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shailesh Gandhi wrote: about AMENDMENTS to RTI Act 2005

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 20, 2006

shailesh Gandhi <shailesh2@vsnl.com> wrote:

The Government appears to  be seriously contemplating making retrograde changes in the RTI Act, based on the Administrative Reforms Committee’s report and also using this opportunity to remove file notings from the ambit of the information avialable to Citizens.
We need to stop this. At the minimum if a law is made after a lot of consultation, everyone,- including the Government,- must learn to respect  and accept it.
Can all of us think of ways to register our opposition to any change in the law? -nay a way to ensure that the Government does not change the law.
Love
shailesh
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A PAUSE from Shailesh Gandhi

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 16, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: shailesh Gandhi <shailesh2@vsnl.com>
Date: 15-Jul-2006 22:53
Subject: A PAUSE

15 July, 2006 This evening our campaign took a pause as a beginning to a
bigger campaign of a large number of one-day campaigns across Mumbai. We are
hoping to have over 500 one-day camps organised by various groups and
individuals. So far we have commitments of over 350 camps, and some of the
groups are deliberating about the commitments they should make.
Two sitting judges of the Bombay High Court came to our campaign; – Justice
Palshikar and Justice Gokhale of the Bombay High Court. This really shows
their commitment to the cause.
Our pausing ceremony drew about 150 participants and it was a short ceremony
with a few songs and a street play. A surprise guest was Shri Urvinder Madan
-Chief Electoral Officer of the State.  As our pledge to continue the
Campaign as an ongoing excercise, we lit candles around the word RTI. It
really was a pretty sight and the volunteers and guests who came showed
great enthusiasm.  I think we are on the way to making RTI one of the key
agendas of Citizens in Mumbai..

We had 316 RTI applications today-our highest during the campaign.

Our total of RTI applications:
Until 14th             1906
15 July                   316
Total                    2222
We expect to have 15000 to 20000 applications in the next year.
Love
shailesh

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RTI does it for common man

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 15, 2006

RTI does it for common man

HT Correspondent
Gorakhpur, July 14

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_1744319,0015002500030003.htm

THE GOVERNMENT officers have started entertaining applications following the campaign for Right to Information Act.

Gul Mohammad Ansari,  resident of Chilmapur locality in Gorakhpur, was the first lucky man of the district to get reply of his query from Chief Medical Officer.

Gul Mohammad, who was an employee of Public Works Department, spent Rs 19,139 for operation of his mother’s leg.

He was waiting for the past one year for clearance of his medical bills by the department.

Talking to HT, Gul Mohammad said that within seven days CMO office had responded to his query. He sent a detailed report regarding medical expenses to PWD that has paved the way for clearance of his medical bills.

The campaign, ‘Drive against Bribe,’ was jointly launched by Purvanchal Gramin Sewa Samiti and People’s Forum. Around 500 applications were received during the past two weeks. On Friday, 37 people filed their applications to know the reasons for the delay in clearing GPF and other allowances, after their retirement from services in 1997.

One such query was filed by Ajay Paswan who has desired to know the status of his application to provide reservation to dalits in admission to research work.

He said that a delegation of dalit leaders handed over a memorandum to Minister for Human Resources who has asked UP Governor to take appropriate action.

Earlier, Sudhanshu Tripathi submitted his forms to publish the name of 10 big defaulters of Gorakhpur Development Authority. Similarly, Dhruv Dev Kushwaha registered complaints stating that miscreants have cut off 30 green trees on his land.

Jamal Ehsaan Khan filed an application against the education department and said his wife Nooru Saba Khan, a teacher in Ramdei Inter College, retired from services in 1999 but the department did not finalise the pension and GPF.

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Phones ring again, thanks to RTI – HT DRIVE AGAINST BRIBE

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 15, 2006

Phones ring again, thanks to RTI – HT DRIVE AGAINST BRIBE

 
 

HT Correspondent
Lucknow, July 14

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_1744594,0015002500000005.htm

A CONSUMER had been running from pillar to post to get his telephone connection restored. Then came the RTI Act.  He exercised the RTI Act to know what all had been done to repair his telephone. Instead of providing information, the Telephone Department sent its staff to repair the fault. All this happened because of the RTI Act.

