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Had Judiciary been kept out or RTI ambit, decisions like recent Madras High Court order requiring info-seekers to give reasons to request information not been there.

Dear all.
Had  Judiciary been kept out or RTI ambit, decisions like recent Madras High Court order requiring info-seekers to give reasons to request information not been there.

While going through the said order of Madras High Court, I came to the conclusion that the order has been deliberately passed to make RTI users feel the heat of (misuse of ) powers of Indian judiciary if someone tries to poke his nose into the affairs of Judiciary.

A humble request to all RTI users, if you wish RTI regime to exist for some more time,  please refrain from filing RTIs related to India Judiciary or else such judges like Madras High Court shall do  such irreparable  harm to the transparency regime about which even the most corrupt of legislature and executive might have never dreamt of (because of pressure from civil society group) what to say of you n me.


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PTI / ET : Government mulling extension of e-IPO to state governments



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Government mulling extension of e-IPO to state governments

By PTI | 17 Sep, 2014, 05.32PM IST


NEW DELHI: RTI users may now use the facility of electronic postal orders, e-IPO to file their applications for seeking information from public authorities under the state governments also, if a proposal from the Centre is accepted by the states.


The Department of Personnel and Training, nodal ministry for RTI matters, has written to state governments to explore the option of providing e-IPO facility to citizens to pay the fee of their RTI application.


The facility which helped Indians living abroad to file RTI applications during e-IPO was extended to citizens residing in India on February 13, 2014. 


"Department of posts has now proposed that the feasibility of extending this facility to the state government(s) also, where IPO is one of the of the modes of payment of RTI application fee, may be explored," the DoPT wrote to all the Chief Secretaries of states recently.


RTI activist Commodore (Retd) Lokesh Batra has given number of representations for extending the facility for public authorities under state governments.


"I humbly propose Secretary (Posts) and Secretary (P) to consider extending e-IPO Facility to the states whose RTI rules permit payment of RTI fee through Indian Postal Order (IPO)," he had said in one of the communications on the issue.


The e-IPO facilitates RTI applica nts seeking information from Central Public Information Officers (CPIOs) under the RTI Act, 2005.


Debit or Credit Cards of any bank powered by Visa or Master can be used to purchase e-IPO. This facility is only for purchasing an Indian Postal Order (IPO) electronically.


An e-IPO so generated must be used only once with an RTI application. To check any multiple use of an e-IPO, the public authority shall maintain a record of those received by it.


To use the facility, a user needs to get registered at the website epostoffice.gov.in. He has to then select the ministry or department from whom he desires to seek the information under the RTI Act and the e-IPO so generated is to be used to seek information from that particular office only.


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Protect whistleblowers coming up for air, do not drown them, because it ain't cricket

Dear all,
Once again the issue of whistleblowing on corruption and inappropriate behaviour and protection for individuals who blow the whistle is in the limelight. This, even as the Central and State Governments and the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) drag their feet over operationalising the Whistleblowers Protection Act, 2011 enacted in May 2014. In a country where whistling and making catcalls at women are often dismissed with a wink and an uncivilised  justification - "boys will be boys", can and should whistleblowers come forward to serve the national motto 'satyameva jayate' (truth alone triumphs) by risking their lives and reputation openly? Will the administrative edifice erected over the foundation of the rule of law rise to protect them or is the foundation itself so shaky that whistleblowers will prefer the alternative of remaining silent in the face of apparent violation of the law, rules and code of ethical conduct? Should we only demand that Caesar's wife be above reproach or should we hold Caesar himself to task for his alleged misconduct? Those are the big questions at the centre of the latest controversy over the disclosure of what is alleged to be a register of visitors' entries reportedly maintained at the official residence of the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) - India's premier anti-corruption investigating and prosecuting agency.

Pressing for the disclosure of the identity of the whistleblower: it ain't cricket
In an age when the de facto national sport itself is often plagued by controversies of match-fixing, can anything else be expected to be a gentleman's game (with sincere apologies to all women who also play and love that sport)? After all, the concept of the rule of law that must underpin our governance structures and decision-making processes, particularly, the enforcement machinery, is a recognition of that very principle- society agrees on a set of rules to govern itself and every person is expected to abide by them for an orderly way of life. However, when a finger points to those not playing by those very rules they are meant to enforce and abide by because of their near monopoly over power, should the wrong-doing become the umpire's focus or should his/her preoccupation be about the size, shape, colour and motivation of the finger? Unlike in cricket there is no third umpire to decide this case of CBI Register-gate without fear or favour.

