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“SMS CAMPAIGN – RULE 14” and SAVE RTI Act in INDIA.

Posted by rtiact2005 on April 22, 2008

Request to all Citizens of INDIA to ACT on this  ” SMS CAMPAIGN – RULE 14 ” and SAVE RTI Act in INDIA.

Let us show the all BUREAUCRATS that Citizens of INDIA means Business.

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”.

SMS message to send is:

SIC KKM sir,
“Your Malafides proved in amending RTI rules — We demand your resignation to ensure Supremacy of Democracy”


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Karnataka State Information Commissioner for Right to Information Act is   Mr. K. K. Mishra.

The mobile numbers for KKM are:

1.   9448291111 ,
2.    9844491100

Please SMS the above message to SIC KKM.

Please tell your friends to do the same. Send this to as many as possible. So that we can put presurre on SIC  KKM.

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THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS for this ” SMS CAMPAIGN- RULE 14 “

Please go through the following Statements:

A. On March 15th 2008, In Raichur, SIC K K Mishra as per Hindu article,

RTI Act is fine, says Misra .
Raichur: The former Chief Secretary and State Chief Information Commissioner K.K. Misra has said that there was no need to bring any amendment to the Right to Information Act (2005).
Mr. Misra was here on Friday to attend to some pending cases related to the Act.
He said the Act had been formulated with an intention to streamline the administration and protect the interest of the public.

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B. On April 19th 2008 meeting with RTI Activists SIC K K Mishra told them that he did not know anything about the Ammended Rule 14 of the RTI Rules , which Empowers an PIO to limit replying to RTI Request for only one first Question , if the RTI Request is covering two are more Subjects and is worder beyond 150 Words .

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C. As per Hindu article dated APRIL 20, 2008, says RTI: new rule restricts quantum of information.

It looks like SIC K K Mishra was responsible to bring about chnages to RTI Act 2005 in Karnataka State. Please read the article below. URL is provided. Thanks to RTI Activist Mr. Y. G. Muralidhran from CREAT to explain these things clearly to Hindu paper, other press people and to general Public.
BANGALORE: It has come to light that the Karnataka Information Commission (KIC) recommended that the State Government amend the Karnataka Right to Information (RTI) Rules 2005 to restrict the quantum of information sought in a single application.
This was discovered by Y.G. Muralidharan, consumer rights activist and founder of Consumer Rights Education and Awareness Trust (CREAT), who evoked the RTI Act only to receive this startling piece of information.
“Having grown in a culture of secrecy, the tendency to find reasons for denying information to the citizens is not surprising. But one never expected that the KIC would advise the Government to take the drastic step of amending the rules, which cuts the roots of citizens’ right to information,” Mr. Muralidharan told The Hindu.
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” KKM Malafidely has given misleading statement that RTI does not need any Ammendement and KKM became instrumental in Ammending the RTI rules to curtail citizens right, as such KKM has become tainted, hence KKM need to resign honorably to ensure supremacy of democracy ”

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There are other reasons also why SIC KKM need to RESIGN. Please go through the following.

D. on May 3, 2005 the Karnataka State High Court directed that a complaint of perjury be filed against Misra for “knowingly withholding important facts and documents from the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka and making false statements in the affidavits filed in this Court.”

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The above events shows the CHARACTER and INTEGRITY of K K Mishra.
Also KKM’s appointment as SIC is allready in question since 2005.
With all these things how can KKM continue as SIC of GoK ???
How did GoK appointed K K MIshra as the SIC of GoK with all the baggage.
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Now it is very clear that Shri.K. K. Mishra is:
ž       Not a person having Eminence In Public Life, hence not qualified to the office of the State Chief Information Commissioner.
ž       Prima facie held to be involved in an offence involving moral turpitude, by Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka, which as good as conviction.
ž       Has acquired such financial or other interest as is likely to affect prejudicially his functions as the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner.
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Please read this SC ruling:
Any officer whose integrity is doubtful should not be promoted to a sensitive post.
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Supreme court Orders Transfer Of UP Chief Secretary within 7 days
Just recently Supreme Court of INDIA has given a ruling that a tainted person should not be occupying a SENSITIVE and RESPONSIBLE POST in the State of UP.
SCIC is such a Sensitive and Responsible post.
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SC tells UP govt to shift Neera Yadav

http://www.ndtv.com/topstories /showtopstory.asp?id=17905 &frmsrch=1&txtsrch=Chief +Secretary+of+UP <http://www.ndtv.com/topstories /showtopstory.asp?id=17905 &frmsrch=1&txtsrch=Chief +Secretary+of+UP>
NDTV Correspondent
Thursday, October 6, 2005 (New Delhi):
The Supreme Court has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to shift controversial official Neera Yadav from the post of Chief Secretary within seven days.
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KK Mishra’s has lost his Integrity as per High Court Order of Karnataka State //

