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Application under Right to Information Act, 2005 [for RTI activists reference]

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 15, 2006

—– Original Message —–
From: Malik, Veeresh
To: kdayani@hub.nic.in
Cc: contactus@punecantonmentboard.com ; dscoord-rth@nic.in
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 12:52 PM
Subject: Application under Right to Information Act, 2005

From: Veeresh Malik, D-61, Defence Colony, New Delhi – 110024 / dtd 14th August’06
To: The CPIO, Mr. K. Dayani or alternate incumbent, Prime Minister’s Office, South Block, New Delhi 11oo11.

subj: Application under Right to Information Act, 2005

Jai Hind!!

I wish to specify that you may please not provide to me that information (or particular portion thereof) which would impede the prosecution of offenders under any law of India, and also any personal information which is unconnected with any public activity/interest or which invades the privacy of any person. THIS INFORMATION IS SOUGHT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR. This information is sought under the RTI Act’05, and as the applicant I would retain the right to inspect or ask for certified copies of the relevant documents/records/informations.

Preamble:- The Cantonment Boards, as per the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution of India, “have always remained a puzzle”. You can therefore appreciate the position of the ordinary citizen of India in trying to assign transparency and accountability with the Cantonment Boards. Cantonments remain a subject under the Union List, with accountability to Parliament.

The Cantonments Act 1924, as you will be aware, has its genesis in the need for an alien army to co-exist with a ruled civilian population. I do not wish to go into this further for the purposes of this application, except to state that despite my best efforts, I have been singularly unable to find the  responsible public authority/authorities who will provide me with the following information, which pertains to the Pune Cantonment Board but can by definition be applicable to all Cantonments in India, too.

Which is why, within the ambit of the RTI Act’05, I choose to approach the PIO of the Office of the Prime Minister of India, since I am unable to figure out which Public Authorities are responsible, and request most humbly that as a citizen of India who is no longer a member of a “ruled civilian population”, I be provided by the PIO of the PMO the following informations:-

1) Please provide me with information on the Laws of India under which legally registered motor vehicles operating in India under the MVA and CMVR of the Govt. of India, which have already paid Central and State road taxes, while passing through roads which lie within Cantonments, are impeded from free passage and made to pay additional “Vehicle Entry Tax” or “VET”. Please note – this query applies to roads which are open to general  traffic, within Cantonments,  and not shut for security or any other reasons. It is essential to notehere that as per the Cantonments Act 1924, any taxes levied by Cantonment Boards need the prior sanction of the Central Government.

2) Please provide me with information on how and why the motor vehicle under my charge while driving through Pune was made to pay Rs 165/- as VET under duress by the Cantonment Executive Officer, Pune, on 13th of August, 2006 vide VET receipt No. 3816 signed by Shri Dinesh Pawar, Cantonment Executive Officer, Pune with their reference Letter No. 1/2/TAX/VET/2006-2007 dated 21st of April, 2006. (Copy enclosed for your ready reference)

3) Please provide me with information on the system of cash flow of the funds collected in this manner under “VET” by the Pune Cantonment Board, and the break-up on how much of these funds for the FY 2004-2005 and 2005-2006, collected as VET in the name of the Pune Cantonment Board, actually reach Government coffers.

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely,

Veeresh Malik,
D-61, Defence Colony,
New Delhi – 110024

Note 1 to CPIO, PMO:-Application fee of Rs. 10/- in cash shall be submitted within 30 days as per procedure laid down by DoP&T at any one of the nominated APIOs located at the specified Post Offices in India, and a copy of this application along with receipt shall be sent to you co-terminus. Interim, you are requested to commence processing this RTI Application as per the RTI Act-2005 with effect from date of submission of this electronic copy, by eMail, also as per the RTI Act-2005.

cc: For advance information to Dept. of Road Transport & Highways/New Delhi and Pune Cantonment Board.

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Central Information Commissioner’s please do not MISLEAD the PUBLIC and PRESS. Especially signalling wrong messages to babus !!

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 7, 2006

Central Information Commissioner’s INFORMATION in articles about

 RTI Act are MISLEADING the PUBLIC and PRESS ?

WHY  CIC’s are  doing this ?

IS THIS RTI Act DERAILING by Information Commissioner’s ? 

IT’S OUR RIGHT. An inalienable right has been conferred on citizens.

`Right to Information Act will empower common people’

The legislative intent is clear; we are entitled to know how our money is spent.

The onus is on us to make the Act work.

