Manoj Pai | 27 Sep 07:15 2013
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[HumJanenge] Govt. ban on foreign email & servers

For a long time, this group has debated on the ban of use of free web based emails like Yahoo!, Hotmail, Gmail
etc. by officials working with various Public Authorities. Even T.O.U. of  the respective email provider
made it clear. Several of the list members like Sarbajit, Karira, Harikumar etc. had emphasized the
various Govt. regulations and NIC policy on ban of usage of such free email services.

Our moderator too had brought this to the notice of various senior officers and secretaries. Given below
are some links which might be of interest to most of you

Indian Govt. use of hotmail, gmail receipe for disaster
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-07-18/india-government-s-use-of-hotmail-gmail-recipe-for-disaster-.html

Indian Govt. bans use of Gmail
http://dottech.org/126462/indian-government-bans-use-gmail-thanks-nsa-spying/

Cyberspying Govt. may ban Gmail for official communication
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/internet/Cyberspying-Government-may-ban-Gmail-for-official-communication/articleshow/22156529.cms

Cyber spying fallout Govt. may restrict usage of Google
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Cyber-spying-fallout-Govt-may-restrict-usage-of-Googles-Gmail-for-employees/articleshow/22157309.cms

Email policy for Govt. employees for official communications
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/e-mail-policy-for-govt-employees-for-official-communications-centre/articleshow/23113282.cms

Govt. drafts policy to curb use of gmail, yahoo for official purposes.
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/govt-drafts-policy-to-curb-use-of-gmail-yahoo-for-official-purposes/1174904/

Govt may restrict usage of Google's Gmail for employees
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Cyber-spying-fallout-Govt-may-restrict-usage-of-Googles-Gmail-for-employees/articleshow/22157309.cms

More on this later
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Sarbajit Roy | 27 Sep 10:58 2013
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[HumJanenge] NCPRI's suggestions on the RTI Amendment Bill

Dear Bhaskar / Anjali

NB: Please see why the group "rtitrainers" is not taking posts today
and bouncing emails back. (see footnote)

I think the view you circulated is very shortsighted / retrograde, and
ignores the present ground realities.It would be interesting to know
who attended that NCPRI meeting and who called it.

My own view is as follows

1) NCPRI submits that RTI Act urgently needs to be amended to tackle
many grey areas in the Act which are preventing citizens from
accessing information. This may include specifically defining that
political parties and PPPs etc are covered as "public authority".

2) NCPRI hardly thinks that persons who opposed death penalty for
Kasab, or who have consorted with/for foreign devils (in cozy illegal
govt. caucuses) for years have any right to speak on behalf of
citizens of India or on core anti-corruption tools like RTI whch are
used by
anti-corruption activists. Surely we all recall the mandate of May
2002 when so many eminent people came together in Delhi to form the
NCPRI and the objectives consistently listed on the NCPRI website
since 2002, which (see link below) eminent founding activists like
Ms.Maja Daruwalla or S.D. Sharma will doubtless attest to.

http://ncpri.org/blogs/archive-2002-national-campaign-political-reforms-india-ncpri-1704253

Sarbajit
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Vaghela B D | 22 Sep 08:02 2013
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Re:: [HumJanenge] Redressal mechanism for Public Servants victimised for using RTI Act.


Dear All, I have the distinction to be the first RTI user - chargesheeted and suspended in 2006 for using RTI
in own Organisation - Oil PSU - in the initial days of RTI. In my openion based on the experince of decade long
harassment / torture / denial of dues / chargesheets / suspensions / victimisation / legal notices /
overnight police detention during PM visit to IIM Ahmedabad & most recent Court case, I find that largely
one is left to defend oneself as Rights Activist / Whistle Blower. Neither CVC nor Govt nor Bureaucracy nor
Corporates nor Mass Media nor Judiciary help the daredevils working hard to improve transparency /
accountability of public administration / governance to get some respite for crores of suffering
voiceless poor.
It is the hue & cry of the concerned and the vigilant Civil Society and their active protests that can,
through varieties of means including Social Media, can reduce the miseries of these new age freedom
fighters. One can look at the Snowden case. Let us make sincere efforts to help the RTI / Rights Activists &
Whisle Blowers. 
With warm regards, Babubhai Vaghela, Ahmedabad M - 9427608632. As  <at> BabubhaiVaghela on Twitter.

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On Sat 21 Sep, 2013 9:48 PM IST Indranil Bhattacharya wrote:

>Dear all
> It is known to you Public Servants using RTI Act for seeking more
>transparency within an organization are often harassed and
>heckled and sometimes even  frivolous indiscipline and 'insubordination'
>charges are brought in.
>
>When redressal mechanism is not possible within the Public Authority for
>such grievances and CIC is unlikely to bring quick relief (given the high
>pendency), what is the most effective way that a Public Servant can protect
>himself?
>
>It is likely that detailed deliberations have already taken place on this
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Indranil Bhattacharya | 22 Sep 16:34 2013
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Re: FYI : : [HumJanenge] Redressal mechanism for Public Servants victimised for using RTI Act.