Vishnu Gupta’s telephone was out of order for the past three months. The Telephone Department staff even asked for ‘kharcha paani’ to get the phone ringing again. Gupta was not ready to pay the bribe and continued to write to the department asking it to do the needful. Then he learnt about the ongoing RTI camp being run at Ambedkar Mahasabha in association with the Hindustan Times. Gupta approached the camp. Here the volunteers told Gupta about the RTI Act and how to use it. They helped him to fill the application form to seek information under RTI.

In the form, he gave reference of his previous applications and sought information under RTI. He sought the information as to who all are responsible and accountable in the department for his phone connection. He also sought to know the time by when the department will repair the fault. Within a week of RTI application, the department staff visited Gupta home and the phone is ringing.

Despite these success stories, there are many others who came back to the camp to tell that some departments were not accepting RTI applications easily.
Md Khalid Fahim complained that for past one and half year he had been trying to get his passport done. Finally, applied under RTI to know the status of his passport. He was made to run from one desk to another to get his application accepted. Officers kept passing the buck, but the form was accepted. There were several others who said that the Lucknow Municipal Corporation, the Education Department and even the SSP office were reluctant to accept application under RTIA.

CIC reprimands secy on temple issue

CHIEF INFORMATION commissioner MA Khan reprimanded principal secretary (Religious Issues) PL Loi and divisional commissioner Varanasi VV Singh Vishwen in the Shatrudra Prakash vs Divisional Commissioner Varanasi case on Friday. He reserved the decision in the case till Monday.

The case is related to the appointment of divisional commissioner of Varanasi as president of  the Kashi Vishwanath temple trust.

Khan was also annoyed at the absence of the municipal commissioner of Varanasi during the hearing in connection with the Tarkeshwar temple. He served a show-cause notice on the municipal commissioner asking him why a warrant should not be issued to ensure his presence during the next  hearing that will take place on August 10.

Leader of the Samajwadi Party Shatrudra Prakash was present during the hearing of the case. Khan said that according to Kashi Vishwanath Temple laws, a Hindu, who is not a government servant, should be the president of the temple Nyas. Then how was the divisional commissioner appointed president of the Nyas? he asked.

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Mumbai- 14th July – Shailesh Gandhi – Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey attended campaign.

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 14, 2006

Tomorrow evening our campaign pauses as a beginning to a bigger campaign of a large number of one-day campaigns across Mumbai. We are hoping to have over 500 camps organised by various groups and individuals. Various diverse groups are making their commitments after some deliberations.
Our pausing ceremony will be from 6.30pm to 7.00pm and we are requesting Citizens to come in large numbers and support this Antibribery campaign using RTI. Apart from a street play on RTI and a few songs, all present will light a candle and we shall make a R T I with candles. Should be a pretty and inspiring sight for everyone to spur us to the longer campaign ahead of putting RTI into the bloodstream
of Mumbai.
We did 212 RTI applications today.
Our total of RTI applications:
earlier                  1694
13 July                   212
Total                     1906
We are sure to cross 2000 tomorrow.
The volunteers were thrilled to have Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey visiting the campaign. Both of them interacted with  the volunteers, and told them about the early history of the RTI struggle. For the first time, they made us Mumbaikars sing songs and raise slogans. This was certainly the high point for everyone. Shri Nana Chudasama, former sherrif of Mumbai and head of Giant’s international also visited and supported the campaign. Shri Suresh Kumar,- Maharashtra Upalokayukta came to show solidarity with the Citizens. Shri Dara Gandhy and Shri Kekoo Gandhy of PCGT had come and so also the vetaran Gandhian and mover of the Sarvodaya movement in Mumbai Shri Somaiyaji.
Love
shailesh
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Mumbai report ; Shailesh Gandhi

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 14, 2006

In the morning of July 12, the trains were running but the number of passengers were perhaps about 50% of the usual.

