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Fw: NHRC registers case against TN Info-Commissioners in RTI activists alleged illegal arrest & custody/ UP based NGO TAHRIR has raised this Complaint : यूपी के सामाजिक संगठन 'तहरीर' की शिकायत पर राष्ट्रीय मानवाधिकार आयोग करेगा तमिलनाडु सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा आरटीआई एक्टिविस्ट को जेल भेजे जाने क =?u

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--- On Fri, 16/1/15, Sanjay Sharma <tahririndia@...> wrote:

> From: Sanjay Sharma <tahririndia@...>
> Subject: NHRC registers case against TN Info-Commissioners in RTI activists alleged illegal arrest &
custody/ UP based NGO TAHRIR has raised this Complaint : यूपी के सामाजिक
संगठन 'तहरीर' की शिकायत पर राष्ट्रीय
मानवाधिकार आयोग करेगा तमिलनाडु
सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा आरटीआई
एक्टिविस्ट को जेल भेजे जाने के
मामले की जांच
> To: rtimahilamanchup@...
> Date: Friday, 16 January, 2015, 7:49 PM
> NHRC registers case against TN
> Info-Commissioners in RTI activists
> alleged illegal arrest & custody/ UP based NGO TAHRIR
> has raised this
> Complaint : यूपी के सामाजिक
> संगठन 'तहरीर' की शिकायत
> पर राष्ट्रीय
> मानवाधिकार आयोग करेगा
> तमिलनाडु सूचना
> आयुक्तों द्वारा
> आरटीआई एक्टिविस्ट
> को जेल भेजे जाने के
> मामले की जांच
> 
> Please find communication received from National Human
> Rights
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Cautionary Note : Government seeks "Public Comments " on Introduction of postal stamps as RTI fee/cost

  Cautionary  Note :
Government seeks "Public Comments " on Introduction of postal stamps as RTI fee/cost


1.    Government (DoPT) vide O.M. No. 1/3/2014-IR dated 14-01-2015 has sought public views regarding Introduction of Postal Stamps as RTI fee/cost. Last date for sending Comments is 07 February 2015 font>


2.    DoPT OM can be downloaded from Link below and also attached :


A Cautionary Note

3.    The introduction of Stamps.... as mode of Payment of RTI Fee/Information Fee will involve amendment to RTI Rules 2012.


4.    The big question is : "ARE WE READY FOR AMENDMENT" ?ont> Is it the right time to Tinker with RTI Rules. 


5.    Looking back.... the kind of importance (or lack of it) given by th e government in recent past to "Your Right to Know"... I DO NOT THINK IT IS APPROPRITE TIME to tinker with RTI Act or RTI Rules 2012.


6.    The Simple example is of government delaying appoint ments of 'Chief Information Commissioner' and Information Commissioners".


7.    I do not think, it mattered to Government.... how the pendency growing in CIC is going to have long term affect on the implementation of the RTI Act. Public Authorities have stopped worrying about cases coming up in CIC after long delays.


8.    It may be recalled that as early as in 2006 at the First CIC's Annual Convention, the Citizens' had raised the requirement of Postal Stamps as mode of payment of RTI Fee/Information Fee. But it was not accepted while framing the Rules.


History of formation RTI Rules 2012


9.    THOSE who have gone through the DoPT and PMO files on Rules (I have both files) would know that the process of framing RTI Rules had started as early as 2009 and culminated on 31 July 2012.


10.    The Files reveal that the government had many proposals included in the draft Rules those in my views would have weakened the Law. For Example : Government wanted 100 word limit on an RTI application and Fee for filing Appeals and many others.


Read HT story below:


     "Govt wanted to make you pay for RTI, literally"




11.    It was only after a committee under NAC sent important recommendations that improved the situation but government did not accept many of recommendation of NAC Committee.


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12.    In any case APIO, Post Offices are charging RTI fee through UCR (unclassified Receipt). The UCR receipt mentions "RT Fee, Name of RTI Applicant and his/her Address".  I understand that no restriction on UCRs validity period.


13.   &n bsp;Therefore UCR for RTI Fee can be bought by applicants and used on a later date when required.


14.    The Post Offices who do not have facility of Computerization.... the said UCR Receipt is prepared manually. I have used this process extensively without any difficulty.

