. The Anti-Corruption Organisation (ACO) had laid a trap after getting repeated complaints against the clerk.

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CIC directs IOC to allow inspection of delearship records

The Central Information Commission has directed Indian Oil Corporation to allow inspection of records relating to allotment of dealership of petrol pump to a Bihar-based applicant, who alleged malafide in the selection process.

Ganesh Choudhary, an applicant for a petrol pump dealership of the oil major in Sitamarhi, Bihar had filed complaints against the Company and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas with the Commission alleging that he was not allotted the petrol pump due to "malafide reasons".

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The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has dismissed a petition seeking to quash an order allowing disclosure of the details of some public documents under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Justice K Chandru dismissed the petition of S Vaikuntarajan, a shareholder in Jaya TV, who had approached the court against the order passed by the Director of Geology and Mining allowing disclosure of the details of lease agreements and transport permits granted in favour of V V Minerals and Beach Minerals partly owned by him. The judge said under the RTI Act access to a document cannot be denied, especially when it was issued by statutory authorities, citing the objection by the petitioner.

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Info seeked from Kashmir BSF under RTI

For the first time in Kashmir, an application has been moved under Right to Information Act (RTI) seeking details of the disappeared youth some 17 years back.
Muhammad Ashraf Yatoo of Badipora Chadoora in Badgam district, went missing after he was arrested by paramilitary personnel in December 1990 during a crackdown. On seeing the condition of victim’s family, a local social activist Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat submitted an application under the Right to Information Act (RTI) before the Border security force (BSF) officials, seeking the whereabouts of the missing youth. This is for the first time that such kind of application has been moved under the RTI Act.

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The Right to Information Act, 2005 is facing one of its most critical tests in Pune where bureaucrats at the Sassoon hospital have terminated the services of an employee within four weeks of a landmark RTI ruling. After admitting under the RTI Act that lab technician Vaishali Kalekar was kept on a temporary post for 13 years due to administrative lapses, the Sassoon administration on June 18 swiftly terminated her services.

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Vadodara MC does not have contour maps

Now you know why Vadodara gets flooded with rainwater every monsoon. No, it is not just poor infrastructure and lack of storm water drains. Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC), which is supposed to provide better infrastructure to the city, does not have a contour map giving details on road, water bodies, ravines and drainage system. The revelation came after city-based environmentalist Rohit Prajapati sought information from the VMC under Right to Information Act.

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DoP serves the RTI cause

If the country is reaping fruits of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, it is thanks to the postal department which ensures speedy delivery of queries and replies made under the landmark legislation, free of charge. “For making application under the RTI Act simple for citizens, the Prime Minister decided that Department of Posts should provide its service to whole of Central government as a collection point for information under RTI,” senior RTI activist and treasurer of Bombay Chartered Accountants Society Narayan Varma said.

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Mumbai Customs informer uses RTI to get reward

One informer, who had helped the Mumbai Customs (Rummaging and Intelligence) seize Rs 12.50 lakh in gold and other dutiable goods in 2001, finally had to resort to Right to Information (RTI) after all other means tried by him to get his reward got exhausted. He had filed an application under the RTI two months ago.

In his application the informer mentioned that he was taking the risk of exposing himself as he needed money for treatment of his terminally ill family member. After a month of his filing the application, the Mumbai Customs paid the informer his due of around Rs 70,000.

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RTI best gift: Manipur HRC chairman

Asserting that the best gift the constitution of India bestowed on its citizens is the Right to Information, RTI Act, WA Shishak, chairman, MHRC sounded a wake up call for the people of manipur by saying "now is the time to ask and question our elected leaders about the governance of the state".

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