KK Mishra is a TAINTED PERSON // TAINTED PERSON can’t be occupying Sensitive and Responsible post. //
KK Mishra was sworn on Saturday 30/7/2005, BEFORE the retirement date of 31/07/2005. This as per records available from GoK. //
This looks like BOGUS APPOINTMENT of KK Mishra to the post of SIC of Karnataka State.
This was done by then CM Dharm Singh, Opposition Leader Yeddiyurappa and then Information Minister Shivaram.
All these THREE people need to be questioned now.

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Please read this article.
First RTI appointment runs into trouble
Wednesday September 21 2005 00:00 IST
TOP STORIES
Sep 21, 2005
NEW DELHI: Even before the Right to Information Act has come into force, the very first and so far the only appointment made under it has provoked a controversy.
Karnataka is the first state to have appointed its chief information commissioner as part of the independent appellate machinery that is required to be in place by October 12 in the states as well as the Centre.
But questions are already being raised on the appointment of the commissioner by the Dharam Singh Government: K K Misra was appointed on July 30 immediately after his retirement as chief secretary of Karnataka.
A local NGO, Ella Kannada Vedike International (E-KAVI), called upon the state Governor to suspend Misra immediately and initiate the process of his removal from office.
Reason: Barely four months ago, the Karnataka High Court passed strictures on Misra in the PIL related to the Rs 2,250 crore Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project.
The irony is, in its judgment delivered on May 3, the High Court directed that a complaint of perjury be filed against Misra for “knowingly withholding important facts and documents from the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka and making false statements in the affidavits filed in this Court.”
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All of this shows that SIC K K Mishra is a person without CHARACTER and INTEGRITY.
HENCE, EKAVI had written to Governor of Karnataka State in 2005.

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Demand For Removal of Shri.KK Misra, Karnataka State Chief Information Commissioner under Section 17 (3) (b) & 17 (3) (e) of the Right To Information Act-2005.

Demand For Removal of Shri.KK Misra, Karnataka State Chief Information Commissioner under Section 17 (3) (b) & 17 (3) (e) of the Right To Information Act-2005