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15.    I thought it was important to share my experience on this issue.


16.    My Communication is in Public Domain.


Regards,
{Commodore Lokesh Batra} IN 1967
BringChangeNow 



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MoneyLife : : Who will be India’s next Central Chief Information Commissioner under RTI?

MoneyLife





Who will be India’s next Central Chief Information Commissioner under RTI?

Vinita Deshmukh| 14/01/2015 04:37 PM 


After nearly six months of keeping the post of Central CIC’s post vacant and with 203 applicants responding to DoPT’s advertisement for this post, the screening committee is finally meeting on 16th January to decide a name
 

So, who will be India’s next Central Chief Information Commissioner?


The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has invited the search committee members comprising cabinet secretary, Rashtrapati Bhavan (chairman); Additional Principal Secretary to PM; Secretary, DoPT; Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs; Secretary, Dept of Expenditure and Professor Ram Chand, National Centre for Agricultural Economics & Policy. They are scheduled to meet at the cabinet secretariat of Rahtrapati Bhavan on 16th January. On the same day, another meeting to draw a panel for information commissioners will also take place.


The Agenda note for the meeting states that the 203 applications received for the CIC post have been divided into seven categories to facilitate shortlisting of candidate. The Agenda note procured by Moneylife states: “(the) Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has directed that for the sake of consistency and uniformity in approach, the procedure for selection of information commissioner, which includes amongst other things, advertising the post and short listing by a search committee may be adopted for appointment to the post of Chief Information Commissioner as well. Such short listed panel may then be placed before the selection committee for its consideration.”


“Accordingly, a circular was posted on the website of DoPT inviting applications to the post of Chief Information Commissioner on 24.10.2014. The post was also advertised in three leading newspapers (two in English and one in Hindi) as was done for appointment to the posts of information commissioners. The last date of receipt of applications is 24.11.2014. A total number of 203 applications for the post of Chief Information Commissioner in CIC were received. Applications received after the cut-off date of 24.11.2014 are not being considered.”


“As per Section 12 (5) of the RTI Act 2005, the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioner 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.”


“Accordingly, all these 203 applications have been broadly categorized into seven categories of knowledge and experience as mentioned above. Few applications which do not fall within these seven categories have been mentioned as ‘other’ categories. However, for the sake of categorization, only the main field of knowledge and experience, if any, have not been indicated. 
 
Law: 37
 
Science & Technology: 21
 
Social Service: 09
 
Management: 28
 
Journalism: 03
 
Mass Media: 05
 
Administration and Governance: 89
 
Others: 11
 
Total: 203
 
Here is the list of these 203 candidates…
 
 

“It is pertinent to mention that in a Review Petition filed by Union of India against Hon’ble Supreme Court judgment dated 13.09.2012 in Namit Sharma case, the Hon’ble Supreme Court vie the judgment dated 03.09.2013, inter-alia, gave  the following direction:


1. We direct that only persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in the fields mentioned…..be considered for appointment as information commissioner and Chief Information Commissioner.’’


The Search Committee would be seeking reports from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of the shortlisted persons and would ask DoPT to obtain reports from Intelligence Bureau (IB).


So, finally it seems the crucial vacancy that had earned ire from activists from across the country is well on its way to be filled up. However, India needs to thank Delhi-based RTI activist Commodore Lokesh Batra (retd) who has been pursuing this issue through RTI applications. Batra says, “Though there is a huge delay in filling up the above posts, I am of the opinion that this time the process of shortlisting is going to be more transparent.’’
 
 
 
Here is the chronology of his efforts as timeline by him:
 
07.09.2014 : Filed RTI in DoPT (No. 1-Attachment)
 
07.10.2014 : CPIO, DoPT sent response and intimated that both the Files are under submission i.e. (i) File No.4/4/2014-IR concerning processing the appointment of Information Commissioners in CIC and (ii) File No.4/7/2014-IR concerning processing of appointment of Chief Information Commissioner" in CIC.
 
29.10.2014, I inspected File No.4/7/2014-IR : concerning appointment of Chief Information Commissioner after it was returned by PMO and collected certified copies of Notings Side from Page NOs 15 to 31 (last page). I also collected relevant 10 pages from Correspondence side.
 
