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Transparency in administration due to RTI Act: Sheila

Posted by rtiact2005 on October 15, 2006

Transparency in administration due to RTI Act: Sheila
New Delhi, October 14
Delhi chief minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, has announced that the government would constitute Task Force in government departments for improving the functioning and delivery of public services. Addressing the concluding session of the three-day Bhagidari Workshop on ‘Improving Public Service Delivery’, Ms Dikshit said that ‘Bhagidari’ movement in Delhi had gained momentum and it had helped empower the people.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit participating in the closing ceremony of a three day workshop on ‘Public Service Delivery’ in the Capital

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20061015/delhi.htm#2

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit participating in the closing ceremony of a three day workshop on ‘Public Service Delivery’ in the Capital on Saturday. —Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal
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Delhi gears up for Right to Know Day

Posted by rtiact2005 on September 28, 2006

Delhi gears up for Right to Know Day

http://www.newkerala.com/news4.php?action=fullnews&id=28328

Delhi gears up for Right to Know Day

New Delhi, Sep 27: Civil rights activists in the capital are preparing to hold meetings, distribute publications and send text messages to city residents to encourage them to stand up for their rights on International Right to Know Day Thursday.

“This day has been celebrated the world over for the past four years but not many people in the capital are aware of this day and its importance. So we will take the initiative to generate awareness among residents of the city,” said Aditi Datta of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.

“We have decided to send SMS messages to people and distribute our publications on ‘right to information’ and ‘right to know’, so that people can demand their fundamental rights,” said Datta.

She added that preparations were also on to organise a national conference Oct 12 against the amendment of the right to information bill by the government.

Civil society members working at the grass-roots level in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi are also likely to take part in the conference.

“Some of the leading activists in the country have been invited to speak on the subject and we would try to highlight people who have benefited using their right to information,” said Datta.

“The objective of the conference would be to formulate strategies to stop the government from amending the right to information bill. We suspect that the government might try to present the bill in the winter session of parliament,” said Datta.

She said the bill would complete one year on Oct 12, but the right to information commissions have not yet been set up in some states.

“People continue to struggle to get information from the state after using their right to information. Red-tapism continues to be a hindrance,” added Datta.

Activists said the occasion would also provide an opportunity to reflect on the progress of India’s Right to Information Act and the efforts made by the government to transform the bureaucratic culture of secrecy and red-tapism.

“We believe that the right to information bill has not been effectively implemented in the country as only 3,056 cases have been reported till Sep 4,” said Neeraj Kumar of National Campaign for People’s Right to Information.

He said his organisation plans to conduct 20 seminars across the country to make people aware about the bill.

Kumar added that the group would target states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, where awareness about the bill was the lowest.

— IANS

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New Bill for RTI

Posted by rtiact2005 on September 8, 2006

New Bill for RTIAdd to Clippings

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1967687.cms

NEW DELHI: In a bid to give fillip to the Right to Information (RTI) Act and bring errant government officials to book, Delhi is preparing a new legislation — Delhi Public Grievances Act 2006.

The draft bill, which is likely to be introduced in the next Assembly session, attempts to give more teeth to the Public Grievances Commission (PGC) — the appellate body for RTI.

The legislation will make the commission a statutory body and will bring many administrative changes to help in checking corrupt practices and harassment by government officials.

At present, PGC is a non-statutory body comprising one chairman and three members (one full-time and two part-time members).

It addresses grievances of the people and hears appeals under the Delhi RTI Act 2001. However, the government takes a long time in the implementation of the commission’s decisions or recommendations and can even reduce the quantum of punishment.

If the government ignores PGC’s recommendations, which it has regularly been doing, the commission has no powers to take any action.

The new legislation aims at making PGC a statutory body. This would give the commission powers of a civil court. It would be able to summon any officer on a complaint of the common man and order production of government records.

PGC chairman Baleshwar Rai said: “The draft legislation is ready. We have incorporated the suggestions made by the law department. Now we will send it to Delhi government. Through this legislation we have aimed at giving more powers to the commission for effective grievance redressal of the common man.”

