Anna BVA Office | 16 Aug 09:49 2013
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[HumJanenge] PRESS RELEASE: Mr. Pradip Pradhan files first Grievance of "Save RTI " campaign

Issued on behalf of Dr. Anna BVA (Bhrashtachar Virodhi Andolan) Office

Mr. Pradip Pradhan noted RTI activist of Odissha has filed first Grievance of Annaji's "Appeal to Save RTI" campaign to President of India. 99 more are being filed by eminent RTI activists who have joined him.

The subject is corrupt joint decision of Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha to appoint only ex-bureaucrats to Central Information Commission.

Mr. Pradhan is member of Anna Campaign Committee, India Against Corruption, Working Committee member of NCPRI and also National RTI Forum.

The Grievance number is PRSEC/E/2013/13102

Text of Mr. Pradhan's Grievance is below.

Subject: Appointment of Information Commissioners

I am an aggrieved Right To Information ("RTI") user,  subscriber to the popular movement known as "India Against Corruption" and member National Campaign for People's Right to Information (NCPRI) and also National RTI Forum

Dr. Anna Hazare and India Against Corruption have come to know that the Prime Minister (Cong.) and the Leader of Opposition (BJP) have mutually decided that maximum number of retired bureaucrats from among their pre-selected candidates shall be appointed as Information Commissioners. The candidates for the vital post of Chief Information Commissioner have also been corruptly restricted to either Mr.P.K. Misra (former Secretary DoPT) or to the senior-most of the present Information Commissioners (who are also all former bureaucrats) in a thoroughly irregular and unprescribed manner, and without issuing any notice or publicly seeking applications for the post of Chief Commissioner.

It would thus seem that the applications which were solicited and inserted in the newspapers and on the DoPT's website from the public and civil society are only a device devised to obscure predetermined selections by a process best described as "horse trading". It is certainly strange that all the previous Chief Information Commissioners without exception were formerly Secretaries to the Govt. of India.

The citizens and affected RTI users are concerned that it has been fixed between the Prime Minister Dr. Man Mohan Singh (of the Congress Party) and the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Smt. Sushma Swaraj (of the Bharatiya Janta Party) that the legitimate claims/applications of honest and eminent RTI experts and persons from Civil Society shall be corruptly ignored by an unprescribed device of a "Screening Committee" which is packed with pliable persons with many from IAS.

Dr Anna Hazare and the India Against Corruption stress that sub-section 12(5) of the Right to Information Act specifies that 

 "The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners shall be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance."

This clause does not specify that only retired bureaucrats shall be appointed to these posts. Neither is it envisaged, either in its letters or in its spirit, that this clause is to serve as the vehicle for retired bureaucrats to retain their luxurious perks of office as sinecures for services they rendered while in office.

Accordingly Dr. Anna Hazare and the India Against Corruption have issued their present Appeal, and as an affected user of RTI Act processes I am sufficiently aggrieved by their call, seeing my rights to a fair RTI appellate process being hitherto rendered a nullity by appointment of pliable ex-bureaucrats and former public servants, to protest the selection procedures as ultra-vires and to demand
that the appointments be honest, fully transparent and conducted openly. The Appeal may be viewed online at http://saverti.webege.com

PRAYER: Kindly see to it that in this round of appointments not even 1 (one) ex-public servant is selected so as to redress the gross imbalance in backgrounds and experience prevailing in the Central Information Commission, and that all its selections are conducted publicly and transparently.
PRSEC/E/2013/13102.

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NCPRI INDIA | 15 Aug 11:27 2013
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[HumJanenge] SAVE RTI Appoint RTI activists as CIC Information Commissioners

To Dear all, 15 August 2013 The National Campaign for Peoples' Right to Information (NCPRI) supports the popular demand expressed by Anna Hazare that selections for 5 approved posts for Central Information Commissioners, including Chief Information Commissioner, be only filled from those applicants who are not from the category "widely experienced in administration and governance", which category has been garnering a disproportionately excessive share in such posts. Thank you, Amrita Johri 9810273984 (On behalf of the NCPRI) -- National Campaign for People's Right to Information Email: ncpri.india-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org www.righttoinformation.info In reply to
Dear all RTI activists

The Govt and BJP have already decided that Pradeep Kumar Mishra will be appointed as next Chief Information Commissioner.
We request all RTI activists to join Anna's Save RTI campaign.