DoPT File No.4/7.2014 : Appointment of Chief Information Commissioner in CIC 2014
 
• PMO after holding the file for over two and half months (from 01.08.2014)..... returned the file to DoPT vide PMO ID dated 17 October 2014. In its note of 17 October 2014, PMO stated that : Quote : "Prime Minister has desired that for the sake of consistency and uniformity in approach, the procedure for selection of Information Commissioners which includes, among other things, advertising the post and short listing by a Search Committee, may be adopted for appointment to the post of Central Information Commissioner as well. Such short-listed panel may then be placed before the Selection Committee for its consideration." Unquote
 
12 June 2014 : DoPT sought clarification from Lok Sabha Secretariat :
"xxx whether any leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha has been recognised. If the leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha has not been recognised as such, it is requested to kindly intimate the name of the leader of the single largest group in opposition of Government in the Lok Sabha, for the purpose of selection of Information Commissioners as per the RTI Act."
 
19 June 2014 : Lok Sabha Secretariat responded to DoPT's above clarification and stated : Quote "As on date, there is no Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha. Indian National Congress with a strength of 44 members is, however, the single largest party in opposition to the Government in Lok Sabha. As per information received from the party, Mallikaarjun Kharge is the Leader of Indian National Congress in Lok Sabha" Unquote
 
08 July 2014: DoPT sought the advice of Department of Legal Affairs (DOLA) as to whether the Leader of single largest party in opposition can be considered as Leader of the single largest group in opposition, in Lok Sabha, for the sake of section 12(3) of RTI Act.
 
15 July 2014: Pending Clarification from DOLA..... DoPT submitted file with brief to PMO for kind consideration of Hon'ble Prime Minister on 'Appointment of Chief Information Commissioner' in Central Information Commission for :-
 
(i) Nomination of a Union Cabinet Minister for the Selection Committee u/s of the RTI act.
(ii) A convenient date for holding of the meeting of the Selection Committee.
 
21 July 2014: V. Sheshadri, Director, PMO in its note to Secretary, DoPT conveyed that the Prime Minister has nominated Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, as the Member of the Selection Committee under of Section 12(3) of the RTI Act. The PMO note goes on to say "The undersigned is directed to convey that the matter shall be resubmitted for a decision on date of meeting of Selection Committee, after the issue raised in para 6 of the aforesaid note is decided."
 
17 July 2014: DOPT received clarification from DOLA. DOLA confirmed on DoPT query in affirmative with a rider that "We, however, clarify that this answer is only for the limited purpose of the RTI Act [explanation below section 12(3)] and not for any other purpose"
 
31 July 2014: File was again submitted to PMO. In this note name of Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of Indian National Congress in Lok Sabha was included as Member of the Selection Committee and Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence as Member of the Selection Committee.
 
17 October 2014: PMO after holding the file for over two and half months (from 01.08.2014)..... returned the file to DoPT vide PMO ID dated 17 October 2014
 
24 October 2014 : DoPT uploaded a circular on the website of DoPT advertising post of Chief Information Commissioner and later also advertised in English and Hindi Newspapers
 
 
 
(Vinita Deshmukh is consulting editor of Moneylife, an RTI activist and convener of the Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting which she won twice in 1998 and 2005 and the Chameli Devi Jain award for outstanding media person for her investigation series on Dow Chemicals. She co-authored the book “To The Last Bullet - The Inspiring Story of A Braveheart - Ashok Kamte” with Vinita Kamte and is the author of “The Mighty Fall”.)


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महिला अपराधों पर लगाम लगाने में अखिलेश सरकार नाकाम!

http://hindi.news18.com/news/uttar-pradesh/lucknow/akhilesh-government-failed-to-rein-in-female-crime-411671.html

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#अखिलेश यादव #अपराध #महिला
महिला अपराधों पर लगाम लगाने में
अखिलेश सरकार नाकाम!
ETV UP/Uttarakhand | Anurag Tripathi | Tue Jan 13, 2015 | 11:52 IST

