Posted by rtiact2005 on July 15, 2006
Court directs to implement Right to Information Act in Bihar
Patna | July 14, 2006 11:39:25 AM IST
The Patna High Court today directed the Bihar government to implement the right to Information Act immediately in the interest of the people of the state.
While hearing a PIL filed by the Bihar Pradesh Congress Comittee Chief Spokesperson Prem Chandra Mishra, a division bench of the court comprising Chief Justice J.N.Bhatt and Justice Shivkriti Singh asked the state government to implement the Act in Bihar at the earliest as it had already been enforced in other states.
Advocate General P K Shahi informed the court that the state government had convened a meeting on July 21 in this connection.
The next date of hearing in the case had been fixed on August 10.
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Posted by rtiact2005 on July 8, 2006
vishnu rajgadia <email@example.com> wrote: To,
Mr. Wajahat Habibullah
Central Chief Information Commission
In Bihar, the citizens are being humiliated for filing
their RTI application.
Dharmendra Raman a young chap has completed Merchant
navy course and is requiring passport. He would lose
his sponsorship if he were denied passport at the
earliest. Even after 14 months, his application is
still lying in the passport office at the mercy of
the Officials. On 5th July 2006, he went to the
Passport office, Patna to submit his RTI application.
The officer humiliated the young man by asking if he
was from orphanage. The officer further threatened him
that if he taught him law, he wouldn’t get his
passport even after ten years. He at once denied
receiving the application.
Next morning i.e. 06.07.2006, he went to GPO Patna, to
submit his application. But to his dismay, his
application was denied at first. But he showed his
courage and informed the authorities about the
provisions of RTI and somehow managed to file his
application there but the receiving authority denied
to take the application fee. The officials told
Dharmendra that they don’t know what would happen to
his application and asked to remain cool for sometime.
Now Dharmendra is even more dejected and in a state of
This is not a single case from Bihar.Two more
applicants had to face the same today(6.7.07). Mr.
Ravindra Singh, a school teacher visited to the
District Education Office, Patna. He was not only
denied to submit his application, but was threatened
also. The applicant was very much demorlised.
Another applicant is Mr. Kanhaiya Lal from Giriyak of
Nalanda District. He visited to Road Transport
Department on 6.7.07. The PIO is appointed there, but
he did not received the application and misbehaved
with the applicant.
Bihar has not constituated Information Commission till
now. The officers are showing such negetive attitude.
May the people of Bihar hope some action from Central
Prabhat Khabar Institute, Ranchi
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Posted by rtiact2005 on July 7, 2006
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From: vishnu rajgadia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 06-Jul-2006 21:29
Subject: [antibriberycampaign] Two More applicants humiliated in Bihar, A
challange for us
I am worried about our campaign in Bihar as the applicants are being
humiliated for filing their application. We should must protect them
otherwise the people will blame us for their humiliation.
One youngman Dharmentra Sharan was humiliated on 5.7.05 in Passport office
at Patna. Two more applicants had to face the same today(6.7.07).
Mr. Ravindra Singh, a school teacher came to our camp with his complain of
dues of salary. When he visited to the District Education Office, he was not
only denied to submit his application, but was threatened also. The
applicant was very much demorlised.
Another applicant is Mr. Kanhaiyalal from Giriyak of Nalanda District. After
getting suggession from our camp, he visited to Road Transport Department.
is appointed there, but he did not received the application and misbehaved
with the applicant.
These Three cases are a testing ground for all RTI activists.
Prabhat Khabar is publishing the news and our people will try to talk to
senior officials and to CM, Deputy CM on this attitude. But I request to
create a nationwide pressure against such cases.
(For reference- Bihar has not constituated Information Commission till
Prabhat Khabar, Ranchi 09431104424
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Posted by rtiact2005 on July 4, 2006
Congress accuses NDA government of misleading people
Patna | July 04, 2006 3:43:51 PM IST
Bihar Congress today accused the NDA government of misleading the people on the issue of Right to Information(RTI) Act.
Chief spokesman of the state Congress Prem Chandra Mishra said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar`s announcement about appointment of the Information Commissioner yesterday, ‘disclosed’ the fact that the RTI Act had not been fully implemented in the state so far.
Mr Mishra informed that following implementation of the the act by the Centre, it was mandatory for all state governments to implement it by February 18 itself. But Bihar failed to meet the deadline forcing the Congress to file a Public Interest Petition in Patna High Court seeking directive to the state government for implementing the act in the state.
He alleged that the state government also kept the high court in the dark and tried to wrap up its failure on one plea or the other.
When the court specifically asked the government to furinsh the name of the officers designated for providing information to the people on their demand, it sought more time from the court. The matter was still pending in the court, he added.
Meanwhile, Mr Nitish Kumar has said the state government would soon appoint Information Commissioner for implementing the Right to Information(RTI) Act. He said rules and procedures for appointing the Information Commissioner had already been finalised.
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Posted by rtiact2005 on June 30, 2006
Right to Information Act to accelerate development: Speaker
Patna | June 30, 2006 4:57:42 PM IST
Bihar Assembly Speaker Udai Narain Choudhary today said implementation of Right to Information Act would accelerate pace of development in the state.
Inaugurating a regional workshop on “Right to Information”, Mr Choudhary said implementation of the Act formed the basis for good governance and the need for dissemination of information.
The workshop was organised by Smriti Seva Sansthan and AMIC in collaboration with FES and UNESCO.
Mr Choudhary said the Act was one of the fundamental rights listed in the Constitution and it should be protected.
He said people had a lot of expectations from the present government in Bihar and asked members of the bureaucracy to work with full responsibility as they were directly involved in execution of different development projects.
He said the development had no meaning if the people did not get benefit, adding transparency was a pre-condition to good governance.
Condemning the recent row between a Minister and an MLA, the Speaker reminded the people of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s exhortation for making any sacrifice for the sake of development of the state.
He stressed on strengthening basic infrastructure in the state and called for concerted efforts to solve the problem of scarcity of electricity and also construction of high quality roads.
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