In its daily order dated 08 September 2014, the Hon'ble Supreme Court recorded the Petitioner Society's averment that some unknown persons came to the residence of its lawyer and handed over the original entry/guest register of the residential establishment of the CBI's Director. The Hon'ble Court directed that the said register be kept in sealed cover. (see: http://courtnic.nic.in/supremecourt/temp/ac%201066010p.txt). Yet there are umpteen media reports splashing the names of some individuals who are said to have met the CBI Director again and again over several months. These reports display scanned portions of the alleged register as proof. We have no way of ascertaining the veracity of these claims except to wait until the Court rules on the authenticity or otherwise of the alleged register. If this is the fate of the contents of a sealed cover, how much faith should be placed in its ability to protect the identity of the whistleblowing soul if its disclosure were also made mandatory, albeit in sealed cover. 

With the greatest respect to the wisdom of the Apex Court, a bigger question that all citizen-taxpayers must raise is what purpose will disclosing the identity of the whistleblower serve to the adjudication of this case? What the Apex Court said about the noble and courageous act of whistleblowing, four years ago is worth recalling here. In the matter of Indirect Tax Practitioners Association vs R K Jain [(2010) 8SCC 281] a 2-judge bench of the Apex Court recognised whistleblowing as a legitimate exercise, necessary to a democracy that is underpinned by the principle of rule of law, in the following words:

"23. At this juncture, it will be apposite to notice the growing acceptance of the phenomenon of whistleblower. A whistleblower is a person who raises a concern about wrongdoing occurring in an organization or body of people. Usually this person would be from that same organization. The revealed misconduct may be classified in many ways; for example, a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health/safety violations and corruption. Whistleblowers may make their allegations internally (for example, to other people within the accused organization) or externally (to regulators, law enforcement agencies, to the media or to groups concerned with the issues). Most whistleblowers are internal whistleblowers, who report misconduct on a fellow employee or superior within their company. One of the most interesting questions with respect to internal whistleblowers is why and under what circumstances people will either act on the spot to stop illegal and otherwise unacceptable behavior or report it. There is some reason to believe that people are more likely to take action with respect to unacceptable behavior, within an organization, if there are complaint systems that offer not just options dictated by the planning and controlling organization, but a choice of options for individuals, including an option that offers near absolute confidentiality. However, external whistleblowers report misconduct on outside persons or entities. In these cases, depending on the information's severity and nature, whistleblowers may report the misconduct to lawyers, the media, law enforcement or watchdog agencies, or other local, state, or federal agencies. In our view, a person like the respondent can appropriately be described as a whistleblower for the system who has tried to highlight the malfunctioning of an important institution established for dealing with cases involving revenue of the State and there is no reason to silence such person by invoking Articles 129 or 215 of the Constitution or the provisions of the Act". [emphasis supplied]


In the above case the Petitioner body- CESTAT had accused the Respondent of committing contempt by publishing articles about its poor functioning. Interestingly, the same lawyer in this case is appearing for the Petitioner society in the CBI Register-gate matter. In the 2010 case the Apex Court recognised that whistleblowers will not come forward if there are co complaint systems that offer 'near absolute confidentiality'. The Court also recognised whistleblowing to lawyers as legitimate, especially in cases where the matter is of such grave and serious nature. If the alleged diary is truly a record of the meetings of the head of CBI with persons involved in or closely related to cases that were under its investigation, what option does the individual who had access to the alleged diary have but to go to a lawyer? Under the previous regimes, two young professionals paid the price of whistleblowing against corruption with their lives when they complained to the highest office in Government. How will a sealed cover protect the identity of a whistleblower in this case is a question that we all must be asking, especially when the Whistleblower Protection Act has not been operationalised yet?