Sunday, September 18, 2005
To,
The Hon’ble Governor,
Karnataka.
Sub: Demand For Removal of Shri.KK Misra, Karnataka State Chief Information Commissioner under Section 17 (3) (b) & 17 (3) (e) of the Right To Information Act-2005
Sir,
We wish to bring following acts of omissions during implementation of the Right To Information Act-2005 by Government Of Karnataka:
1. Section 15 of the Right To Information Act-2005 stipulates a minimum qualification for a candidate who shall be appointed as State Chief Information Commissioner, which are as under:
” The State Chief Information Commissioner and the State Information Commissioners 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.”
2. We understand that that Mr.KK Misra who has been appointed as State Chief Information Commissioner vide notification number DPAR 77 RTI 2005 Bangalore Dated 30th July 2005, does not have the required qualifications for appointment as State Chief Information Commissioner.
3. The basic qualification required is of “Eminence In Public Life”. Government of Karnataka has been directed by Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka to File criminal cases against Shri.KK Misra and prosecute him as under:
ž Under Sec. 340 of Cr.PC for “Knowingly Withholding Important Facts And Documents from the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka and Making False Statements In The Affidavits Filed In This Court” in the Rs 2,250 Crores Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project Case.
ž On charges of ” Perjury And Withholding “ documents in the Rs 2,250 Crores Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project Case. Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka also directed the Registrar General to file a complaint in this regard under section 388 Cr.PC.
4. A person who Lies And Cheats to Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka as above cannot be called as a Person Of Eminence In Public Life.
5. Shri.KK Misra’s appointment seems to have been made fraudulently violating the stipulated norms as laid down under section 15 of the Right To Information Act-2005, which are as follows:
ž There is no documentary proof in public knowledge that, a meeting of the committee formed for the appointment of State Chief Information Commissioner was held. Hence it seems only minutes were drawn
ž In view of the circumstantial evidence in above Para it can be deduced that List of eligible candidates for appointment as State Chief Information Commissioner was never prepared.
ž Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and Chairman of the Karnataka Legislative Council were never consulted while appointing Shri.KK Misra as State Chief Information Commissioner, which is the normal practice in any appointments made by government to important positions.
6. It appears that Shri.KK Misra has appointed himself as State Chief Information Commissioner by abusing his position of Chief Secretary to Government of Karnataka. It is very brazen attempt to misuse his official capacity as he retired on 31st July 2005 and Appointed as State Chief Information Commissioner on the same day i.e. 31st July 2005
7. A bureaucrat who presided over the state govt administration till recently cannot be considered independent enough to be the final apex appellate authority under the Right To Information Act. There would be disputes regarding requisitioning of information elicited from government functionaries when he was the chief secretary. He cannot legally/morally decide these disputes now as the information commissioner.
8. This principle is followed scrupulously by the judiciary. Judges do not hear cases where any person who was their client while their practicing law figures in, or if there is anyone closely related, closely connected etc involved. The matter is passed on to other judges.
9. Here we have only one chief information commissioner. Even if we presume that such matters will be passed on to the information commissioners, it must be noted that they are subordinate to the chief info commissioner who continues to be the boss and final arbitrator of the decision being dished out by the commission. So we cannot have such a person as State Chief Information Commissioner.
10. His continuation in the post will seriously jeopardize / violate people’s fundamental right to information which has been upheld as an integral part of article 13 (1) of the constitution of India.
11. From all above submissions it becomes clear that Shri.KK Misra is prima facie held to be involved in an offence involving moral turpitude, that too by Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka. This as good as conviction, for an institution as important as State Chief Information Commissioner, whose duty is to set up practical regime of right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority.
12. From all above submissions it also becomes clear that Shri.KK Misra has developed Other interest as is likely to affect prejudicially his functions as the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner.
13. Now it is very clear that Shri.KK Misra is:
ž Not a person having Eminence In Public Life, hence not qualified to the office of the State Chief Information Commissioner.
ž Prima facie held to be involved in an offence involving moral turpitude, by Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka, which as good as conviction.
ž Has acquired such financial or other interest as is likely to affect prejudicially his functions as the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner.
14. Hence we request you utilise the powers vested in your office and your discretion to act under following Sections of the Right To Information Act-2005 and REMOVE KK MISRA FROM THE POSITION OF STATE CHIEF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER IMEADIATLY To Save Sanctity Of New Born Right To Information Act-2005 for charges summarized in Para number 13:
Section 17 (3): Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the Governor may by order remove from office the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner if a State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner, as the case may be,—
Section 17 (3) (b): Has been convicted of an offence which, in the opinion of the Governor, involves moral turpitude; or
Section 17 (3) (e): Has acquired such financial or other interest as is likely to affect prejudicially his functions as the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner.15. The whole nation is anxiously awaiting your action in this regard. The success or failure of the Right To Information Act-2005 depends upon your quick and rightful action.
Yours Truly,
Copy to:
1. The Hon’ble President of India.
2. The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
3. The Hon’ble Chief Minister Of Karnataka.
4. The Hon’ble Dy Chief Minister Of Karnataka.
5. Smt.Sonia Gandhi ji, The Chairperson United Progressive Alliance, The Chairperson National Advisory Council, and President, Indian National Congress, New Delhi.
6. Shri.H.D.Devegowda, Former Prime Minister, National President Janata Dal (Secular) & Member of Parliament.
7. Shri.Prakash Karat, General Secretary, CPI (M).
8. Shri.A.B.Bardhan, General Secretary, CPI (I).
9. Shri.L.K.Advani, Leader of Opposition, Loka Sabha.
10. Shri.Jaswant Singh, Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha.
11. The Central Vigilance Commissioner, New Delhi.
12. The Loka Ayukta, Karnataka.

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Government’s resolve on RTI Act questioned

Posted by rtiact2005 on October 21, 2006

Government’s resolve on RTI Act questioned

Special Correspondent

http://www.hindu.com/2006/10/21/stories/2006102105391300.htm

 

Few are implementing it, say stakeholders

 

 

 

NEW DELHI: Stakeholders have expressed serious doubts over the Government’s resolve to fulfil its responsibilities in implementing the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The opinion emerged at the first national convention held here last week to mark the first anniversary of the implementation of the Act.

Judging from the attendance, the Act has interested primarily residents of big cities, among them mostly men. Most of those utilising it are in government, according to a survey conducted by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS).

Responding to a survey conducted by the Transparency Studies Unit of the CMS during the convention, more than half of those who attended the three-day meet felt that few government departments were implementing the Act.

