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Lucknow based NGO TAHRIR welcomes Allahabad high court’s verdict on Surinder Koli's death sentence commuted to life imprisonment. [1 Attachment]

<*>[Attachment(s) from urvashi sharma included below]

As a growing frontline defender organization for protection of Human Rights in India, ‘TAHRIR’(
Transparency, Accountability & Human Rights’ Initiative for Revolution )  welcomes Allahabad high
court’s verdict on Surinder Koli's death sentence commuted to life imprisonment.

‘TAHRIR’  believes that the death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the
premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state. This cruel, inhuman and degrading
punishment is done in the name of justice. It violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights. TAHRIR opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless
of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender, or the method used by the state to kill the
prisoner.We, at TAHRIR believe that there have been and always will be cases of executions of innocent
people. No matter how developed a justice system is, it will always remain susceptible to human failure.
Unlike prison sentences, the death penalty is irreversible and irreparable. We believe that the
arbitrary application of the death penalty can never be ruled out. The death penalty is often used in a
disproportional manner against the poor,
 minorities and members of racial, ethnic, political and religious groups. 
The death penalty is incompatible with human rights and human dignity. The death penalty violates the
right to life which happens to be the most basic of all human rights. It also violates the right not to be
subjected to torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment. Furthermore, the
death penalty undermines human dignity which is inherent to every human being. The death penalty does not
deter crime effectively. The death penalty lacks the deterrent effect which is commonly referred to by
its advocates. As recently stated by the General Assembly of the United Nations, “there is no
conclusive evidence of the deterrent value of the death penalty” (UNGA Resolution 65/206). It is
noteworthy that in many retentionist states, the effectiveness of the death penalty in order to prevent
crime is being seriously questioned by a continuously increasing number of law enforcement
professionals. Moreover, Public support for the death
 penalty does not necessarily mean that taking away the life of a human being by the state is right. There are
undisputed historical precedences where gross human rights violations had had the support of a majority
of the people, but which were condemned vigorously later on. It is the job of leading figures and
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यूपी - महज 'घोषणा-वीर' बनकर रह गए मुख्यमंत्री अखिलेश .

सरकारी छलावा मात्र है मुख्य सचिव की
अध्यक्षता में  हालिया गठित राज्य
इनोवेशन काउन्सिल : संजय शर्मा  

सूबे के किसी भी विभाग ने नहीं किया कोई
नव-प्रयोग . 

Read full story here:
http://tahririndia.blogspot.in/2015/01/blog-post_28.html

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UP Pollution Control Board unaware about Gomti cleaning : RTI

UP Pollution Control Board unaware about Gomti cleaning : RTI

News18 | Gulam Jeelani | Wed Jan 28, 2015 | 10:35 IST

http://www.news18.com/news/uttar-pradesh/up-pollution-control-board-unaware-about-gomti-cleaning-rti-678143.html

#Lucknow #Uttar Pradesh The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) is unaware about any steps
taken by the Centre or State to clean the river Gomti, an RTI query by a 13-year-old Lucknow girl has revealed.

Worse still, the pollution watchdog body doesn’t even have any information about the laws to keep a tab on
people polluting the river, the reply added.

In reply to a the queries regarding expenses (by Centre or State) on Gomti river cleaning, in a Right to
Information (RTI) application by Aishwarya Parashar, 13, the UPPCB said that it had no knowledge about
the money spent. Instead it asked the young activist to get the details from the state’s department of
urban development.

“Every one is talking about cleaning the river. But they don’t event know how much they have done so
far,” said Aishwarya, who shot to fame a few years ago after her RTI plea forced authorities to remove
garbage outside her school in the state capital. Surprisingly, the UPPCB officials also said that they
did not have any information about any laws or directives to stop people from dumping garbage (mostly
after prayers) in the river.

The apathy doesn’t stop here. The board took one year and three months to come up with the reply to the RTI
plea while the RTI Act mandates the reply should come within 30 days. The plea was filed by Aishwarya is
October 2013.