In effect, therefore, the right conferred on the citizen is an exhaustive one.

It allows him to assess and examine every government decision,

to study the reasons recorded by the government for taking a

 particular step,

and

to utilise information so gathered to ensure that

 government acts in a transparent and just

 manner.

Indeed,

the preamble to the Act puts it well when it says, “democracy requires an

informed citizenry and transparency of information”

and adds these

“are vital to its functioning and also to contain corruption and to

 hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the

 governed”.

Central panel cautions against misuse of RTI Act :: PUBLIC ACCESS TO GOVT INFORMATION

http://right2information.wordpress.com/2006/07/06/central-panel-cautions-against-misuse-of-rti-act-public-access-to-govt-information/

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Strategies for RTI Applications . . .

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 30, 2006

Strategies for RTI Applications . . .”Malik, Veeresh” veereshmalik@gmail.com 

Friends:-

a) If a Public Authority makes submitting and receiving an RTI Application difficult for you, or if the experience impacts your self-respect, then submit it by the “via APIO _______ Post Office” method STRAIGHT to the CPIO of the President of India, PMO or Governor of that State right away, adding a line that the relevant Public Authority was not co-operating and so you are forced to go to the added effort of submitting it to the CPIO of the President/PMO/Governor, under the RTI Act. I have done this ample number of times, it is perfectly legitimate, and gets the message across very well to all concerned. By rights, the submission of an RTI Application should be as simple as buying a Railway ticket. Till then, if we have to utilise the help of the Super PIOs at President/PMO or Governor, then so be it.

b) If a Public Authority tries to draw you into personal meetings or telephone conversations, then please request them to set up a specific agenda before-hand, and stick to it. Ideally, such meetings should be avoided, but if you have to meet them, then let it be at neutral locations, sitting in a public park or on a railway platform is a valid proposition. The written word is all that has value, and truth is in numbers; much of the rest is hot air.

c) If a Public Authority tells you by whatsoever means that such-and-such activity is not their responsibility, then politely tell them that the activity is not the issue, the information pertaining to the activity is the real issue. Again, to draw an example of the Railways, if the Chairman Railway Board says that something pertaining to Indian Railways in North East Frontier Railway or in Katra (where they have an Out-Office) is not his responsibility, then response should be that the information is all you seek, and if Chairman Railway Board can not get information about NEF Railway or Out-Office/Katra, then he should either seek retirement, or fire his staff.

No Public Authority will ever admit that information for something in his domain can not be made available. Their internal power lies in messing around with this very information. For example, Ministry of Road Transport can say that they have nothing to do with State Highways or Private projects, fair enough, then why were they running around when the Prime Minister went to inaugurate Highways in Karnataka? Or Ministry of Health & Family Welfare may say that they have nothing to do with a Primary Health Centre in rural Orissa, then why did their Minister or Officials go abroad to attend conferences on the subject? Get the drift?

d) If a Public Authority tells you that such-and-such information, especially those pertaining to break-up of funds spent/collected, are “classified” or “not available”, then please wave a copy of a Railway Time-Table and fare-chart at them, and ask them to do a logical comparision. It usually stuns most Public Authorities who are used to even keeping the price of a bus ticket or what a bottle of water costs, as a confidential document.

e) Courtesy CN Kumar of Bangalore, the strategy of filing a simple complaint, and then waiting for 2-3 months when the reply does not come, and THEN filing an RTI Application, is excellent. You get the action AND you get the information, for the same 10/- rupees.

f) And finally, CIC Wajahat Habibullah is publicly stating that the largest number of RTI Applications they get seem to be for departmental queries on promotions and other similar issues. It is up to us to file more public interest RTI applications, of the sort that General Jatar has done from Pune on motor vehicle utilisation, or the sort that Shailesh Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal file on their issues. And various others. And when any of us run into problems with specific CPIOs, like Arvind did with CPIO/AIIMSc, then the rest of us should file a few RTI Applications on that CPIO. Like I did with the CPIO/Indian Oil, when he “rejected and returned” an RTI Application to an applicant from semi-rural Ghaziabad.

g) I tend to use the Indian Railways example a lot, because they do have some of the best cash-management and fiscal audit systems in the world now, truly speaking I know from my work life that their cash management and internal audits are now setting world benchmarks, that the biggest and best corporations and Governments worldwide are looking at them with respect for this and other wonderful things, and that they are also the same Government of India. Sure, leakages are there everywhere, but anybody aware of the subject can see up front how Indian Railways are tightening up things for overall benefit of stakeholders over the last few years.