Can a whistleblower be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act. 1923?
Section 4(1) of the Whistleblower Protection Act clearly states that irrespective of what the Official Secrets Act (OSA) says, any public servant, person or non-governmental organisation may make a complaint about corruption or willful misuse of power or discretion resulting in demonstrable loss to Government or demonstrable wrongful gain to a public servant or a third party. 'Gain' here may not necessarily be restricted to mean 'financial gain'. It could mean any kind of wrongful advantage that is demonstrable. However, in the absence of Rules to operationalise the Whistleblowers' Protection Act, the Central Vigilance Commission is unable to provide the fullest protection of the law to a whistleblower in accordance with that law. So, given this position in law that OSA is no bar on disclosing official documents along with a whistleblower complaint, it is difficult to understand why the identity of the person disclosing the alleged register is important at all? He/she cannot be prosecuted for unauthorisedly handing over official documents to persons accepted by the Court as legitimate recipients of information about wrongdoing in Government in serious and grave matters. As explained above the Apex Court has recognised that whistleblowing to a lawyer in serious matters is permitted even though the Whistleblwoers Protection Act does not permit it. The Court's position stands as law unless that judgement is recalled. So the people of India have the right to know why disclosure of the identity of the whistleblower is important, even if it be in sealed cover. Instead, it is humbly submitted that the process of verifying the identity and contents of the register must be undertaken immediately. If registers of visitors are being maintained at the official residence of the CBI's Director, it is not because the sentries at the gate have nothing better to do. If they have been instructed to maintain such a register for the purpose of security of the CBI Directors' person and residence, the CBI has a duty to make a clean breast of it and clear up the mystery whether it is a register maintained in the pursuance of an official duty.

CBI now seeks transparency after developing allergy to the RTI Act - What will GoI do?
Media reports state that the CBI demanded in its affidavit the disclosure of the whistleblower's identity when the alleged register was produced before the Apex Court. That apart, the CBI's curiosity over the whistleblower's identity is strangely in opposition to its self-confessed allergy to the idea and practice of transparency.  In 2011 the CBI successfully persuaded the then Government to exempt it from the ordinary obligations of transparency under the Right to Information Act and is now litigating before the Delhi High Court to prevent disclosure of information about allegations of corruption against its own staff. Gandhiji's sound advice- "practice what you preach" must be heeded instead of merely garlanding his statues and photos next month on his birth anniversary. But then why blame the CBI alone? The Government of Tamil Nadu was the first to push its Anti-Corruption Department and Vigilance Commission out of the ambit of the RTI Act followed by Uttar Pradesh. Both Governments stated that this measure was necessary to ensure- believe it or not - the transparent, accountable and efficient functioning of these anti-corruption bodies.

The National Democratic Alliance Government came to power in May this year with two major promises- 'sab ka saath, sab ka vikas' (with all, for the development for all). While it is engaged in major initiatives for financial inclusion, will it show its commitment to the first part of its slogan and stand by whistleblowers to start with as a measure of governance reform beyond ridding offices of old files and insisting on punctuality? The national motto - 'satyameva jayate' drawn from the Mundaka Upanishad is as Hindu as any noble principle can aspire to be. It is not an alien or western precept. Governments and their agencies have a duty to deliver on this motto. The second promise was to root out corruption and bring the guilty to book in various scams that surfaced over the last few years. Will the Government:

1) advise the CBI to withdraw its affidavit demanding disclosure of the identity of the current whistleblower and to not insist upon disclosure of the identity of any whistleblower in future?

2) amend the Whistleblower Protection Act to make disclosure of the whistleblower's identity not mandatory for receiving a complaint and operationalise it quickly?

3) take action to ensure passage of the Bill to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act, pending in the Rajya Sabha and reintroduce all the lapsed Bills which sought to make India's anti-corruption regime compliant with the requirements of the UN Convention Against Corruption? and

4) establish and constitute the Lokpal through a transparent and participatory process by appointing members who are of impeccable integrity and have proven commitment to the eradication of corruption and also make it a body competent to receive and act on whistleblower complaints like the CVC?

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Thanks 
Venkatesh Nayak
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ANI : BJP proposes to place CBI under RTI, Politicos react




BJP proposes to place CBI under RTI, Politicos react

Sep 15, 2:15 pm


New Delhi, Sep 15 (ANI): Politicos react on Monday after BJP proposed that Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should be placed under Right to Information Act (RTI). BJP leader Sambit Patra said that BJP wants a corruption free and transparent CBI. Supporting Patra, party leader Subramanian Swamy said that even he believes that CBI should come under RTI although an additional condition can be placed allowing CBI to choose the ongoing cases which shouldn’t be placed under RTI. Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said that although CBI should be transparent, but revealing details of important cases could be dangerous. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that all the parties should be invited and a consensus should be built about placing CBI under RTI.