Notably, the government had, of late, taken many initiatives for cleaning Gomti. State chief secretary,
Alok Ranjan had directed diversion of all nullahs to sewage treatment plant and ban on discharge of
effluents directly into the river.
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Nobody littered in UP in five years, reveals RTI query

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/454303/nobody-littered-up-five-years.html

Nobody littered in UP in five years, reveals RTI query

Lucknow, Jan 19, 2015, DHNS:

Not a single case of “littering” at public places has been reported in Uttar Pradesh in the past five
years!. 

It is another matter though that one may come across heaps of garbage at public parks, roadsides and even
inside the buildings that house government offices in the state capital as well as in the districts.

A Right To Information (RTI) query filed by a social activist here has revealed that no one has been fined in
the state for “littering” and “smoking” at public places in the past five years. 

The Directorate of Local bodies of Uttar Pradesh, in reply to the RTI query filed by Urvashi Sharma, said
that there was no “record” with the government about fines being imposed on people for littering and
smoking at public places. It replied in a similar way on the query pertaining to smoking at public places in
the state.

“It is really shocking that in spite of the fact that public places are being littered all across Uttar
Pradesh, the government has no records in this regard,” Sharma said while speaking to Deccan Herald
here on Sunday.

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Fw: Please sign & share TAHRIR's online petition for a high-level enquiry based on scientific and forensic evidences including CDR of Mobiles, brain-mapping etc. of accused & complainant while giving due consideration to the conspiracy angle in allegations of Rape & Molestation against Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS Amitabh Thakur & his Social Activist wife Nutan Thakur by a Ghaziabad based woman before the State Women Commission.


--- On Mon, 19/1/15, Sanjay Sharma <tahririndia@...> wrote:

> From: Sanjay Sharma <tahririndia@...>
> Subject: Please sign & share TAHRIR's online petition for a high-level enquiry based on scientific and
forensic evidences including CDR of Mobiles, brain-mapping etc. of accused & complainant while giving
due consideration to the conspiracy angle in allegations of Rape & Molestation against Uttar Pradesh
cadre IPS Amitabh Thakur & his Social Activist wife Nutan Thakur by a Ghaziabad based woman before the
State Women Commission.
> To: rtimahilamanchup@..., "rtimahilamanchup" <rtimahilamanchup <at> yahoo.co.in>
> Date: Monday, 19 January, 2015, 9:31 AM
> Please sign & share TAHRIR's
> online petition for a high-level enquiry
> based on scientific and forensic evidences including CDR of
> Mobiles,
> brain-mapping etc. of accused & complainant while giving
> due
> consideration to the conspiracy angle in allegations of Rape
> &
> Molestation against Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS Amitabh Thakur
> & his
> Social Activist wife Nutan Thakur by a Ghaziabad based woman
> before
> the State Women Commission.
> 
> https://www.change.org/p/the-governor-of-uttar-pradesh-uttar-pradesh-government-lucknow-chief-minister-of-uttar-pradesh-uttar-pradesh-government-lucknow-chief-secretary-of-uttar-pradesh-uttar-pradesh-governmen-a-high-level-enquiry-based-on-scientific-and-forensic-evidences-w
> 
> -- 
> Sanjay Sharma سنجے شرما संजय
> शर्मा
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A woman from Ghaziabad accuse RTI activist UP IPS Amitabh Thakur of Rape that too in his own house with the help of his RTI activist wife Nutan Thakur : Time RTI activists should consolidate n fight it back with full might [1 Attachment]

<*>[Attachment(s) from urvashi sharma included below]

Respected Friends,
A woman from Ghaziabad has accused RTI activist UP IPS Amitabh Thakur
of Rape and that too in his own house with the help of his RTI activist wife Nutan Thakur.

I came to know about this from today's edition of AVADHNAMA newspaper. Find clip at http://upcpri.blogspot.in/2015/01/a-woman-from-ghaziabad-accuse-rti.html

From newspaper feed and my telephonic conversation with Nutan Thakur
in this matter, I think the incidence is not true and I feel its time
for RTI activists to  consolidate n fight it back with full might. So be with us at this point of time n support
our demand of impartial probe.