The draft Bill empowers the commission to levy heavy penalties if there is delay or violation of its directions. PGC, under the legislation, levies a fine of Rs 250 per day extending to a maximum of Rs 10,000 on an officer for dereliction of duty or even harassment.

Even civic bodies, corporations or departments can be directed to pay damages to an individual in case they are found violating rules or causing harassment. The draft Bill lays down that PGC would review grievance redressal system of different departments at least twice a year.

One of the biggest changes proposed would be in the administrative set-up. The draft has tried to nudge out retired bureaucrats from PGC.

So far, there has been a tradition to post retired bureaucrats as the chairman and members. The draft says that any public servant would be given the responsibility of PGC.

The commission would be headed by a chairman. It would have a member secretary and three full-time members. They would have a fixed tenure of three years, unlike the present members who can serve till the age of 65 years.

If the Bill comes through in its present form, PGC would not be dependent on Delhi government for its day-to-day budget. It would be given an annual grant, which will be earmarked at the beginning of the financial year.

It would also have an annual accounting and auditing system.

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Left parties won’t allow amendment in RTI act: Brinda

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 13, 2006

Left parties won’t allow amendment in RTI act: Brinda

Friday, August 11th, 2006

New Delhi – Making the Left parties stand clear on the Right to Information Act (RTI), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat Friday said they will not allow any amendment to the legislation.

‘We wont allow any amendment to RTI as proposed by the cabinet. Exclusion of file notings from the ambit of the legislation will simply curtail the power in the hand of people,’ Karat said.

She was speaking at a public hearing of RTI grievances event organised by Satark Nagarik Sangathan in south Delhi.

‘We have told the government very emphatically that their decision to bring in changes and pass it in parliament is simply not acceptable to us. The act should remain as it is now.

File notings are expressions of opinion by officers handling projects. These play a key role in deciding the future of a project or policy.

Satark Nagarik Sangathan chief Anjali Bhardwaj said the government bid to bring in the amended version was aimed at ‘hiding many misdeeds by the bureaucracy’.

She said all RIT activists in India were fighting jointly against the government plan. Magsaysay award winner Sandip Pandey is on hunger strike in the heart of the capital. Veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare is protesting in Mumbai.

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USE US, DON’T ABUSE US PLEASE:DISPLACEMENT WOES – II

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 5, 2006

DISPLACEMENT WOES – II

USE US, DON’T ABUSE US PLEASE

Other Articles of the Series

PART I TELL US WHERE TO GO
PART II USE US, DON’T ABUSE US PLEASE

The government is ignorant of the role the Od tribe can play in water harvesting and soil conservation. That they are being evicted to protect Bhatti Mines’ sanctuary area is a terrible irony, reports Anita Soni

The Bhatti Mines case is not about an inevitable conflict between the human rights of a working-class community living within the confines of a sanctuary, and the legitimate concerns of the state government, bound by law to protect the sanctuary.

It is about other things like unaccountable governance, class prejudice, contempt for social and spiritual dignity of simple, hardworking people. Also, about fabricating evidence of a spectacular increase of forest cover, to forward political ambitions of the leadership and justify claims for bringing more land under the state government’s control. Above all, it is about the alienation of the dominant anglophone elite from cultural traditions and knowledge systems of their desi subjects. Ecologists know the value of ethno-science, and insist that regeneration of degraded eco-systems is not possible without the involvement of local communities, especially rural women. But the officialdom will have none of that. Rural migrants coming to work in the city as labourers become instantly categorised as nondescript ‘urban poor’, without cultural identities of their own, fit only for getting ‘shifted out’ when the spaces which they occupy are required for some more prestigious purpose.

Members of the high-profile Ridge Management Board, constituted in 1995 as an advisory body with a hotline to the Supreme Court (SC), do not even know about hereditary expertise of the Od tribe in water harvesting and soil conservation, and if they knew, they could not care less.