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वोटिंग के दौरान सीएम अखिलेश यादव के फेसबुक स्टेटस को लेकर एक एनजीओ के निदेशक संजय शर्मा ने चुनाव आयोग से शिकायत की है। शिकायती ई-मेल में कहा गया है कि सीएम ने अपने फेसबुक अकाउंट से शनिवार को दिन में 3:13 बजे सपा को वोट की अपील की। वहीं, मुख्य चुनाव अधिकारी उमेश सिन्हा ने ऐसी शिकायत मिलने से इनकार किया है।


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अखिलेश के प्रशासनिक अधिकारियों ने दिनदहाड़े कर डाली अल्पसंख्यकों के 68 लाख 95 हज़ार रुपये की डकैती : अखिलेशराज की ‘तिलिस्मी’ फाइल खा गयी अल्पसंख्यक आयोग के 68 लाख 95 हज़ार रुपये : अल्पसंख्यक आयोग आते-आते आधे ही =?u

 
हम आये दिन चोरी, डकैती, राहजनी की घटनाएं देखते है, और देखते हैं बाद में पुलिस का वर्क और इन अपराधियों को सजा भोगते हुए भी l पर आज की बात इन हालात की मजबूरी  से बने चोर, डकैतों और राहजनों की नहीं है बल्कि उन सफेदपोश चोर, डकैतों और राहजनों की है जो सूबे के मुखिया के साथ मिलकर दिनदहाड़े डकैती डाल रहे हैं और आप को पता भी नहीं है l जी हाँ , ये डकैतियां पापी पेट भरने के लिए नहीं, बल्कि पाप की कमाई से अपनी तिजोरियां भरने के लिए की जा रहीं हैं l एक ऐसी ही 68 लाख 95 हज़ार रुपये की डकैती का खुलासा आरटीआई से हुआ है l
 
 
दरअसल राजधानी लखनऊ निवासी सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता और इंजीनियर संजय शर्मा ने  मुख्य सचिव कार्यालय में एक आरटीआई दायर कर प्रदेश सरकार द्वारा सूबे के  अल्पसंख्यक आयोग को वेतन और गैर वेतन मद में आवंटित बजट की सूचना माँगी थी lशर्मा की आरटीआई वित्त विभाग को अंतरित की गयी l बीते 10 अगस्त को वित्त विभाग के संयुक्त सचिव धीरज पाण्डेय ने संजय को सूचना दी कि वित्तीय वर्ष 2013 -14  में  शासन ने अल्पसंख्यक आयोग को वेतन मद में 1 करोड़ 17 लाख 90  हज़ार रुपये और गैर वेतन मद में 20  लाख रुपये आवंटित  किये  l
 
 
एक अन्य मामले में मुरादाबाद निवासी आरटीआई  रिसर्चर सलीम बेग ने  सूबे के  अल्पसंख्यक आयोग के  कार्यालय में एक आरटीआई दायर कर प्रदेश सरकार द्वारा सूबे के  अल्पसंख्यक आयोग को वेतन और गैर वेतन मद में आवंटित बजट की सूचना माँगी थी lबीते 1 सितम्बर को अल्पसंख्यक आयोग के सचिक मो० मारूफ़ ने  बेग को सूचना दी है कि वित्तीय वर्ष 2013 -14  में  अल्पसंख्यक आयोग को वेतन मद में 58  लाख 95   हज़ार रुपये और गैर वेतन मद में 10  लाख रुपये आवंटित  हुआ है  l
 
 
अब बड़ा सबाल यह है कि शासन से अल्पसंख्यक आयोग तक आने के रास्ते में ये 68 लाख 95 हज़ार रुपये कहाँ छूमंतर हो गए ? संजय इस कारनामें को अखिलेश के प्रशासनिक अधिकारियों  द्वारा अल्पसंख्यकों के हितों की रक्षा  को  रखे गए  68 लाख 95 हज़ार  रुपयों की दिनदहाड़े की गयी डकैती  की संघ्या देते हैं और कहते हैं कि  शासन के वित्त विभाग से आवंटित 1 करोड़ 37 लाख 90  हज़ार रुपये अल्पसंख्यक आयोग आते-आते आधे ही रह जाने और रास्ते में ही बाकी आधे रुपये गायब हो जाने का यह  प्रकरण निहायत ही शर्मनाक है l
 