Please reply to this email with your details like name address and mobile.

RTI activists please submit their names, mobile and address for Anna's Save RTI campaign. on this online form also if you are not member of any mailing list
The Govt and BJP have decided that Pradeep Kumar Mishra will be appointed as next Chief Information Commissioner. They have taken this decision without issuing any notice or seeking applications for the post. Govt. only wants pliable person in such sensitive positions who know the tricks by which one ex-government officer will help another government officer to escape from giving information. A person who will never impose penalty on the bureaucracy so that he will keep his posh bungalow in Delhi after retirement. Pradeep Kumar Mishra is such a person and it is fixed with Sushma Swaraj that he will be sent to the Central Information Commission. GOD SAVE RTI

On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM, Sarbajit Roy <sroy.mb-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
1) The online form is not working

2) In terms of Oct.18 2012 agreement, please do not use "India Against Corruption" wording under Anna's photo's

3) Who is Anna Hazare to select a panel of 5 names ?



On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM, join bvga <joinbvga-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:

PLEASE  ADD  YOUR  NAME

Reply to his email or fill the online form

SAVE RTI Appoint RTI activists as CIC Information Commissioners

Save-RTI, stop DoPT secretly appointing only retired babus to Central Information Commission.

ANNA HAZARE APPEALS to INDIA

ANNA HAZARE says only citizens can save RTI now.
ANNA HAZARE says VOTE OUT BOTH Congress and the BJP unless all 5 Information Commissioners appointed now are RTI activists.

Next CIC P.K.Misra - Secretary DoPT

The Govt and BJP have decided that Pradeep Kumar Mishra will be appointed as next Chief Information Commissioner. They have taken this decision without issuing any notice or seeking applications for the post. Govt. only wants pliable person in such sensitive positions who know the tricks by which one ex-government officer will help another government officer to escape from goving information. A person who will never impose penalty on the bureaucracy so that he will get his posh bungalow in Delhi after retirement. Pradeep Kumar Mishra is such a person and it is fixed with Sushma Swaraj that he will be sent to the Central Information Commission. GOD SAVE RTI

What can citizen do to save RTI?

Section 12(5)of RTI Act
"The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners shall be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance".This does not mean that only Babus can be appointed

India's War Against Corruption will only succeed if honest persons experienced in fighting against corruption for years and who know the tricks of bureaucracy to deny information are appointed to the Information Commission. Anna has prepared a panel list of 5 such honest activist persons to send it to PM and demand that they and only they be appointed.


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Anna BVA Office | 15 Aug 10:59 2013
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[HumJanenge] Fwd: [rti4empowerment] SAVE RTI Appoint RTI activists as CIC Information Commissioners

Dear all RTI activists

The Govt and BJP have already decided that Pradeep Kumar Mishra will be appointed as next Chief Information Commissioner.
We request all RTI activists to join Anna's Save RTI campaign.

Please reply to this email with your details like name address and mobile.

RTI activists please submit their names, mobile and address for Anna's Save RTI campaign. on this online form also if you are not member of any mailing list
The Govt and BJP have decided that Pradeep Kumar Mishra will be appointed as next Chief Information Commissioner. They have taken this decision without issuing any notice or seeking applications for the post. Govt. only wants pliable person in such sensitive positions who know the tricks by which one ex-government officer will help another government officer to escape from giving information. A person who will never impose penalty on the bureaucracy so that he will keep his posh bungalow in Delhi after retirement. Pradeep Kumar Mishra is such a person and it is fixed with Sushma Swaraj that he will be sent to the Central Information Commission. GOD SAVE RTI

On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM, Sarbajit Roy <sroy.mb-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
1) The online form is not working

2) In terms of Oct.18 2012 agreement, please do not use "India Against Corruption" wording under Anna's photo's

3) Who is Anna Hazare to select a panel of 5 names ?



On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM, join bvga <joinbvga-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:

PLEASE  ADD  YOUR  NAME

Reply to his email or fill the online form

SAVE RTI Appoint RTI activists as CIC Information Commissioners

Save-RTI, stop DoPT secretly appointing only retired babus to Central Information Commission.