Not satisfied

In fact, two-thirds were not satisfied with the responsiveness of the front-end implementers — the Public Information Officers (PIOs). Half of them could not recall any specific initiative taken by their respective Information Officers to promote the Act. As many as 160 of the participants from all parts of the country responded to the questionnaire.

Nevertheless, 45 per cent of those from civil society and 70 per cent from the government sector thought that people in their respective areas were “generally satisfied” with the provisions of the Act. Two-thirds believed that the Act would promote good governance and bring down corruption if implemented seriously. Seventy per cent of all who responded and 90 per cent of those from civil society were convinced that access to `file notings’ should be available under the Act.

On the role of the news media, 60 per cent were of the opinion that they had not done a good job of promoting the Act.

According to the survey, newspapers were the primary source of information about the RTI for most of the people. Television was mentioned by 40 per cent of delegates as their source. More than two-thirds wanted news media also to be brought under the Act.

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GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF RTI ACT’: PM

Posted by rtiact2005 on October 17, 2006

GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF RTI ACT': PM
http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=!330

Sunday, October 15, 2006
ADDRESS AT THE VALEDICTORY SESSION OF NATIONAL CONVENTION ON FIRST YEAR
OF RTI

Expressing the Government's firm commitment to the effective
implementation of the Right to Information Act in letter and spirit, the Prime
Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has assured all stakeholders that the
Government would make a sincere endeavour to strengthen the implementation
of the Act in favour of genuine information seekers and people.

Delivering the valedictory address at the National Convention on First
Year of Right to Information, here today, the Prime Minister said that
the right to information was not a substitute for good governance and
that it could only support and aid the process.

Striking a note of caution, Dr. Singh called for a need to guard
against the growth of professional middlemen in the use of the Act. The Prime
Minister hoped that a time would come when a citizen would not have to
make an application for seeking information under the Act. 

Emphasizing the word "public interest", the Prime Minister underlined
the need for a computerized network throughout the country, down to the
village level, to ensure public participation in the process of
development. 

Shri Suresh Pachouri, Minister of State for Personnel, Central
Information Commissioners – Smt. Padma Balasubramanian, Prof. M.M Ansari, Dr.
O.PKejriwal and Shri A.N. Tiwari were among those present on the
occasion.

The following is the text of the Prime Minister's valedictory address:

"I am very happy that we have gathered here today to celebrate the
first anniversary of the Right to Information Act. This is indeed a
milestone of great importance in the evolution of Indianr democracy and I am
delighted that we are meeting today to mark one year of implementation
of this historic Act.

Presenting the case in support of the Bill in Parliament, I had
expressed the hope that the passage of the Bill will see the dawn of a new era
in our processes of governance, an era of performance and greater
efficiency, an era which will ensure that the benefits of growth flow to all
sections of our people, an era which will help to eliminate the scourge
of corruption, an era which will bring the common man's concerns to the
heart of all processes of governance, an era which will truly fulfill
the hopes of the founding fathers of our Republic.

Indeed, it is with such high hopes that we enacted this law. In this
process, we received tremendous support and guidance from the
Chairperson of UPA; Shrimati Sonia Gandhi and her colleagues in the National
Advisory Council. We owe them a deep debt of gratitude.

Mahatma Gandhi had once observed, "real Swaraj will come not by the
acquisition of authority by a few but by the acquisition of capacity by
all to resist authority when abused." In many ways, I would like to
think that the Right to Information Act, taken together with the 73rd and
74th Amendments to the Constitution and the National Rural Employment
Guarantee Act, enable us to fulfill to a considerable degree, Bapu's
dream. Today we are all gathered to assess what use have we made of that
instrument and what more needs to be done to make it a more effective
instrument of public purpose.

I have heard with interest what has been said about your conclusions at
the end of this 1st Annual Convention. What is of particular
satisfaction is that it has become clear that the citizens of our country have
owned this Act with their arms wide open. This has become, if anything, a
"Peoples' Law."

Whatever may be the differences on the finer points of the Act, we
must all be aware of the course that we are setting for the future of
democratic governance. It can be said that the right to know is the most
fundamental of all those rights, which are critical for upholding human
dignity. We live in an age of information, in which the free flow of
information and ideas determines the pace of development and well being of
the people. The implementation of RTI Act is, therefore, an important
milestone in our quest for building an enlightened and at the same time,
a prosperous society.

Therefore, the exercise of the Right to Information cannot be the
privilege of only a few.

This Act is the consummation of a process initiated with the adoption
of our Constitution. We gave ourselves a Sovereign Socialist, Secular
Democratic Republic accountable to all our citizens. Accountability is
based on the premise that citizens have access to information on the
basis of which they can determine the justness, or otherwise, of actions of
the State. Hence, the criticality of the right to information and this
Act is but the means
for accessing it.