 
संजय का कहना है कि कम से कम अखिलेश ने अल्पसंख्यकों और विशेषकर मुस्लिमों के प्रति अपनी कथनी और  करनी में एकरूपता लाई होती  और कुछ शर्म करते हुए मजलूम,मजबूर अल्पसंख्यकों की सहायता के लिए निर्धारित बजट को तो छोड़ दिया होता l
 
 
संजय ने सामाजिक संगठन 'तहरीर' के माध्यम से सूबे के राज्यपाल को पत्र लिखकर अल्पसंख्यक आयोग के 68 लाख 95 हज़ार रुपये खा जाने बाली अखिलेशराज की ‘तिलिस्मी फाइल की जांच कराकर दोषियों को दण्डित करने की माँग की है l
 
 


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Re: Research , Training and Awarness Programme

dear all,

as you all are aware, alokji from RTI Council of UP formulated a
program and sent draft to us. We responded immediately with our full
support to the program but any cash financial assistance.

since then we have written mails to alokji but he is not responding so
yaishwaryaj is in a stae of dilemma. we visited the proposed venue on
08th n 9th but nothing was there.

this unprofessional approach is very much unfortunate on the part of
RTI Council of UP.

please clear the position because we are not the ones who device fake
programs on paper to befool the society.

if we do not hear from  RTI Council of UP by 5 PM today,in future we
shall not be in a position to associate with  RTI Council of UP.

On 9/9/14, urvashi sharma <rtimahilamanchup@...> wrote:
> alokji,
> no updates received from your end till now. If you have cancelled the
> program or postponed it.
>
> at least keep us informed  so that we should not unnecessarily keep
> our other assignments suspended because of your proposed program.
>
> talked to ashok goyal,nutan thakur and salim beg. even they are not
> aware of all this.
>
> kindly inform.
>
> On 9/6/14, Alok Singh <rticup@...> wrote:
>> Dear Urvashi/ Sanjay Ji,
>>
>> Thanks for lot for Changes, This Programme is voluntary in the term of
>> Finance,
>> we Hope Your Full Support in Training as well as Research .
>>
>> Looking Forward.
>>
>>
>> Note : Please Inform me in time, if any other Group/Organization May feel
>> Sorry to Sponsor .
>>
>>
>> With Regerds
>>
>> Alok Kumar Singh
>>
>> Convener RTI Council of U.P.
>>
>> +91-9936716526
>> http://www.facebook.com/alokqr?ref=flnm
>> http://rticup2010.blogspot.in/
>>
>>
>>> Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:17:24 +0530
>>> Subject: Re: Research , Training and Awarness Programme
>>> From: rtimahilamanchup@...
>>> To: rticup@...
>>> CC: akgoel1954@...;
bimal.khemani@...; rtioptima@...;
>>> mittal.sandeep@...; amitabhthakurlko@...;
>>> nutanthakurlko@...; rti.lucknow@...;
>>> advocatekgupta@...
>>>
>>> alokji,
>>>
>>> in file test print.pdf please make following changes
>>> 1- in organizers : replace  "Aishwaarya’s Seva Sansthan" with
>>> "YAISHWARYAJ Seva Sansthan"
>>
>>> 2- in 1St PhaseField Research:replace "Sanjay Sharma" with "Er. Sanjay
>>> Sharma"
>>> 3-in 2nd Phase :replace "Pesident – Aishwarya’s Seva Sansthan" with "
>>> Secretary - YAISHWARYAJ Seva Sansthan"
>>>
>>> make changes at other places accordingly. moreover we feel sorry to
>>> inform you that we shall not be in a position to sponsor anything or
>>> arrange for any money for the program.
>>>
>>> however team of YAISHWARYAJ shall be there to make the entire program
>>> a great success.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On 9/5/14, Alok Singh <rticup@...> wrote:
>>> > Namaskar ,
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > Kindly Find Attached , All Thing is Planed and Proposed only.
>>> > Looking Forward for great success ....
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > With Regerds
>>> >
>>> > Alok Kumar Singh
>>> >
>>> > Convener RTI Council of U.P.
>>> >
>>> > +91-9936716526
>>> > http://www.facebook.com/alokqr?ref=flnm
>>> > http://rticup2010.blogspot.in/
>>> >  		 	   		
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> -Sincerely Yours,
>>>
>>> Urvashi Sharma
>>> Secretary - YAISHWARYAJ SEVA SANSTHAAN
>>> 101,Narayan Tower, Opposite F block Idgah
>>> Rajajipuram,Lucknow-226017,Uttar Pradesh,India
>>> Contact 9369613513
>>> Right to Information Helpline 8081898081
>>> Helpline Against Corruption   9455553838
>>>
>>>
>>> http://upcpri.blogspot.in/
>>>
>>>
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>>  		 	   		
>
>
> --
> -Sincerely Yours,
>
> Urvashi Sharma
> Secretary - YAISHWARYAJ SEVA SANSTHAAN
> 101,Narayan Tower, Opposite F block Idgah
> Rajajipuram,Lucknow-226017,Uttar Pradesh,India
> Contact 9369613513
> Right to Information Helpline 8081898081
> Helpline Against Corruption   9455553838
>
>
> http://upcpri.blogspot.in/
>
>
> Note : if you don't want to receive mails from me,kindly inform me so
> that i should delete your name from my mailing list.
>