NEED FOR INTERVENTION BY CIVIL SOCIETY

In the context of Bhatti Mines, the need of the hour is to have a public hearing — jan sunvai — convened by an independent agency taking the Right to Information Act (RTI) seriously enough to risk the displeasure of several high-placed, self-righteous officials. As the basic point of reference, there is the village, predominantly inhabited by the Ods. It is a haven of their cultural traditions, a place where their tribal identity has found free expression. Their attachment to this village — the only one settled by them after centuries of nomadic existence — is so strong, that 10 years of its indictment by the SC as an illegal squatter settlement have not weakened their resolve to resist eviction.

The Writing Is On The Wall: Residents are in no mood to give up
Photos Lakshman Anand

Their attachment to this village — the only one settled by the Ods after centuries of nomadic life — is so strong, that 10 years of its indictment by the Supreme Court as an illegal squatter settlement has not weakened their resolve to resist eviction

On June 28, 2006 the vacation bench of sc rejected their plea for a stay of the renewed eviction orders of February 7 and May 5, 2006 , and reiterated instructions to the government of Delhi to act fast on Bhatti Mines. The benefit of the New Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006 declaring a year-long moratorium on demolitions, could be availed of by the residents of Nangla Machi, but not by ‘encroachers’ on sanctuary land.

On the same day, officials of the Muncipal Corporation of Delhi’s slum department accompanied by a large police force moved towards Bhatti Mines, but the villagers surged en masse to block the approach road. Till date, Sanjay Colony — now returned to its original name Bhagirath Nagar — is out of bounds for outsiders. The state of siege continues, and inside the village, the dharna has gained momentum. After 39 days of 24-hour relay fasts by residents, the ultimate decision of aamaran anshan has been taken by a group of young volunteers. They all belong to the Od community. Six of them have been on a fast-unto-death since June 27, four other since June 28, and 25 more enlisted themselves from July 2. Three of the hunger-strikers are in a critical condition, but refuse to break their fast. Would they think of courting martyrdom, these young men with families to care for, if they were only concerned about saving their houses? A distress signal has been sent out through the Internet on behalf of ‘village Bhatti Mines — Bhagirath Nagar on the verge of cruel demolition because Delhi government put false evidence against the village in the Hon’ble Supreme Court’. So far, compassionate response has come from PV Rajgopal, vice-chairman, Gandhi Peace Foundation, stating that ‘Ekta Parishad and National Campaign Committee on Land will do whatever is possible to back up.’

THE POWER OF A SECRET FILE

What false evidence has been presented in court to prove that ‘village Bhatti Mines’ is a jhuggi cluster, that is, an illegal squatter settlement?

We Shall Fight: Residents on a relay hunger strike

In civil litigation, proofs are found in files, not on the ground. So, the judge does not need to know if the habitations in Bhatti Mines are respectable rural houses or ramshackle shanties. All he needs to ascertain is their legal status on the basis of existing documents in government files. And the file describing their status as that of ‘Jhuggi & Jhopri (JJ) clusters’ had been prepared way back in January 1990, at the time of active mining, when the site was famous as kaali kamaai ki khaan and had a vast floating population of migratory labour, in addition to old family settlers. It was known beforehand to the top bureaucrats in the Delhi administration that mining operations in the ridge were to be phased out and the lease-hold area of the Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation (DSIDC) / Delhi State Mineral Development Corporation (DSMDC) where labourers were settled since 1976, would have to be vacated. That is why the three colonies of Bhatti Mines were registered in advance as ‘JJ camps’ and enumerated under code Nos. S-163 (Balbir Nagar), S-164 (Indira Nagar) and S-165 (Sanjay Colony). The residents were given slum-dweller ids and their permanent ration cards got replaced with temporary ones. They did not like it, but nobody had any inkling how it would affect their future.

Who ordered this de-legalisation of the rural settlements, accepted as part of the gramsabha of the revenue village of Bhatti? Where is the original file related to this administrative decision? Who was the competent authority to sign that file? There was no elected government of Delhi at the time, the bureaucrats concerned were part of the Delhi administration. Most of them are still in active service under the present set-up of governance. Some have retired and may be willing to divulge some information.