ANNA HAZARE APPEALS to INDIA

ANNA HAZARE says only citizens can save RTI now.
ANNA HAZARE says VOTE OUT BOTH Congress and the BJP unless all 5 Information Commissioners appointed now are RTI activists.

Next CIC P.K.Misra - Secretary DoPT

The Govt and BJP have decided that Pradeep Kumar Mishra will be appointed as next Chief Information Commissioner. They have taken this decision without issuing any notice or seeking applications for the post. Govt. only wants pliable person in such sensitive positions who know the tricks by which one ex-government officer will help another government officer to escape from goving information. A person who will never impose penalty on the bureaucracy so that he will get his posh bungalow in Delhi after retirement. Pradeep Kumar Mishra is such a person and it is fixed with Sushma Swaraj that he will be sent to the Central Information Commission. GOD SAVE RTI

What can citizen do to save RTI?

Section 12(5)of RTI Act
"The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners shall be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance".This does not mean that only Babus can be appointed

India's War Against Corruption will only succeed if honest persons experienced in fighting against corruption for years and who know the tricks of bureaucracy to deny information are appointed to the Information Commission. Anna has prepared a panel list of 5 such honest activist persons to send it to PM and demand that they and only they be appointed.


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Pralhad Kachare | 7 Aug 09:40 2013
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[HumJanenge] Fwd: Appeal to suggest Best Practices



As we are approaching completion of 8th year of RTI regime and lot of positive results have been visible......this is time to take stock of all Best Practices......

We propose to compile
select
Best Practices resulting into systemic improvement by use of RTI.

I would like to appeal all  to please suggest such Best Practices, so that we can send invitation to select Best Practice RTI users. This may be conveyed to all 
those who you believe work and use RTI and there is some Best Practice
 
. In addition to individual RTI Users, We would also like to know & to promote Best Practices adopted by Public Authorities/Information Commissions/Civil Society Organizations  in your areas
...
..........
papers/
suggestions 
may
be 
sent
to rti <at> yashada.org

We propose to organize a
National Level
Best Practices Workshop soon on invitation basis. We look for
well documented papers on RTI use Best Practices to be presented in workshop and further we may compile 
select Best Practices
in a compendium
.


This is time we all must highlight positive aspect of RTI to promote more effective use.

Waiting for
papers,
documentations, suggestions
 and ideas from all.......

With warm regards.

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Pralhad Kachare
Addiional Collector & Director, 
Center for Right to Information, 
YASHADA, Rajbhavan Complex,
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Venkatraman Ns | 11 Aug 11:05 2013
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[HumJanenge] Fwd: WHITHER R T I ACT - FINDINGS OF THE INVESTIGATIVE STUDY



To

Humjanange

                                                                                 WHITHER   R T I   ACT  - FINDINGS OF THE INVESTIGATIVE  STUDY

 

Nandini  Voice For The Deprived , a Chennai based NGO (www.nandinivoice.org)  conducted an investigative study on the  satisfaction  level of RTI activists and citizens about the implementation of RTI Act in India.

Several persons from  all over India responded  to the investigative study  and narrated their views and experience .  Based on such response and discussions with cross section of RTI activists, the investigative study was completed  and the findings of the study are given below.

Deteriorating response level :

As per the RTI Act ,the details should be sent  by the concerned authorities  to the information seekers within thirty days. When  RTI Act was introduced with much fanfare, the government departments mostly responded to the request for information within the stipulated time. Even if the particular information could not be made available, there was acknowledgement  of the request and explanations  were provided  about the action taken  in the matter to provide appropriate reply.  

However, in the last  several months , there has been steep deterioration in the response level to the RTI queries . The Public Information Officers   of several  concerned departments do not anymore adhere to  thirty days deadline and they seem to be  taking it easy.  They often respond only after several reminders  and sometimes do not respond at all.

There are many instances when one government department would forward the letter to another department, stating that the other department would be the fit agency to reply, making the process a vicious cycle with the letters being  tossed here and there .

The performance of the state government departments appear to be much worse than the departments  belonging to central government. 

Ineffective Information Commissioners :

In the event of not getting an acknowledgement or suitable reply,  the option left for the RTI activists is to send the complaint to the Information Commissioner. While  Information Commissioner forward  such letters to the Appellate  Authority directing that the reply  should be sent within stipulated period, often Information Commissioner would not follow up the matter.