-- 
-Sincerely Yours,

Urvashi Sharma
Secretary - YAISHWARYAJ SEVA SANSTHAAN
101,Narayan Tower, Opposite F block Idgah
Rajajipuram,Lucknow-226017,Uttar Pradesh,India
Contact 9369613513
Right to Information Helpline 8081898081
Helpline Against Corruption   9455553838

http://upcpri.blogspot.in/

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मुस्लिम कौम नहीं महज कुछ मुस्लिम नेताओं को साध रही यूपी की सपा सरकार : राज्य अल्पसंख्यक आयोग के अध्यक्ष को कैबिनेट मंत्री का दर्जा देने को बेक़रार सरकार पर राज्य अल्पसंख्यक आयोग को साल भर के खर्चे के लिए म =?u

क्या यूपी की सपा सरकार का मुस्लिम प्रेम वास्तविक है या एक दिखावा मात्र ? यह सबाल इसलिए खड़ा हुआ है कि अखिलेश सरकार एक तरफ तो   राज्य अल्पसंख्यक आयोग के अध्यक्ष को कैबिनेट मंत्री का दर्जा देने के लिए वेताव है और इस बारे में राज्यपाल की मंजूरी के लिए प्रस्ताव भी भेज चुकी है तो वहीं दूसरी ओर राजधानी लखनऊ निवासी सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता और इंजीनियर संजय शर्मा की एक आरटीआई से  खुलासा हुआ है कि प्रदेश सरकार सूबे के  अल्पसंख्यक आयोग को साल भर के गैर वेतन खर्चे के लिए महज 20 लाख का बजट ही देती है l
 
 
संजय इसे राज्य सरकार का मुस्लिम कौम के साथ किया जा रहा विश्वासघात करार देते है और सरकार के मुस्लिम प्रेम को महज दिखावा करार देते हुए प्रश्न  उठाते हैं कि हाल ही में मुख्यमंत्री एकादश और आईएएस एकादश के बीच हुए क्रिकेट मैच  पर एक दिन  में 2.25 करोड़ रुपये फूंकने बाले  अखिलेश की झोली से पूरे सूबे के अल्पसंख्यकों के हित सुरक्षित रखने के दायित्व के लिए बनाये गए अल्पसंख्यक आयोग को साल भर के गैर वेतन खर्चे के लिए महज 20 लाख रुपये ही क्यों निकल पाते  हैं l
 
 
संजय का कहना  है कि सरकार को सूबे में आयी  सांप्रदायिक दंगों की बाढ़ के मद्देनजर राज्य अल्पसंख्यक आयोग को और अधिक कार्यशील बनाने के जमीनी कार्य को करने की आवश्यकता थी ताकि पूरी मुस्लिम कौम के जख्मों पर मरहम रखा जा सके पर अफ़सोस है कि अखिलेश सरकार अल्पसंख्यक आयोग के कार्यशील बजट को बढ़ाने के स्थान पर राज्य अल्पसंख्यक आयोग के अध्यक्ष को कैबिनेट मंत्री का दर्जा देने को बेक़रार है l संजय प्रश्न करते हैं कि आखिर राज्य अल्पसंख्यक आयोग के अध्यक्ष को कैबिनेट मंत्री का दर्जा देने से पूरी मुस्लिम कौम का क्या फायदा होगा जब तक अल्पसंख्यक आयोग में पर्याप्त संसाधन ही नहीं होंगे l
 
 
गौरतलब है कि वित्तीय वर्ष 2014-15 के लिए अल्पसंख्यक आयोग को साल भर के गैर वेतन खर्चे के लिए भी पिछले वित्तीय वर्ष 2013-14 के बराबर ही  20 लाख रुपये का बजट आवंटित किया गया है और मंहगाई में बृद्धि के बाबजूद इसमें कोई बढ़ोत्तरी नहीं की गयी है l


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TOI : Now, track your RTI appeal online



Now, track your RTI appeal online

Christin Mathew Philip I TNN | Sep 9, 2014, 04.08 AM IST




CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu state information commission, often in the news for the wrong reasons, is now set to facilitate a system where applicants seeking information under the Right to Information Act can track their appeals.