At the campaign site there were just three of us at 11.00am instead of the usual fifteen-twenty. However, we decided to keep the campaign running as our way of saying terrorists cannot stop us.

By  about 12.00, however there were around 20 volunteers and RTI applicatnts had also started coming. We sent a team of volunteers to Azad Maidan as an outreach program.  By evening 61 applications had been filed at Azadmaidan and 82 at the Govt. Law College site.

Also, we have already obtained commitments of over 300 one-day camps of a similar nature to be held at diffrent locations across Mumbai in the next one year.

Our total of RTI applications:
earlier                  1279
11 July                  143
Total                     1434
Love
shailesh
Total                   1279
shailesh

Our total of RTI applications:
earlier                  1007
Today, 10 July       272
Total                   1279
shailesh
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Mumbai crosses 1000 RTI applications :: Shailesh Gandhi

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 11, 2006

Our total of RTI applications:
earlier                  747
Today, 10 July      260
Total                   1007
Total vistors to the Campaign would be around 2000.
Amongst the important vistors today were Shivaji Raut and Dr.Pradnya Sarvade-Add.Commissioner of Police-ACB.
We are planning to send a team to Azadmaidan on 12th afternoon to get RTI applications filed by NAPM members.
A large number of organisations and individuals are expressing a desire to hold such camps in their areas.
We have decided to ask organisations and individuals to commit to one-day camps during the period
1 August 2006 to 31 July 2007. We are going to put these commitments at the Campaign site from 12th,
and see a possibilty of reaching a figure of 500 one day camps during this period.
If we can get an average of 30 RTI applications per camp, we could get 15000 applications filed in different locations and
start a bushfire, which would put RTI on the agenda of Mumbai. Presently it is nice to dream of this, and I am sure various organisations, including those who might not have participated will join in this mission to put RTI at bthe forefront of Citizen empowerment.
Love
shailesh
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Volunteers educate villagers on using RTI

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 10, 2006

Volunteers educate villagers on using RTI

Sidharth Pandey

http://www.ndtv.com/template/template.asp?template=RTI&slug=

Volunteers+educate+villagers+on+using+RTI&id=90022&callid=1&category=National

Monday, July 10, 2006 (New Delhi):

Over 16,000 Indians have pledged never to pay a bribe again as the national anti-bribery campaign enters its eighth day.

Thousands more have successfully used the RTI or the Right to Information Law to get their due without having to pay a bribe.

“In my village there is a government scheme under which poor people get grains at very low cost,” said one participant.

“I noticed that this scheme was being misused by some influential people in the village,” added another.

Yet another person who took part in the anti-bribe campaign filed an RTI against these people at the BDO and he got all the related information within eight days.

“According to the information, I found out that these people were indeed misusing the government scheme for their benefit. It has been my endeavour to educate villagers about the RTI Act,” said an RTI volunteer.

“I have told them that RTI is a tool that empowers and helps us in the fight against bribery,” he added.

Application procedure

To file an RTI application, there is no pre-designed form for Central government department, while state government have their own format.

On any white sheet of paper, address the letter to the Public Information Officer of the government department that you want information from.

State the information that you want. You do not have to give a reason for wanting the information.

Different states have their own prescribed fees. For Central Government Departments, the application fee is Rs 10. Different states have their own prescribed fees.

You can also post the application. It is incumbent upon the department to reply within 30 days.

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No RTI please…, just take your passport., No RTI please…, just take your passport.

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 10, 2006

---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: vishnu rajgadia <vrajgadia@yahoo.co.uk>

Date: 07-Jul-2006 19:17

Subject: [antibriberycampaign] No RTI please…, just take your 
passport., No
RTI please…, just take your passport.

To: ANTI BRIBE <antibriberycampaign@yahoogroups.com>

No RTI please…, just take your passport.

Sugandh Kumar after completing JP Rating Training in Merchant Navy 
needed a
passport for going abroad and to avail the scholarship. He applied for
passport on
12th January 2006 but till 06.07.2006 he did not get his passport. He
approached us at the Anti Bribe Camp and after learning to file 
application
under RTI went with one of the volunteer of our camp to the Passport 
Office.
His application was not accepted. The
authorities said there was no need of the RTI application; he can 
obtain his
passport that was ready. Similar was the case with two other applicants 
for
passport Ram Sunder Choubey, Gantantra Kumar Singh while another 
applicant
Yash Lohia was assured for
immediate action.
,
No RTI please…, just take your passport.