And this is the crux of the matter. Delhi has an oversized cadre of senior civil servants who, unless promoted to the Central government, keep rotating as principal secretaries, commissioners, chairpersons of various state departments, municipal boards and public sector units. Several members of this awesome ias fraternity have, at various points of time and in various capacities, put their signatures on files related to Bhatti Mines. All of them are keen to see the embattled locality fall off the map. As long as it is there, the chance that its people may turn the tables on the government, cannot be discounted. And civil servants must protect the interests of their masters, not of the people.

THE SEQUENCE OF DECEPTION

Our Protector: The Baba Ram Deo temple standing since 1978

The residents of Bhatti Mines know that they have been repeatedly wronged and cheated by the government servants who for 15 years had only exploited their cheap manual labour, while the costly machinery lay idle as decoration. In June 1990, when work stopped at Bhatti Mines on grounds of labour safety, they were left in the lurch, and the state-owned DSMDC was allowed to evade all legal and moral responsibility for the misery and trauma brought to thousands of families.

In April 1991, they were not even informed when their decades old habitats got included in the newly notified sanctuary: the Delhi administration did not appoint a forest settlement officer (FSO) to issue a proclamation in Hindi and inquire into claims of any persons ‘in or over land within the sanctuary’, which is a mandatory provision under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

In July 1995 when they learnt about the declaration of the Ridge as Reserved Forest under Section 4 of the Indian Forest Act, 1927, they applied in writing to the adm (Revenue) who was appointed as FSO and who only attended to 37 cases of powerful owners of urban properties in the ridge, giving the proofs of their old, existing domicile rights, but received no reply about the disposal of their application by the FSO.

My Village, My Life: Inside Sanjay Colony

On April 10, 1996 they learnt from radio and TV that the previous day the SC had ordered their eviction. The then deputy forest conservator-cum-Secretary, ridge management board, who jointly with the then Director, Slum and jj Department, had prepared an Action Plan for their relocation to Jaunapur, which the court endorsed, had been assuring them all the while that they would not be disturbed.

During 1996-l998, their peaceful agitation in the wake of the court verdict and the support they received from the National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and environmental ngos, forced the state government to ask the court for a couple of extensions of the eviction deadline. The work on development of the Jaunapur resettlement project got stalled and finally abandoned following high-level intervention by the farmhouse owners’ welfare association of Jaunapur.

But in July 2002, the MCD slum department served fresh eviction notices on them, specifying that relocation would be to Holambi Kalan and Bawana. A half-hearted Interlocutory Application (IA) filed in August 2002 by a senior counsel of the SC on request of an ngo member of the Ridge Management Board, pleading only for reversal of the arbitrary change of the proposed relocation site (Bawana instead of Jaunapur) helped only to delay the cruel execution, and was finally dismissed on February 7, 2006 leaving no further scope for relief.

Cultural Symbol: A tribal mural motif

There may be more reasons for the hostility of the government of nct of Delhi towards the ‘encroachers’ who allegedly polluted and disturbed the peace of the sanctuary. They happen to know too much about the non-performance of forest department (FD) in the sanctuary it is supposed to manage. It has been a tacit admission of the failure of FD to protect, let alone develop, the sanctuary, that calling in the Eco-Task Force of the territorial army (TA) was suggested by them to the government of nct in December 2000, to ensure their own ‘soft landing’ under miliTAry protection. The soldiers, stationed in Bhatti Sanctuary behind Balbir Nagar, have been able to put an end to mineral smuggling and trespassing from across the Haryana border which had changed Bhatti sanctuary into a thoroughfare for heavy vehicle traffic. (‘Look for animals in this sanctuary, you’ll find trucks’ wrote Sonu Jain in l998). But the success of TA in ‘greening’ Bhatti Mines is more than doubtful. They keep planting lakhs of saplings every year — an exercise in futility, since the FD under whose instructions they work believes the quickest way to ‘greening’ is to encourage proliferation of vilayati keekar (Prosopis juliflora) — a weed-like, water-sucking shrub that inhibits the growth of the ecologically valuable indigenous trees. The phenomenal increase of ‘tree cover’ in Delhi — 13-fold increase since 1998, as reported last Environment Day is, in fact, due to this quickfix creation of ‘green miracle’.