#लखनऊ #उत्तर प्रदेश उत्तर प्रदेश के
मुख्यमंत्री अखिलेश यादव सूबे में
महिलाओं की सुरक्षा को लेकर तमाम
कोशिशों में जुटे हुए हैं, लेकिन
परिणाम इसके विपरीत हैं। अखिलेश
सरकार के ढाई साल के कामकाज पर नजर
डालें तो फिलहाल वह महिला सशक्तीकरण
के मामले में पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री
मायावती के अंतिम ढाई वर्षों के
कामकाज से काफी पीछे हैं। सूचना के
अधिकार (आरटीआई) के तहत मांगी गई जानकारी
 में यह तथ्य सामने आया है।

सामाजिक और आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता
उर्वशी शर्मा ने 15 सितंबर 2014 को उत्तर
प्रदेश राज्य महिला आयोग से सूचना के
अधिकार के तहत अखिलेश राज के शुरुआती
ढाई साल और मायावती के अंतिम ढाई
वर्षों के दौरान महिला सुरक्षा को
लेकर किए गए कामकाज की जानकारी मांगी
थी। आयोग की तरफ से 17 दिसंबर 2014 को इसकी
जानकारी दी गई, जिसमें काफी चौंकाने
वाली बातें हैं।

उर्वशी शर्मा ने बताया, "महिला आयोग
में मेरे द्वारा दायर एक आरटीआई से
खुलासा हुआ है कि मायावती के नेतृत्व
बाली बहुजन समाज पार्टी सरकार के
मुकाबले अखिलेश के नेतृत्व वाली
समाजवादी सरकार में महिला आयोग में
दर्ज शिकायतों में 42 प्रतिशत की
वृद्धि हुई, जबकि मामलों के निस्तारण
में 45 फीसदी की कमी आई है।"

उन्होंने बताया कि मायाराज में महिला
आयोग में दर्ज शिकायतों के निस्तारण
की दर 85 फीसदी थी जो अखिलेश के समय में
घटकर महज 33 प्रतिशत रह गई है। महिला
आयोग में लंबित मामलों में 557 प्रतिशत
की भारी बढ़ोतरी दर्ज की गई है।
उर्वशी की मानें तो ये सभी आंकड़े
मायावती के अंतिम ढाई वर्ष के
कार्यकाल और अखिलेश के आरंभिक ढाई
वर्ष के कार्यकाल के हैं।
महिला अपराधों पर लगाम लगाने में
अखिलेश सरकार नाकाम!	

उन्होंने बताया कि महिला आयोग के
आंकड़े बताते हैं कि मायावती के
अंतिम ढाई वर्ष के कार्यकाल (15 सितंबर
2009 से 14 मार्च 2012) में महिला आयोग के पास
महिला उत्पीड़न के 55301 मामले पंहुचे जो
अखिलेश के आरंभिक ढाई वर्ष के
कार्यकाल (15 मार्च 2012 से 14 सितंबर 2014) में
बढ़कर 78483 हो गए।

मायावती राज के अंतिम ढाई वर्ष में
महिला आयोग द्वारा महिला उत्पीड़न
के 47319 मामले निस्तारित हुए जो अखिलेश
के आरंभिक ढाई वर्ष के कार्यकाल (15
मार्च 2012 से 14 सितंबर 2014) में घटकर 26007 रह
गए। उर्वशी ने बताया कि हैरानी की बात
है कि वित्तवर्ष 2014-15 में 16 दिसंबर तक
राज्य महिला आयोग गैर वेतन मद में
प्राप्त 1 करोड़ रुपये में से 40 लाख से
भी कम राशि ही खर्च कर पाया है।

वह कहती हैं, "इन आंकड़ों से उप्र पुलिस
की महिलाओं को सुरक्षा न्याय दे पाने
में विफलता भी सामने आ रही है, क्योंकि
कोई भी महिला पुलिस से निराश होने पर
ही महिला आयोग का दरवाजा खटखटाती है।
महिला आयोग की अकर्मण्यता का तो हाल
ये है कि 25 सदस्यीय महिला आयोग
वित्तवर्ष 2014-15 के 71 फीसदी समय में गैर
वेतन मद का महज 40 प्रतिशत ही खर्च कर
पाया है।