Dear Mr.Vaghela
Thanks you for your mail. While I completely agree with your views on this matter, my experience tells me that 'exemplary' punishments meted out to RTI activists within govt discourages others from using the Act.
This is precisely what the powers that be intend to do. Suspend one officer and twenty others will be cowed down and will dare not use their right to fight corruption. At the end of the day most govt servants look for unblemished service records. As a result the act itself is losing effectiveness.
I Bhattacharya

On 22 September 2013 15:22, Babubhai Vaghela <vaghelabd-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
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From: Vaghela B D <vaghelabd <at> yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 23:02:50 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re:: [HumJanenge] Redressal mechanism for Public Servants
victimised for using RTI Act.
To: humjanenge <at> googlegroups.com
Cc: vaghelabd-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org


Dear All, I have the distinction to be the first RTI user -
chargesheeted and suspended in 2006 for using RTI in own Organisation
- Oil PSU - in the initial days of RTI. In my openion based on the
experince of decade long harassment / torture / denial of dues /
chargesheets / suspensions / victimisation / legal notices / overnight
police detention during PM visit to IIM Ahmedabad & most recent Court
case, I find that largely one is left to defend oneself as Rights
Activist / Whistle Blower. Neither CVC nor Govt nor Bureaucracy nor
Corporates nor Mass Media nor Judiciary help the daredevils working
hard to improve transparency / accountability of public administration
/ governance to get some respite for crores of suffering voiceless
poor.
It is the hue & cry of the concerned and the vigilant Civil Society
and their active protests that can, through varieties of means
including Social Media, can reduce the miseries of these new age
freedom fighters. One can look at the Snowden case. Let us make
sincere efforts to help the RTI / Rights Activists & Whisle Blowers.
With warm regards, Babubhai Vaghela, Ahmedabad M - 9427608632. As
<at> BabubhaiVaghela on Twitter.

------------------------------
On Sat 21 Sep, 2013 9:48 PM IST Indranil Bhattacharya wrote:

>Dear all
> It is known to you Public Servants using RTI Act for seeking more
>transparency within an organization are often harassed and
>heckled and sometimes even  frivolous indiscipline and 'insubordination'
>charges are brought in.
>
>When redressal mechanism is not possible within the Public Authority for
>such grievances and CIC is unlikely to bring quick relief (given the high
>pendency), what is the most effective way that a Public Servant can protect
>himself?
>
>It is likely that detailed deliberations have already taken place on this
>topic. I am coming back to the group after a long gap, this time through
>google. Appreciate some views/suggestions from the group.
>Best regards
>I.Bhattacharya
>
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Indranil Bhattacharya | 21 Sep 18:18 2013
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[HumJanenge] Redressal mechanism for Public Servants victimised for using RTI Act.

Dear all
 It is known to you Public Servants using RTI Act for seeking more transparency within an organization are often harassed and heckled and sometimes even  frivolous indiscipline and 'insubordination' charges are brought in.
 
When redressal mechanism is not possible within the Public Authority for such grievances and CIC is unlikely to bring quick relief (given the high pendency), what is the most effective way that a Public Servant can protect himself?
 
It is likely that detailed deliberations have already taken place on this topic. I am coming back to the group after a long gap, this time through google. Appreciate some views/suggestions from the group.
Best regards
I.Bhattacharya

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Pradip Pradhan | 28 Aug 07:52 2013
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[HumJanenge] Fwd: [odishasoochanaadhikarabhiyan] HONOURABLE GOVERNOR ORDERED GA DEPARTMENT TO TAKE NEEDFUL ACTION ON UNLAWFUL ALLOTMENT OF GA PLOT TO WIFE OF THE FORMER INFORMATION COMMISSION SRI JAGADANANDA

  


HONOURABLE GOVERNOR OF ODISHA ORDERED

GA DEPARTMENT TO TAKE NEEDFUL

 ACTION ON UNLAWFUL ALLOTMENT OF

 GA PLOT TO WIFE OF THE FORMER

 INFORMATION COMMISSION SRI JAGADANANDA

Dear friends,

As you all know that former Information Commissioner Sri Jagadananda was in news before his retirement for acquiring a GA plot in his wife’s name unlawfully.

I have registered complaint with the Honourable Governor & Chief Minister requesting for cancellation of lease of plot  No. 58 of Ghatikia area, Bhubanwsar, allotted to Srimati Manjushree Patnaik (Wife of former Information Commissioner Sri Jagadananda).

The honourable Governor has ordered the General Administrative department for needful action and intimate to the petitioner (me) as well as to his office.

Extract of the complaint petition and the letter of governor’s Secretariat are given in attachment for reference.  