Concluded

The writer is a Polish-born anthropologist working among the migrant labourers of Delhi

Anita Soni, the writer of Tell Us Where To Go (Tehelka, July 15), wishes to clarify certain facts regarding her story.

The tribals in question are called Od and not Oud. The box had facts at variance with the story. The last item in the ‘Birth of a colony’ box says ‘The mines were closed by a SC order in 1990 as it was declared as Reserve Forest zone’. In reality, the Supreme Court has had no role in ordering the closure of Bhatti Mines or in notifying the sanctuary. The closure occurred in June 1990, on grounds of labour safety. The sanctuary was declared by the then Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi in April 1991, as a way out of the muddle that Delhi State Mineral Development Corporation (DSMDC) had created in Bhatti Mines.

The SC banned all mining in the Union Territory of Delhi from 1992. The preliminary notification of the entire Ridge (presumed to cover 7,777 hectares — the figure that the British had obtained in 1878) as reserved forest under Section 4 of the Indian Forest Act was issued by L-G of Delhi in May 1994. The final notification under Section 20 of the if Act is pending and the SC has directed the forest department of the Delhi government to do the spade work.

The Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary likewise still does not have the status of Reserved Forest because the mandatory settlement of claims of any persons residing within its boundaries or having any other rights has not been attempted.

Besides, persons or properties present in a forest land prior to the enactment of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980 are not to be evicted.

So, the case of Bhatti Mines worker settlers would look very different if the government-friendly environmental activists sitting on the Ridge Management Board cared to know their forest laws.

Jul 22 , 2006

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RTI Amendment Protest at Jantar Mantar on 7th of August

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 1, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Aheli Chowdhury <aheli.chowdhury@gmail.com>
Date: 01-Aug-2006 03:10
Subject: [antibriberycampaign] Protest at Jantar Mantar on 7th of August
To: antibriberycampaign@yahoogroups.com

Save Right to Information
Save Democracy

7th of August, 2006
2pm to 5pm
at Jantar Mantar

Voices of the youth and EUPHORIA unite against the Cabinet’s decision to
amend the Right to Information Act, 2005.
Come be a voice of this protest as Euphoria sings  to Save Democracy and
Right to Information Act on the 7th of August at Jantar Mantar.

Activists, students and other citizens join hands to demonstrate against the
recent amendment proposed in the Right to Information Act,by the Cabinet.
This proposed amendment exempting file notings from the Right To Information
Act, 2005 will render it virtually dead. Please come and join us at Jantar
Mantar, to strengthen the fight to assert our rights.

Aheli Chowdhury

Joint Operation for Social Help (JOSH)
josh4india@gmail.com
9811765959

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What does SECRET mean in Government communications?

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 20, 2006

To: Mr. P.K. Gera, Jt. Secretary & Registrar, Central Information Commission, Block No. IV, 5th Floor, Old JNU Campus, New Delhi – 110067
cc: Mr. Harminder Raj Singh, Jt. Secy Govt. of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Jaisalmer House, New Delhi 11oo11
From: Veeresh Malik, D-61, Defence Colony, New Delhi – 110024

Ref: F.No.CIC/AT/A/2006/00151 dtd 29th of June’06  (CIC)
Ref: No. VI-23014/345/05-VS dtd 13th/18th of June’06 (MoHA)
Ref: Second appeal under RTI’05 to CIC dtd 16th of June’06, and correspondences resting therein.