मुख्यमंत्री अखिलेश भले ही सैफई
महोत्सव में भरे मंच से महिला
सशक्तीकरण की बात करें, कैबिनेट में
राज्य महिला सशक्तीकरण मिशन के लिए
प्रावधान को मंजूरी दें, रानी
लक्ष्मीबाई सम्मान कोष की स्थापना
करें या महिला हेल्पलाइन की बात करें,
लेकिन राज्य महिला आयोग के आंकड़ों
को यदि सच माना जाए तो महिलाओं के
सम्मान को सुरक्षित रखने, महिलाओं के
विरुद्ध अपराधों पर लगाम लगाने और
 पीड़ित महिलाओं को मदद मुहैया कराने
में उतने सफल नहीं हो पाए हैं।

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देश भर के सूचना आयोगों में आरटीआई
आवेदकों के मानवाधिकार हनन के
विरुद्ध आवाज उठाते उत्तर प्रदेश के
समाजसेवी : Pls. read/download समाचारपत्रों से
कुछ खबरें at given link 

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UP RTI activists demonstrate with chair in solidarity with protests across the nation over harassment of RTI users by Information Commissioners

Please download pics of the event by clicking under-given web-link
http://tahririndia.blogspot.in/2015/01/l-ll.html

1- सूचना आयुक्तों होश में आओ, होश में
आओ, होश में आओ l
हमारी ‘कुर्सी’ हमें दिलाओ, हमें
दिलाओ, हमें दिलाओ ll

2- नौकर बैठे मालिक देखे, नहीं चलेगा
नहीं चलेगा l

3- बंद करो यह अत्याचार, ‘कुर्सी’ की है
अब दरकार l

 Lucknow. 11/01/2015. यह बानगी है उन नारों की जो
यूपी की
राजधानी लखनऊ में लगाते हुए आरटीआई
कार्यकर्ताओं ने सूचना आयोगों में
सुनवाई के दौरान सूचनार्थियों को
कुर्सी पर बैठाना सुनिश्चित कराने की
मांग समेत अन्य मांगों के लिए 'कुर्सी
के साथ’हुंकार भरी l

तमिलनाडु में एक आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता
के द्वारा कुर्सी मांगने पर सूचना
आयुक्तों द्वारा आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता 
को जेल भेजने के मामले से आक्रोशित
उत्तर प्रदेश के आरटीआई
कार्यकर्ताओं ने आज लखनऊ के हज़रतगंज
जीपीओ के
निकट महात्मा गांधी पार्क में
'कुर्सी' के साथ’ धरना देकर  देश भर के
सूचना आयोगों समेत सभी न्यायिक और
अर्द्ध-न्यायिक प्रतिष्ठानों की
सुनवाइयों में सभी पक्षों को कुर्सी
पर बैठाकर सुनवाई करने की मांग  के
साथ  देश के राष्ट्रपति, राष्ट्रीय
मानवाधिकार आयोग के अध्यक्ष और  देश
के सभी प्रदेशों के राज्यपालों को 11
सूत्रीय  मांगो से सम्बंधित एक
ज्ञापन  प्रेषित किया  l

धरने में समाजसेवी  नवीन
तिवारी,उर्वशी शर्मा,संजय शर्मा,देवीदत्त
पाण्डेय,अशोक कुमार गोयल,हयात
कादरी,राम स्वरुप यादव,सूरज प्रसाद,केदार
नाथ सैनी,ज्ञानेश
पाण्डेय,होमेन्द्र कुमार,मीना
पाण्डेय, तुलसी बल्लभ
गुप्ता,रोहित कुमार और अनामिका
पोरवाल   ने देश के आरटीआई एक्टिविस्टों
के मानवाधिकारों के संरक्षण के पक्ष
में अपनी आवाज बुलंद की l

मानवाधिकार संरक्षण के क्षेत्र में
कार्यरत सामाजिक संगठन 'तहरीर' के
संस्थापक संजय शर्मा ने बताया कि
सूचना आयुक्तों द्वारा की जा रही
सुनवाइयों में सूचना मांगने बालों को
खड़ा रहने को  वाध्य  करना सूचना
मांगने बालों के मानवाधिकारों का हनन
है l सूचना आयुक्तों को सामंतवादी
मानसिकता का शिकार बताते हुए संजय ने
कहा कि चाटुकारिता के चलते उच्च पद
पा गए सूचना आयुक्त शायद यह भूल रहे हैं
कि देश में लोकशाही है जिसमे
जनता राजा है और सूचना आयुक्त जनता के
सेवक मात्र हैं l