Several RTI activists complain that the Information Commissioners really function as “post office”. Information Commissioners follow up and conduct enquiry only if the RTI activist would send repeated reminders and constantly call the Information Commissioner’s office. The enquiry  proceedings are also time consuming. There are many persons who have been waiting for reply and suitable action by Information Commissioners for more than one year.

 

What can a citizen do ?

If the Information Commissioner would  routinely deal with the matter without taking  any  effective steps  to force the government department  to provide reply, then the options left for the citizen are very limited. In that case, citizens can only go to judiciary with his complaint and the hearing and judgement  from the judiciary would be prolonged affair.

In such scenario,  several activists give up in despair.

No fear of punishment :

The Public Information Officers of the concerned   departments  do not seem to  have  fear anymore  that disciplinary action would be taken against them,  if they would not respond with the reply within the stipulated time as per the provisions of the Act.

While there are hundreds of cases all over India of delayed response or nil response to the RTI request letters, there is no report of any punishment imposed on the Public Information  officer or Information Commissioner  for dereliction of duty.

Harassment :

Some RTI activists pointed out that when they would seek information about any issue, particularly such as land deal, sand quarrying etc. , the concerned departments sometimes leak out the matter to those who could be affected by the query and consequently they are threatened and harassed.

Several RTI activists warn that those seeking  any information about the  police have to be careful and cautious.

Pessimism  about bringing political parties  under RTI Act :

There are now  several arguments and counter arguments about bringing  political parties under RTI Act.

But, several of the RTI activists are of the view that  even if political parties were to be brought under RTI Act, it would not make much difference , since  they  may not  even acknowledge the receipt of the letters seeking information.

 In a situation where even the government departments  do not take the RTI Act seriously anymore , one cannot expect political parties to behave better.

Is RTI Act now only an empty measure  ?:

Many RTI activists wonder whether the RTI Act has now been rendered as “toothless act” due to the indifference and  lackadaisical  approach of the several government departments.

 Overall, there is huge dissatisfaction in the country about the quality of implementation of the RTI Act.

 


N.S.Venkataraman

Nandini Voice For The Deprived

Email:- nsvenkatchennai-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org






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Raminder Singh | 6 Aug 13:07 2013
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[HumJanenge] Re: Poll compulsions make Congress Party agree for RTI

Shailesh

The information was verified at 3 levels in the Congress HQ/Party Office including a call with Mr Moti Lal Vora himself.

The report does not say that Congress will be appointing CPIO etc. It says that Congress has told the reporter that applicants wishing to make pay orders for RTI can do so in name of Chief Accounts Officer cum Admin Manager - SM Moin and their request shall be accepted. Nothing should be read into the story beyond this.

The story also clearly states that Congress Party is not averse to amending the RTI Act to protect its information.

Raminder.

On Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 7:47 AM, shailesh gandhi <shaileshgan-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
Credible reporters are saying that this information is not correct


On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM, Vivek Velankar <pranku-k5i2WbfBKyB0amLxoC4uqA@public.gmane.org> wrote:
Great !!
Let us hope others will fall in line.
 
regards
 
vivek velankar
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Subject: Fwd: Poll compulsions make Congress Party agree for RTI

Poll compulsions make Congress Party agree for RTI

Rajeev Shukla  | India News Political Bureau, Lucknow, Tuesday July 30, 2013, 20:54 pm (IST)

In a bold development triggered by electoral compulsions to clean up its battered image as the party of scamsters, the Indian National Congress Party has agreed to abide by a Central Information Commission decision and accept RTI applications from the public.

The office of Moti Lal Vora (Treasurer AICC), had informed this reporter that Demand Drafts for RTI requests and other fees could be made out in name of "Chief Accountant-cum-Administrative Officer, All India Congress Committee" payable at New Delhi and sent to "Shri S.M. Moin, Chief Accountant, All India Congress Committee, 24 Akbar Road, New Delhi" along with details of the information sought not exceeding 500 words.

It was further clarified to this reporter that Smt Sonia Gandhi President AICC, and originator of India's landmark RTI Act - a key component of Congress Party's "war on corruption", has specifically instructed for maximum dislcosure by Congress Party to RTI applicants, but mode and sources of finance and also selection of party candidates, would not be disclosed as these are the commercial confidences and trade secrets of the party, and are already exempted from disclosure under the RTI Act. The Congress President has directed that if required the RTI Act would be amended to ensure better protection for intellectual property and trade secrets of corporate bodies like the Congress party.