Sirs,

In context with above letters, I wish to humbly and respectfully submit that:-

a) I have received to my satisfaction the assistance I sought wrt my RTI Application dated 31st of March’06. I sincerely thank the MoHA and CIC for their assistance in this matter. I also hope that the CIC has received a copy of the letter under reference from MoHA No. VI-23014/345/05-VS dtd 13th/18th of June’06.

b) However, the information received as response to First Appeal vide Ref: No. VI-23014/345/05-VS dtd 13th/18th of June’06 (MoHA) signed by Mr. Harminder Raj Singh on 13th of July’06, has been delivered to me late at night on 18th of July’06 by special messanger in double cover, and marked “SECRET”, apparently subsequently on 18th of July’06.

I require a and humbly solicit a clarification on this from CIC as well as Public Authority MoHA, within the ambit of the same RTI application filed by me and dated 31st March’06, and 2nd Appeal to CIC therein dtd 16th of June’06, and correspondences resting therein, as to what the exact implications of the term “SECRET” are in an RTI response, the rules guiding me on the further dissemination of this information marked “SECRET”, and if possible, then how something as basic as a definition of VIP and VVIP can be classified as “SECRET”.

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely,

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

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Despite right, little access to info – Delhi RTI

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 9, 2006

Despite right, little access to info
NIDHI SHARMA
[ Friday, June 02, 2006 12:48:42 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1606565.cms

NEW DELHI: If you thought the Right to Information Acts had brought about transparency in the functioning of Delhi government departments, well, think again.

Four years after the Delhi RTI Act came into force and a year after the Centre notified its own legislation, 75% of applicants seeking information from city government organisations are denied access to it.

And, these are the findings of Public Grievances Commission (PGC), the appellate body for RTI Act. PGC says that a majority of applicants are refused information or misguided with incomplete replies because departments want to brush most matters under the carpet. Many of those denied information then file appeals with PGC.

According to PGC statistics, at least 50% of applicants are provided the relevant information after they file appeals – that is, when officials of the department concerned find the threat of the appellate body looming large.

In a majority of such cases, the departments try to give their written replies even before the first hearing of the appeal.

MCD has been the worst offender in suppressing information. Since 2002-03, when Delhi RTI Act was implemented, PGC has received 709 appeals for information, of which 623 have been dealt with.

MCD tops the list of 59 government departments and organisations with as many as 241 appeals made against it, that is 38.68% of all applications filed.

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RTI Application, Delhi Jal Board, July 8th 2006 [Eg:read how RTI questions are framed]

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 9, 2006

—– Original Message —–
From: Malik, Veeresh
Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2006 5:33 PM
Subject: RTI Application, DJB, 08jul’06

From: Veeresh Malik, D-61, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024, dtd 08th July’06
To: CPIO, Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Varunalaya Phase-II, Karol Bagh, New Delhi

subject: Application under Right to Information Act 2005

Sirs,

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.

Please provide me with the following information:-

01) Please provide me with details of number of sewer lines as present in Defence Colony. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

02) Please provide me with information on when these sewer lines were laid. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

03) Please provide me with information on how the population growth since then has been accounted for in these cases. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

04) Please provide me with information on any surveys carried out in context with sewage lines in Defence Colony in the last 4 years. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

05) Please provide me with information on plans to perform any repairs or additions to sewage lines in Defence Colony in the next 4 years. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

06) Please provide me with information on operation and maintenance budget for the sewage lines in Defence Colony for the last 4 fiscal years, from FY 01april2002 through FY 31march2006. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

07) Please provide the full details of officers in charge of maintenance of sewage system and lines of Defence Colony, and their tenures in their existing posts. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

08) Please provide full details of equipment available for ongoing operational repairs and maintenance of sewage system of Defence Colony, and their state of readiness as well as availability. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

09) Please provide information on complaints received by DJB from Defence Colony for the period January 2005 through June 2006. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

10) Please provide information on the source of the water supply for Defence Colony. This should include the name and location of the plant, the quantity of wter earmarked for Defence Colony, the quantity of water coming into the plant, the quantity of water leaving the plant, and the full details of the officials in charge of reunning, supervising and maintaining the plant, as well as details of their tenures in these posts. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