 The system, through which case details will be provided to RTI applicants via SMS, is expected to be in place by month-end. Those filing appeals with the state information commission will receive an SMS mentioning the case number and the date of hearing. The commission now sends notices to applicants by post.


 The facility will be available to only those who mention their mobile phone numbers on appeals and make a specific request to avail of the facility. The commission had conducted discussions with Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (Elcot), National Informatics Centre (NIC) and mobile service providers like BSNL to develop the software and integrate the messaging service.
 

Under the plan, every RTI petitioner will receive three text messages - the first when the case number is generated, the second after the case is posted for hearing and the third when it is disposed.
 

Initially, an information commission official said, they would send only the first message to applicants on a trial basis. The petitioner will be able to track the application by the case number. "Applicants can also use case numbers to get information and check the status of the case on www.tnsic.gov.in," he said. Details such as the names of petitioners and respondents, case number and address will be available on the website, he added.

The commission, which each year receives as many as 56,000 appeals, is hamstrung by a severe shortage of manpower and funds.

Asked if there was a plan to introduce an online appeal filing system for applicants on the lines of the a system in Bihar, he said a proposal had been sent to the government. "We haven't received any response."

Under the system that is in vogue in Bihar, citizens can file RTI applications by simply dialling the Jaankari helpline number that was launched in 2007. The operator receiving the call drafts the application and sends it to the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the department concerned for providing the requisite information to the applicant. RTI activists in Tamil Nadu have for long been demanding that the government replicate that system in the state.

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TOI : Headless Central Information Commission could land up in legal tangle





Headless Central Information Commission could land up in legal tangle


TNN | Sep 3, 2014, 04.18 AM IST



NEW DELHI: With no Chief Information Commissioner, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has been left in a quandary with its orders open to challenge by a court. Activists have urged PM Narendra Modi to appoint a chief for the Commission soon adding that the delay was adversely impacting its functioning.


 Already there are 25,000 appeals pending before the CIC. According to Section 12 of the RTI Act, the Chief Information Commissioner is tasked with "general superintendence, direction and management of the affairs of the Central Information Commission" and is assisted by the information commissioners and may exercise all such powers to work autonomously without being subjected to directions by any other authority under the RTI Act.


 "The Section implies that the role of the Chief Information Commissioner is critical for the functioning of the Central Information Commission," a statement by NCPRI said.


 Former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah --who resigned as CIC in 2009 to join as head of the J&K Information Commission--said that he had been advised by the law ministry then that without a chief the CIC's orders were open to be challenged by courts according to the Act.


 Activists also dismissed the argument that a chief could not be appointed due to the absence of a Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Lok Sabha as the RTI Act mandates that the panel for the appointment should include the PM, LoP and a minister chosen by the PM. "However, this cannot be the rationale for not appointing the Chief Information Commissioner since the RTI Act clearly specifies that in case no LoP has been recognised, the leader of the single largest party in opposition in the Lok Sabha shall be deemed to be the Leader of Opposition for the purpose of selecting Information Commissioners," NCPRI said.

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Writ in High Court for Men’s Commission

Writ in HC for Men’s Commission

I have filed a Writ Petition in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court praying for formation of National and State level Men’s Commission to look after specific men oriented issues and problems.

In the petition I have said that it cannot be disagreed that even today women in our society tend have more difficult position vis-à-vis men and they have a large number of special and specific problems associated with them, often resulting in serious women related offences.

At the same time, with the changing social scenario a large number of women have come to occupy strong social, economic and educational status. Instances of many such empowered women misusing their superior position and women-centric laws against men have also started coming up.

Previously I had sent representations to Cabinet Secretary, Government of India and UP Chief Secretary and have now filed this petition for formation of Men’s Commission for sensitive and empathetic handling of specific men-centric problems.

Copy of Writ Petition--


Amitabh Thakur
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