कार्यकर्ताओं ने धरने में लोकतंत्र
समर्थक नारे लगाते हुए सूचना आयुक्तों
के विरुद्ध लंबित शिकायतों का
निपटारा तीन माह में करने, सूचना आयुक्तों
के पद-ग्रहण से पूर्व  उनको आरटीआई
एक्ट और मानवाधिकारों सम्बन्धी
प्रशिक्षण अनिवार्य करने, सूचना
मांगने बालों के खिलाफ शिकायत आने पर
उनके लंबित आरटीआई प्रकरणों को भी
जांचों में शामिल करने समेत 11सूत्रीय
मांगो से सम्बंधित एक ज्ञापन
राष्ट्रपति, राष्ट्रीय मानवाधिकार
आयोग के
अध्यक्ष और  देश के सभी प्रदेशों के
राज्यपालों को  प्रेषित किया  l धरने
की समन्वयक संस्था द्वारा एक ज्ञापन
राज्यपाल कार्यालय में प्राप्त भी
कराया गया l

संजय ने बताया कि वे देश के सभी
प्रदेशों के आरटीआई और मानवाधिकार
कार्यकर्ताओं के संपर्क में हैं और
यदि 3 माह में उनकी मांगें नहीं मानी
गयीं तो  इस सम्बन्ध में शीघ्र ही
देशव्यापी  आंदोलन चलाया जायेगा l

धरने के बाद धरने की समन्वयक संस्था
द्वारा एक ज्ञापन राज्यपाल कार्यालय
में प्राप्त कराया गया जिसकी स्कैन्ड
कॉपी भी अपलोड की जा रही है l धरने
के कुछ फोटो भी अपलोड किये  जा रहे हैं l

राष्ट्रपति, राष्ट्रीय मानवाधिकार
आयोग के अध्यक्ष और  देश के सभी
प्रदेशों के राज्यपालों को  प्रेषित
किया जाने बाला ज्ञापन निम्नानुसार
है :
Letter No. : TAHRIR/2014-15/150111-32
Date : 11-01-2015
To,
1)      The President of India,Rashtrapati Bhavan,New Delhi - 110 004
,Phone: 011 23015321
2)      The Chairman,National Human Rights Commission,ManavAdhikarBhawan,
Block-C, GPO Complex, INA,New Delhi – 110 023
3)      Governor of Andhra Pradesh , Raj Bhawan, Raj Bhawan Road,
Hyderabad,500041  governor@...

4)      Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Governor Secretariat
5)      Governor of Assam, Raj Bhawan, Kharguli,Guwahati,781004
6)      Governor of Bihar, Governor House, B. G. Camp,Patna,800022
governorbihar@...
7)      Governor of Chhattisgarh, Raj Bhawan,Raipur
8)      Governor of Goa, Raj Niwas, Dona Paula,404004 governor <at> rajbhavangoa.org
9)      Governor of Gujarat, Raj Bhavan ,Gandhinagar,382020
10)     Governor of Haryana, Haryana Raj Bhawan,Chandigarh
11)     Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Barnes Court, Raj Bhawan,Shimla,171002
12)     Governor of Jammu And Kashmir, Raj Bhawan Srinagar,Kashmir,180001
nnvohra@...
13)     Governor of Jharkhand, Raj Bhawan, Kanke Road,Ranchi
14)     Governor of Karnataka, Raj Bhavan,Banglore,560001
rajbhavan.karnataka@...
15)     Governor of Kerala,  keralagovernor@...
16)     Raj Bhawan,Thiruvaanantpuram,695099
17)     Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Raj Bhavan,Bhopal
18)     Governor of Maharashtra, Raj Bhawan, Malabar Hill Mumbai,400035
rajbhavan@...
19)     Governor of Manipur, Raj Bhawan Imphal,795001
20)     Governor of Meghalaya, Raj Bhawan,Shilong,793001
21)     Governor of Mizoram, Raj Bhawan, Aizawl,Aizawl,796001
22)     Governor of Odisha, Governor's House,Bhubanesewar govodisha@...
23)     Governor of Nagaland, Raj Bhawan,Kohima
24)     Governor of Punjab, Punjab Raj Bhawan/6, Chandigarh
25)     Governor of Rajasthan, Raj Bhawan, Civil Lines,Jaipur,302005
26)     Governor of Sikkim, Raj Bhawan,Gangtok,737103 governor-skm@...
27)     Governor of Tamil Nadu, Raj Bhawan,Chennai,600022
28)     Governor of Telangana, Raj Bhawan, Raj Bhawan Road,Hyderabad,500041
29)     Governor of Tripura, Raj Bhawan (Pushbanta Palace),Agartala,799066
30)     Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Raj Bhawan (Governor
House)Lucknow,226027 hgovup@...
31)     Governor of West Bengal, Raj Bhawan,Kolkata,700062
32)     Governor of Uttarakhand, Rajbhawan,Dehradun,248003
33)