And at the end of the day, the main purpose of the RTI Act is to try and evince public participation in trying to block theft of public money. Both at input and output stage. Wave a Railway Time-Table at somebody trying to refuse you information, and see the logic emerge in most cases.

I say again -  as an Indian in India out of choice, and with a background in the logistics as well as infotech industry, I get a very good and proud feeling when my foreign clients and contemporaries take the example of Indian Railways and Mumbai dabba-wallahs for basic efficiencies.

For example, I have been taking the NHAI, DoRT&H and others in multiple RTI Applications just to find out more about this business of tolls and other fees collected all over the country by contractors. Likewise, I am pursuing the Civil Aviation Ministry and various Authorities under it for the freebies thrown at so-called VIPs. The loss to the Nation with the current method of collecting tolls or providing freebies by AAI is best compared to if the Indian Railways gave a favoured contractor a train route for free and then gave the contractor the rights to collect whatever they wanted for a passenger or goods train as well as keep whatever they could earn by way of advertisements – property development – etcetc . . .  without any due process on remitting the collections back to the Government of India.

Thank you for reading this.

Veeresh Malik

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draft_application.doc

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 12, 2006

draft_application.doc

Dated:

To

The PIO,

__________________________,

__________________________.

Sub: Application under Right to Information Act 2005

I had made an application/return/petition/grievance for the following reason (copy of application is attached) but no satisfactory action has been taken on my application so far.

Please provide the following information with respect to the same:

  1. Please indicate the daily progress made on my application/return/petition/grievance so far. i.e. when did my application/return/petition/grievance reach which officer, for how long did it stay with that officer and what did he/she do during that period?
  2. Please give the names and designations of the officials who were supposed to take action on my application/return/petition/grievance and who have not done so?
  3. What action would be taken against these officials for not doing their work and for causing harassment to the public? By when would that action be taken?
  4. By when would my work be done now?
  5. Please give me a list of all the applications/returns/petitions/grievances received, after my application/return/petition/grievance was received. The list should contain the following information:
    • Name of applicant/taxpayer/petitioner/aggrieved person
    • Receipt no
    • Date of application/return/petition/grievance
    • Date of disposal
  6. Please give copy or print out of those portions of records, which contains details of receipt of the above applications/returns/petitions/grievances
  7. Please give reasons for out of turn disposal of the applications/ returns/ petitions/ grievances, if any, which were received after me.
  8. By when would vigilance enquiries be initiated in the above matter of out of turn disposal of applications/returns/petitions/grievances, if any?

I am separately depositing Rs 10 as application fee.

Yours sincerely,

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RTI application of Nannu – Application under Right to Information Act 2005

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 12, 2006

RTI application of Nannu

To

The PIO,

Food & Supplies Department,

K Block, Vikas Bhavan,

I P Estate, New Delhi – 1

Sub: Application under Right to Information Act 2005

Dear Sir,

Please provide the following information under Right to Information Act 2005. Since I am a person living below poverty line (copy of my earlier ration card attached as a proof that I belong to BPL category), I am not depositing application fee:

1.       I filed an application for a duplicate ration card on 27th January 2004. Please tell me the daily progress made on my application so far. i.e. when did my application reach which officer, for how long did it stay with that officer and what did he/she do during that period?

2.       According to the rules, my card should have been made in 10 days. However, it is more than three months now. Please give the names and designations of the officials who were supposed to take action on my application and who have not done so?

3.       What action would be taken against these officials for not doing their work and for causing harassment to the public? By when would that action be taken?

4.       By when would I get my card now?

Yours sincerely,

(Nannu)

E Block, Welcome Colony,

Seelampur, Delhi-93

RTI application of Mr Sharma

To

The PIO,

Regional Passport Office,

Bhikaji Cama Place,

New Delhi

Sub: Application under Right to Information Act 2005

Dear Sir,

Please provide the following information under Right to Information Act 2005:

1.       I made an application for issue of a new passport (copy attached). Please tell me the daily progress made on my application so far. i.e. when did my application reach which officer, for how long did it stay with that officer and what did he/she do during that period?

2.       According to the rules, my passport should have been made in 45 days. However, it is more than six months now. Please give the names and designations of the officials who were supposed to take action on my application and who have not done so?

3.       What action would be taken against these officials for not doing their work and for causing harassment to the public? By when would that action be taken?

4.       By when would I get my passport now?

I am separately depositing Rs 10 as application fee.

Yours sincerely,

(S Sharma)

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