It may be recalled that activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal of the Aam Aadmi Party has brought 6 national political parties in RTI scope and sought the details of their funding and mode of selection of candidates.





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Raminder Singh | 6 Aug 12:42 2013
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[rti_india] Our Experiments With Truth

 

Dear Vishwas

RTI movement which I track regularly is in deep coma. CIC/SIC Orders are worth less than toilet paper, and courts and parties are openly hostile to RTI and activists.

Outside of Maharashtra many RTI Activists are keeping up the struggle against the twin evils of political parties and their paid NGOs like NCPRI on a NATIONAL level.

It is good that veteran activists of Maharashtra like General Jatar sahab and Shahid Burney Sahab are today acknowledging what other RTI veterans outside Maharashtra have been saying for a very long time - that NCPRI and its owners like Aruna Roy are openly corrupt persons working for Congress government.

It is a tragedy that the 2 forks of Humjanenge are not pulling together to pull the broken RTI cart out of the rut it has fallen into.

Here are the 2 latest RTI stories. They are very substantially true. If you love RTI and the country please recognise your common enemy and put up a joint front against them.

Was CIC fixed to keep sinking UPA-II afloat ?

NCPRI activist demands RTI fee be hiked to Rs. 50


"Raminder" RS Pabbi


On Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 8:38 AM, Vinita Vishwas Deshmukh <vinitapune-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
It's totally wrong to say that RTI movement has suffered after Mr Kardaley. Gen Jatar, Vijay Kumbhar, Vivek Velankar, Vihar Durve, Sanjay Shirodkar, Mumbai activists like Shaileshji, Bhaskarji, Krishnaraj are all working so hard on it. Most of them got their inspiration from Mr Kardaley. And, many, many more across the country.  Burneyji, From his grave, he must have rebuked for making him the whole and sole of RTI,
cheeers
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    Mr. Hemant Kshirsagar | 30 Jul 08:11 2013
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    [HumJanenge] Info commissioner wants to go 4 days early

    Weeks before he is scheduled to leave office, Information Commissioner M L Sharma is learnt to have resigned from his post, apparently because he does not want to serve under a Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) who would likely be an officer junior to him.

    CIC Satyananda Mishra, head of the Central Information Commission, retires on September 4, and Sharma on September 8. If Sharma were to stay till the end, he would have to serve for four days under Mishra's successor.

    A panel comprising the Prime Minister, law minister and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha will pick the new CIC, and has the option of elevating a serving information commissioner.

    Deepak Sandhu and Sushma Singh are contenders — and Sandhu, who is currently after Mishra and Sharma in order of precedence at the commission, is believed to be the frontrunner for the post.

    Sandhu is a retired officer of the 1971 batch. Sharma belongs to the 1972 batch, but he was in the IPS, while Sandhu was in the Indian Information Service. At the commission, Sharma — who was appointed in September 2008 — is senior to Sandhu.

    Sources said that even if the next CIC were to be an outsider, he or she would certainly be junior to Sharma. CIC officials confirmed the developments, but declined to speak on record. Sharma is learnt to have sent his resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee about 10 days ago, citing "personal reasons". But he continued to attend office, and sent an email to CIC Mishra asking to be relieved the day Mishra himself retires.

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    Sarbajit Roy | 9 Mar 16:42 2013
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    [HumJanenge] RTI online facility seems operational

    Dopt's
    http://www.rtionline.gov.in/
    http://www.rtionline.gov.in/FAQ-RTI-Online.pdf

    Need an SBI (or SBI associate) debit card
    First Appeals are free.
    Time is not known because application goes to the "nodal officer".