        34)

Sir/Madam,
TAHRIR ( Transparency, Accountability & Human Rights initiative for
revolution ) is a Bareilly/Lucknow based Social Organization, working
at grass-root level by taking up & solving issues related to
strengthening transparency & accountability in public life and
protection of Human Rights in India.

We are now writing to express our grave concern over incidents of
misbehavior with RTI users at the hands of Information commissioners
in various information commissions of India. A RTI users is a Human
Right Defenders ( HRDs).In all the cases of violations of human rights
 of RTI users in the premises of Info-commissions, the information
commissioners are the Perpetrators. The Paris Principles are also not
followed in all matters relating to the CIC & SICs in the country when
they are actually  Human Rights Institutions [HRIs] also and need to
adhere by the Paris Principles.

We are shocked by recent arrest of RTI activist Siva Elango in
Tamilnadu. Activists across the country have their experiences of
inhumane behavior by info-commissioners. UPSIC has long been harassing
RTI applicants and we have no hesitation to say that the
info-commissioners, who were perceived as the custodian of RTI act
have now started strangling the RTI Act. Like many other
info-commissions, UPSIC  too has neglected the basic right of
activists to sit during a hearing. Previously IC Arvind Singh Bisht
sent Senior Citizen RTI activist Ashok Kumar Goyal to jail and very
recently same IC misbehaved with another Senior Citizen RTI activist
named Mahendra Agarwal. Activists in Uttar Pradesh are now scared to
appear in appeal proceedings in commissions as they may lodge cases
against them.

We feel that today the only jobs these commissions are performing are
to reject RTI applications and demoralize RTI applicants by harassing
them as the commissions allow government officials to sit during the
hearings, but they insist RTI applicants to stand till the proceedings
ends to demoralize them. The commissions are going easy on public
information officers (PIOs) who delay and deny information. Though the
 commissions should impose a penalty of up to Rs 25,000 on a PIO for
failing to furnish information within 30 days and for deliberately
providing incorrect, incomplete and misleading information but they
are seldom doing it.No words can be strong enough to deprecate the
practice of making the parties to the proceedings stand like beggars,
especially when In Namit Sharma Case, the Apex Court has ruled that
Information Commissions are NOT judicial or quasi-judicial bodies.
There is lack of understanding of RTI Act by Info-commissions. Though
Sec 18 [3] gives Info-commissioners the status equal to a District
Judge who could exercise powers under Code of Civil Procedure 1908
[Order XVI] [Summoning & Attendance of Witnesses] but
info-commissioners had only power of a District Judge but they are not
a “Judge”.  So they have to exercise their authority / power through
authorities [Administration/Police]. Job of Information Commissioners
is only to ensure the petitioners get Information within time-frame
and nothing else.

We, therefore urge you to immediately take necessary steps to ensure that :
All judicial, quasi-judicial bodies and all commissions in the country
should offer a chair during proceedings.