Sugandh Kumar after completing JP Rating Training in Merchant Navy 
needed a
passport for going abroad and to avail the scholarship. He applied for
passport on
12th January 2006 but till 06.07.2006 he did not get his passport. He
approached us at the Anti Bribe Camp and after learning to file 
application
under RTI went with one of the volunteer of our camp to the Passport 
Office.
His application was not accepted. The
authorities said there was no need of the RTI application; he can 
obtain his
passport that was ready. Similar was the case with two other applicants 
for
passport Ram Sunder Choubey, Gantantra Kumar Singh while another 
applicant
Yash Lohia was assured for
immediate action.

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Drive Against Bribes / Ghoos Ko Ghoosa PRESS RELEASE – Day 9

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 9, 2006

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: bibhav kumar <kumarbibhav@yahoo.co.in>
Date: 09-Jul-2006 18:06
Subject: [antibriberycampaign] PRESS RELEASE Day 9
To: antibriberycampaign@yahoogroups.com

Drive Against Bribes / Ghoos Ko Ghoosa PRESS RELEASE Day 9

9th* *July 2006

As the Drive Against Bribes / Ghoos Ko Ghoosa campaign goes past the 
halfway point and we're getting closer to the end of the campaign, 
requests and volunteers for new RTI camps/centerss are coming up as people 
want to get associated with this campaign and be a part of civil society 
using RTI to set our house in order. In Uttar Pradesh 7 new cities have 
been added to the list of RTI camps and these will be operational from 
tomorrow - Varanasi, Sultanpur, Chandaoli, Unnaw, Sitapur, Devaria, 
Murradabad.

Also a gentleman named Mr.  Sameer Chaudhary has offered to organize a 
similar camp in Andaman Nicobar islands. This is extrmemly encouraging 
and a sign that there are people in the c ountry who want to put things 
right and this campaign has given them an opportunity to come together 
to raise their voice.

Although it was Sunday and some camps remained closed the turnout at 
the rest was not dampened, although Delhi saw heavy rains and thus not 
many people ventured to the camp.

Lumding, an inspiration to us all continued its march asking for 
accountability from the govt. by filing 100 RTI applications today. This 
little town has been remarkable in spreading the RTI message.

Ranchi too saw an impressive turnout with 200 vistors coming to the RTI 
camp and 90 RTI applications were filed.

Our friends in Chhindwara had a special initiative where a public 
meeting was held at the bazaar chowk, which was attended by 400 people. 116 
RTI applications were filed here.

The camp in Akola has been very active in filing RTI applications from 
people from rural areas of Maharshtra. From farmers to harassed 
villagers. Today another remarkable RTI was filed - In a village called 
*Botakaji* 250 houses were damaged by a massive hailstorm. Maharashtra 
government announced a compensation package. Majority of the dwellers did not 
receive the package benefits. Today 25 people visited the Akola RTI 
assistance center and filed an RTI on the same. This we hope will expose 
the black hole that funds from several such govt. schemes sink into 
never to be seen again.

Ahmeddabad where 32 RTI applications were filed today demonstrated 
another case of the govt. authorities not following the law in letter and 
spirit where an applicant was slapped with a ridiculous bill to get 
information - An individual filed an RTI durting the campaign, last week. 
The public authority in reply asked him to deposit Rs. 4 lakhs 74,000 as 
additional fee charges for photocopy. The applicant has filed 3 
subsequent application under Right to Information seeking to inspect the 
files, the break of the total cost of photocopy and the information be 
provided in electronic format in a CD.

A total number of 636 RTI applications were filed at various camps 
around the country and over two thousand phone calls and visitors which 
will surely translate to some more RTI applications seeking answers from 
those who govern us. Welcome aboard all new volunteers and camps, best 
of luck….. 6 days to go.

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