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    Sarbajit Roy | 2 Feb 07:00 2013
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    [HumJanenge] URGENT: Intimation to take action against Shri Basant Seth's order

    To:
    Shri Satyananada Misra ji
    Hon'ble Chief Information Commissioner of India,
    Central Information Commission at New Delhi,
    August Kranti Bhawan,
    New Delhi

    02-Jan-2013

    BY Email

    Respected Sir

    The RTI activists and all forces opposed to corruption in India are still greatly agitated that no action has been taken by your good self on our separate emails to you concerning the non-feasance by Shri Basant Seth in his order dated 15.0.2013 in case no.
    CIC/SM/A/2012/900133/BS/1683 dated 15.Jan.2013 titled as "Shri Ishan Chunder versus CPIO/EPFO"

    We are all collectively concerned and resolved that we have given sufficient time to the Hon'ble Commission to sort out any  inadvertent oversight by Mr. Basant Seth concerning this atrocious order.  However, the same has not been done and the decision still stands on the website of this Hon'ble Commission as an open invitation to be used/cited by every corrupt Department in India which shall simply instruct its First Appellate Authorities  (orally)  not to pass decisions in difficult matters without fear of penalty on them or the CPIO.

    Sir, we are giving you clear notice of our intention that should the Central Information Commission not withdraw this now seemingly corrupt order, we shall all combine to make an example of Mr. Basant Seth so that no RTI First Appellate Authority in India dares to follow in his footsteps by such blatant non-feasance and dereliction of statutory duty.

    I may mention in passing that Mr. Basant Seth has had a long innings in the public sector financial institutions  immediately proper to joining the Commission where the bulk of the EPFO's funds are invested.

    With warm regards

    yours faithfully

    Sarbajit Roy
    National Convenor
    India Against Corruption, jan andolan
    B-59 Defence Colony
    New Delhi - 110024
    Tel : 011-24334262


    On Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM, Sarbajit Roy <sroy.mb-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
    To:
    Shri Satyananada Misra ji
    Hon'ble Chief Information Commissioner of India
    Central Information Commission at New Delhi
    August Kranti Bhawan

    21-Jan-2013

    Respected Sir

    URGENT / BY EMAIL

    Sub: Order of Mr. Basant Seth in CIC/SM/A/2012/900133/BS/1683 dated 15.Jan.2013 titled as "Shri Ishan Chunder versus CPIO/EPFO"

    I am constrained to inform you that the RTI activists all over the country are greatly agitated by the order/decision of Ld. Information Commissioner Mr.Basant Seth in the above cited matter, which is viewed as a blatant attempt to dilute the statutory powers of the Commission with a view to have the CIC closed down or out-sourced to the retired Judiciary.

    The activists who were present at the recent CIC Convention clearly recall your opening speech, alluding to the Namit Sharma judgment, where you had mentioned that the Information Commissioners had always possessed the judicial mind, and we therefore view such orders/decisions as occasional aberrations, unless they are allowed to stand.

    Accordingly, I would request you to kindly list/discuss this order (and its attendant issues) tomorrow afternoon at the weekly Tuesday meeting, or to refer this matter to a larger Bench and allow all interested persons to intervene.

    We are also given to understand that Ld. Information Commissioner Ms. Sushma Singh is also passing similar orders, and there are apparently oral instructions issued to clear the CIC's humungous backlog pending till April 2012 by such despicable anti-citizen methods so as to befool the Parliament when the CIC's Annual Report is drawn up.

    I may also mention that the new CIC Rules cannot be applied retrospectively.

    With best wishes for the New Year 2013

    yours faithfully

    Sarbajit Roy
    National Convenor - India Against Corruption
    B-59 Defence Colony
    New Delhi - 110024
    Tel : 011-24334262


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    Sarbajit Roy | 15 Jan 05:50 2013
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    [HumJanenge] Prime Minister caught red handed in corruption by alert IAC brigades.

    Dear HJ+IAC members

    Please find attached PDF of RTI reply filed by our Mr.Ambareesh

    This is a clear example of how Manmohan Singh (as Finance Minister) bent the rules to repeatedly favour his own community person to illegally acquire arms in blatant violation of rules and procedures at throw-away prices. It is pertinent that Manmohan Singh repeatedly acknowledged that the person concerned could not avail the scheme.

    IAC therefore reiterates its demand that the archaic, colonial and repressive ARMS ACT be repealed so that all citizens may defend themselves privately.

    PS : Secretary(R) in Cab Sec is a Secy of RAW


    Sarbajit
    National Convenor/Moderator
    India Against Corruption/Humjanenge

    Attachment (SRI J S BEDI CASE.pdf): application/pdf, 1866 KiB

    Gmane