11) Please provide facilities under the RTI Act-2005, Section 2(j)(i) and others as may be applicable, for applicant along with other residents to inspect the full procedure for the supply of water to Defence Colony. From source to tap.  Some of these residents are technically qualified personnel themselves, so advance details will be required on this subject, s well as facilities to carry out on-the-spot checks. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

12) Please provide copies of guidelines for supplying water through metered connections in Defence Colony. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

13) Please provide me with the total number of motor cars and motor-vehicles provided to office bearers, officials and others at public expense by the Delhi Jal Board, as on 31st March of the years 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

14) Please provide me with all the rules governing the allotment and usage of these motor cars and motor-vehicles, as asked in query 13, along with Standing Committee and General Body resolutions, minutes and approvals. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

15) Please provide me with all the rules governing instructions to drivers and in-charge of these motor-vehicles, as asked in query 13, not to take these motor vehicles on unauthorised duties without due approvals.  In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

16) Please provide me with information on how many times the Officers of the Delhi Jal Board who have been alloted motor-cars, have used the Delhi Metro or other public transport, in the course of their official duties, in the last 4 years.

17) Please provide me with information on any guidelines issued to office bearers, officials and others provided with motor cars and motor-vehicles by the Delhi Jal Board, towards using the Delhi Metro or other public transport, and if so, any reports on adherence.

18) Please provide me with information on any guidelines issued to office bearers, officials and others to use taxies or public transport  instead of official cars whenever feasible, for example, trips to/from Delhi Airport, Railway Stations, Bus Terminals.

19) Please inform me when the DJB last three times cleaned water lines in Defence Colony.

20) Please inform me about the responsibilities of the Executve Engineer, Assistant Engineer and Junior Engineers of DJB, for the Defence Colony area. Please also inform me about their compliances and adherences to the above. In this context, please inform me when, where and how this information under the suo-motu declaration as per Section 4 of RTI Act has been published, and if not, why and when will it be done.

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely,

Veeresh Malik

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Govt officials seek RTI help – [DELHI RTI and ABC promotion]

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 9, 2006

Govt officials seek RTI help – [DELHI RTI and ABC promotion]

HT Correspondent

New Delhi, July 6, 2006

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1737797,000600010001.htm

The HT-supported Drive Against Bribe campaign has been approached by a lot of government officials who want to use the power of RTI to know the status on pending transfers and due promotions.

The camp at IG stadium, being right next to the Delhi Secretariat, has also been witnessing a lot of curious babus walking in just to check out the activities there. “The campaign has generated a certain amount of interest among certain sections of government servants. It is in a way ironical, since the movement seeks to curb corruption in these very circles,” said an official. However, the Delhi government has been an ally of the campaign throughout. Two days ago, it even sent a circular to all its offices asking them to cooperate with the volunteers manning the drive.

On the same lines, on Thursday, the camp welcomed the Secretary General of Rajya Sabha, Yogendra Narain, who interacted with the volunteers and watched the proceedings for a while.

Meanwhile, volunteers at the sub-camps, set up on Wednesday outside the seven SDM offices, seemed to be getting busier by the day. “At Mehrauli the SDM asked us to shift the camp to the ADM’s office since the RTI requisitions would be going there. But we held on to our ground. So he sent an official to get the RTI receipt book and start registering them,” said one of the volunteers. But apart from that, volunteers at other SDM offices have reported full cooperative effort from government officials while filing the requisitions. The Mehrauli camp registered five requisitions and the camp in Daryaganj filed five. Within an hour of opening, the Nandnagri helpdesk filed 46 requisitions.

Nerve center of the Delhi campaign, the camp at IG stadium received a total of 145 visitors on Thursday. “In all, about 130 applications were filed on issues ranging from ration cards, Delhi police complaints, passport, PF, matters related to the DDA, Income Tax and others,” said a volunteer.

Even nationwide, the campaign’s success seems to be multiplying by the day. On Thursday alone, over 1300 requisitions were filed from across the country while the number of visitors was around the 2,200 mark.

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