i.      All pending complaints of misbehavior/ misconduct and abuse of
authority against Information Commissioners be disposed-off on merits
within 3 months and all Info-commissioner, proved guilty be
immediately  dismissed.
ii.     All the appointments at info-commissions across the country be
made in a transparent manner while ensuring that persons of real
eminence, intact integrity and of Humane mindset are sent there for
working.
iii.    All  cases of  harassment of RTI users, reported till now, be
probed immediately  thorough transparent, effective and impartial
investigation.
iv.     Rights of RTI activists  who are also human rights defenders be
upheld including their right to associate, assembly, peacefully
protest, criticize and free expression – all of which have generally
been denied in all the cases reported so far.
v.      Before registering the cases of  the allegations against RTI users,
motive between the RTI user & the Information Commission and record of
pending applications of RTI user at info-commission  be first taken
into account.
vi.     All annual reports of the Info-commissions are made ready and
produced before the Parliament/ State Legislatures.
vii.    Training on provisions of  RTI act be mandatorily provided by
DoPT GOI New Delhi & State governments to all info-commissioners
before their taking the charge.
viii.   NHRC & SHRCs are made to mandatorily undertake a special
training sessions for all Chairpersons and Members of all the CIC &
State Information Commissions.
ix.     That the Judicial Academies be made to undertake a special
training on the rights of human rights defenders to all members of the
police & judiciary and to ensure that all police officers & judicial
officers are made to adhere strictly the law of arrest and judicial
remand as directed by the Criminal Procedure Code and the judgements
of the Hon’ble SC.
x.      Local district officials puts an end to all acts of harassment
against all RTI Activists and all human rights defenders in general to
ensure that in all circumstances they carry out their activities
without any hindrances.
xi.     Conform with the provisions of the UN Declaration on Human Rights
Defenders, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on
December 9, 1998, especially Article 1, which states that “everyone
has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote
and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights and
fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels”,Article
12.2, which provides that “"the State shall take all necessary
measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of
everyone, individually and in association with others, against any
violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse
discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a
consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred
to in the present Declaration” and More generally, ensure in all
circumstances the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in
accordance with in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights and with international human rights instruments ratified by
India is strictly adhered to in India .

Looking forward to your immediate action in this regard,

Sincerely yours,

Sanjay Sharma سنجے شرما संजय शर्मा
( Founder & Chairman)
Transparency, Accountability & Human Rights Initiative for Revolution
( TAHRIR )
101,Narain Tower,F Block, Rajajipuram
                                Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh-226017
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/sanjay.sharma.tahrir
Website :http://tahririndia.blogspot.in/
E-mail : tahririndia@...
Twitter Handle :  <at> tahririndia
Mobile : 9369613513

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'कुर्सी' के लिए’ 'कुर्सी' के साथ’ लखनऊ में धरना देंगे आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता l

Lucknow: Coming Sunday RTI activists shall stage a demonstration near the Uttar Pradesh State
Information Commission (UPSIC) in Lucknow to protest against the arrest of RTI activist Siva Elango in
Tamilnadu. Activists shall raise a demand that all judicial and quasi-judicial bodies in the country
should offer a chair during proceedings. Members of various Social Organizations of Uttar Pradesh shall
also participate  in the protest against the inhumane act of arrest of Elango.

RTI activist Elango was arrested for taking a seat during a hearing before a two member bench of chief
information commissioner K S Sripathi and commissioner S F Akbar of Tamil Nadu State Information
Commission. 

UPSIC has also been harassing RTI applicants and they are killing the RTI Act. UPSIC too, has even neglected
the basic right of activists to sit during a hearing. Previously IC Arvind Singh Bisht sent Senior Citizen
RTI activist Ashok Kumar Goyal to jail and.....................................

For more details pls. click 
http://tahririndia.blogspot.in/2015/01/l_10.html 

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RTI activists up in arms ‘With Chairs’ ‘ For a CHAIR’.

Lucknow: Coming Sunday RTI activists shall stage a demonstration near the Uttar Pradesh State
Information Commission (UPSIC) in Lucknow to protest against the arrest of RTI activist Siva Elango in
Tamilnadu. Activists shall raise a demand that all judicial and quasi-judicial bodies in the country
should offer a chair during proceedings. Members of various Social Organizations of Uttar Pradesh shall
also participate  in the protest against the inhumane act of arrest of Elango.

RTI activist Elango was arrested for taking a seat during a hearing before a two member bench of chief
information commissioner K S Sripathi and commissioner S F Akbar of Tamil Nadu State Information
Commission. 

UPSIC has also been harassing RTI applicants and they are killing the RTI Act. UPSIC too, has even neglected
the basic right of activists to sit during a hearing. Previously IC Arvind Singh Bisht sent Senior Citizen
RTI activist Ashok Kumar Goyal to jail and...................................................

For details pls. click the link below
http://tahririndia.blogspot.in/2015/01/rti-activists-up-in-arms-with-chairs.html

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