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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Smile, that U R in UP; Litter,Smoke anywhere n rest assured U won’t be fined!

Find scanned copy of RTI papers by clicking the link below :
http://upcpri.blogspot.in/2015/01/smile-that-u-r-in-up-littersmoke.html

In UP, Be it Mayaraj or Akhileshraj, Not even a single case of fine for ‘littering’ or ‘smoking’ at
public places reported in last 5 years putting a big question Mark on Success of Modi’s ‘Swacch Bharat
Mission’ in UP!: It is as if Laws are made only to keep them buried deep in official shelves.  

Dear Friend,
Success of Narendra Modi's dream project 'Swach Bharat', proposed to be completed in the next five years
upto 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019, seems to be impossible in Uttar Pradesh, the largest
populated state of India.  .Yes I am saying this on the basis of a RTI reply from directorate of Local bodies
of UP which states that in UP not even a single person has been fined for littering the Public Places in any of
the districts of Uttar Pradesh in last 5 years. Its altogether a different thing that you n me might have
seen signboards with cautions of penalties for littering public places Though  cleanliness has direct
relationship with well-being, we all know the reality as to how these  public places are being littered all
across UP. 

Recently, Union Government has  moved an amendment for a more stringent anti-smoking law with radical
changes, including ban on sale of loose cigarettes, raising the minimum age of a person buying tobacco
products to 21 years from existing 18, raising of fine to Rs 1,000 from Rs 200 on smoking in public places,
increasing the maximum fine to Rs 1 lakh from the existing Rs 10,000 , Ban to employ, engage or use any person
who is under 18 years of age in cultivation, processing, sale of tobacco or tobacco products and removal of
designated smoking zones in hotels and restaurants .Yes, I am talking of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco
Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and
Distribution) (Amendment) Bill 2015, which were put out by the health ministry on to seek suggestions
from the public. But How far this new law shall be effective, can easily be gauged by a RTI reply from
directorate of Local bodies
 of UP which states that in UP not even a single person has been fined for smoking in Public Places in any of the
districts of Uttar Pradesh in last 5 years. 

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यूपी में हैं तो बेखौफ, वेफिक्र चाहें जहां गन्दगी करें या धूम्रपान; आपको दण्डित किये जाने का कोई चाँस नहीं !

Find scanned copy of RTI papers by clicking the link below :
http://upcpri.blogspot.in/2015/01/blog-post_17.html 

यूपी में मायाराज हो या अखिलेशराज, 
पिछले पांच सालों में सार्वजनिक
स्थलों पर 'गन्दगी करने' या 'धूम्रपान
करने' के लिए दण्डित किये जाने का कोई
भी मामला नहीं है दर्ज ! यूपी में
नरेंद्र मोदी के 'स्वच्छ भारत अभियान'
की सफलता की संभावनाओं पर 
प्रश्नचिन्ह् ! :  क्या क़ानून महज बनाने
और सरकारी अलमारियों  में दफ़न करने की
चीज मात्र हैं ? 

प्रिय मित्र,
यूपी  के स्थानीय निकाय  निदेशालय 
द्वारा मेरी एक आरटीआई के जबाब से
प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी के
स्वच्छ भारत अभियान  और केंद्र सरकार
के धूम्रपान निरोधक कानून में
संशोधन की कवायद के यूपी में सफल होने 
की संभावनाओं पर जबरदस्त जबरदस्त
प्रश्नचिन्ह्  लग रहा है l 

जब यूपी में सरकार ने पिछले पांच सालों
में सार्वजनिक स्थलों पर 'गन्दगी
करने' के लिए   दण्डित किये जाने का कोई
भी मामला दर्ज ही नहीं किया है  तो यूपी
में नरेंद्र मोदी के 'स्वच्छ भारत
अभियान' की सफलता की संभावना  भी नगण्य
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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

FYI 

--- 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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