With regards

JATYANTA KUMAR DAS,

ODISHA SOOCHANA ADHIKAR ABHIJAN,

9861770749(M)


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Sarbajit Roy | 9 Sep 15:29 2013
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[HumJanenge] Fwd: [NCPRI] Invitation to be part of NCPRI

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From: Anna BVA Office <joinbvga-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>
Date: Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM
Subject: [NCPRI] Invitation to be part of NCPRI
To: ncpri <ncpri <at> googlegroups.com>

Dear Comrades

National Campaign for Political Reform in India -NCPRI(Kranti)- invites groups / associations of RTI stakeholders to be apart of NCPRI's platform www.ncpri.org.

The website of NCPRI(Kranti) will soon be operational, and the interested associations, RTI user groups, regional RTI manch's etc. can email us to be allocated their own promotional webpage on NCPRI website www.ncpri.org

We also invite participation from extraordinary individuals who have used RTI to benefit society and who desire a blog on this website.

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Raminder Singh | 9 Sep 06:45 2013
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[HumJanenge] RTI Amendment Bill 2013 - Defend the People's Right to Know, Start Talking to MPs Now

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Venkatesh Nayak <nayak.venkatesh@...>
Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2013 13:46:04 +0530
Subject: RTI Amendment Bill 2013 - Defend the People's Right to Know,
Start Talking to MPs Now

Dear all,

I am writing to thank all of you who took the trouble of reading up our
email alerts on the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2013 and signed
the online petition to the Speaker, Lok Sabha demanding that the Bill be
referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee for wider public
consultation. We crossed 20,700 within a fortnight.

Thanks to your collective efforts, the Bill has indeed been referred to the
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and
Justice chaired by Mr. Shantharam Naik. The list of other 29 members along
with details of their State, constituency, telephone numbers (wherever
available) and email addresses (wherever available) is attached. There are
two vacancies on the Committee. This Committee is serviced by the Rajya
Sabha Secretariat. The public advertisement seeking people's comments on
the RTI Amendment Bill is not out yet. It may be published next week or
later.

This is not the time to sit back and relax. There is no need to wait for
the public advertisement to start the conversation with the members of the
Committee. You have their mobile phone nos. and email addresses at your
disposal now. Every member has at least one of these means of
communication, if not both. Many have both mobile phones and email ids. So
please start sending them smses, tweets or emails explaining why you think
political parties must become transparent about their functioning and
finances. Those of you who think political parties must not be brought
under the RTI Act, this is your opportunity to tell the MPs why you think
so. In a democracy all views must be voiced and heard before the law is
made on the basis of public debate and consensus. Fence sitters, please
make up your mind which way you want to go. So instead of shouting at the
last moment, it is important to keep up the pressure right now. Please send
a copy of your smses, emails or tweets sent to MPs to the mobile phone no.
and email id given below:

venkateshnayak.ss@... and 9871050555.

If you have the resources it is a very good idea to organise a public event
in your city/town/village, invite your local MP and have a public debate on
the RTI (Amendment Bill) at a date and time that is convenient for your MP
and the local people. After attending the meeting he/she can carry the
summary of public opinion on this important issue to his/her party bosses
which will inevitably reach the members of the Parliamentary Committee. If
your MP refuses to participate in the debate despite repeated requests,
please do the following:

1) Publicise the refusal/silence widely through the media (English and
regional language media)

2) Send us an email with proof of refusal. It is enough if you copy the
emails invites and reminders to your MP to the email id given above. If the
debate does not happen despite your efforts for more than a month, that is
evidence enough of the fact that you tried but the MP failed to meet your
expectations.

*Please circulate this email alert as widely as possible. I will keep you
updated on future developments.*

*DEFEND THE PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO KNOW!*
*START TALKING TO MPs NOW!*

Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,
Venkatesh Nayak
*Access to Information Programme*
*Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative*
*B-117, 1st Floor, Sarvodaya Enclave*
*New Delhi- 110 017*
*Tel: +91-11-43180201/ 9871050555*
*Fax: +91-11-26864688*
*Website: www.humanrightsinitiative.org*

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vinay singh | 24 Aug 17:07 2013
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Two days ago, I filed my first RTI application on line. It was addressed to the UIDAI, so I have sent it to the Planning Commission. For some strange reason, only SBI credit and debit cards are accepted. I paid the Rs. 10 fee by NEFT. I hope the system works.

VK Singh

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Anna BVA Office | 24 Aug 21:59 2013
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[HumJanenge] Govt will send RTI bill to the committee

friends

Annaji has got a call today evening from Govt Minister Narayasamy to inform that RTI Bill will be sent to Standing Committee. Minister requested Annaji not to be agitated as all problems will be sorted out after elections

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Sarbajit Roy | 24 Aug 14:05 2013
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[HumJanenge] Consideration of RTI (Amendment) Bill 2013

From Indianewsco

The MoS Parliamentary Affairs P.S. Ghatowar announced in Lok Sabha today that RTI Amendment Bill 2013 will be taken up for consideration and passage in the week beginning Monday 26th 2013 along with 9 other important Bills like Nuclear Regulatory Authority Bill 2011 and Street Vendors Bill 2011.



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