We have kept these means simple, with overriding importance given to
"public interest", sweeping aside much of the legacy of colonialism. In
many ways, this Act is the logical culmination of the dreams of our
founding fathers. I would, however, emphasise the word "public interest".
The true determinant of success must be how many people have actually
used this Act, and their level of satisfaction with the information so
obtained. 

We must guard against the growth of professional middlemen in the use
of this Act as seen in some other countries. And since it is an Act for
our common benefit in relation to Public Authority, we are all
stakeholders in the Act and must guard against allowing it to become a tool for
promotion of an adversarial relationship between different
stakeholders. This can only serve to weaken the Act.

Given the diverse and complex nature of our society, the information
revolution underway has the potential to make the Act an effective tool
of social change. Public authorities are shouldering the responsibility
of implementing this Act without any additional staff and are creating
electronic databases to meet the demands placed on them by our citizens
and the Civil Society too has played no mean role in spreading
awareness among citizens regarding their rights and preventing arbitrariness in
processes of decision-making. 

However, a great deal more needs to be done. All public
authorities must ensure that all records that can be computerized are,
within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources,
computerized and connected through a network all over the country.

Networking through the country through the institutionalized framework
of panchayats, community service centres and knowledge centres down to
the village level will ensure public participation in the development
process.

The Central Information Commission has been playing the role of
information provider of the last resort to civil society. This convention has
given an opportunity to interested citizens, eminent personalities from
civil society, Government and Information Commissions at all levels, to
deliberate on substantive issues of common concern and enrich us with
their suggestions. I am sure the recommendations of the Convention will
help Government in addressing measures required to improve the
effectiveness of this revolutionary Act.

I am sure that there will always be various opinions about the
interpretation and implementation of some provisions of the Act. This
is true of any legislation – particularly those that usher in far
reaching changes. In a democratic society, sometimes, it takes time for new
ideas to take firm root. This is part of the learning curve any
legislation has to undergo.

e need to evolve a consensus to facilitate the effective exercise of
the right to information by the needy, by those who are directly affected
by the information. We need to balance the need for information with
the limited time, material and human resources available with public
authorities. Vexatious demands should not be allowed to deprive genuine
information seekers of their legitimate claims on limited public
resources.

We must also realize that laws, over a period of time, adapt themselves
to changing realities as societal perceptions change and most
importantly, right to information is not a substitute for good governance. It
has to support and aid the process of good governance.

The positive manner, in which all stakeholders have responded to the
challenges posed by this Act, encourages me to imagine that a time may
come when a citizen may not have to make an application for seeking
information under this Act. Public authorities could place on their own,
more and more information in the public domain, with easy access as
mandated by the Act. 

On behalf of the Government, I assure all stakeholders that it shall be
our endeavour to strengthen the implementation of the Act in favour of
genuine information seekers and the people. The Act has been a matter
of pride for the UPA Government. It was a commitment we made to our
people. Therefore, we are - as, if not more, interested in its abiding
success. 

We will continue to pursue the goal of ensuring the fullest and freest
flow of information under this Act. We shall work with all stakeholders
for promoting effective usage of the rights granted under this Act. I
assure you the complete support of our government in achieving fully the
aims and objectives of this Act. We remain firmly committed to its
effective implementation in letter and spirit".

***

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Alexander for strengthening RTI implementation

Posted by rtiact2005 on October 15, 2006

Alexander for strengthening RTI implementation

http://in.news.yahoo.com/061014/43/68i0h.html

By IANS

Saturday October 14, 09:18 PM

New Delhi, Oct 14 (IANS) Stressing the need for a personal hearing of complainants by the Central Information Commission, Rajya Sabha MP P.C. Alexander Saturday said that it was the fundamental right of the petitioner to get speedy justice.

‘There was a necessity to give a personal hearing to the appellants before the Commission,’ Alexander told a convention on Right To Information (RTI) in the capital.

 

The three-day convention, marking the end of the first year of the RTI implementation, started Friday.

 

Expressing concern over the high rate of pending cases in all Information Commissions – both at the national and state level, he said the bodies should be provided full logistic support in terms of finance and administration to address the petitions.

 

‘There is a provision of 10 commissioners being posted in each Commission, which needs to be considered,’ Alexander added.

 

He said the act was being misused at the state-level and there was dire need to define what was public information. ‘The difference between the private and public interest should be clearly defined in the Act.’

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Kalam grants personal hearing to anti-CIC protesters

Posted by rtiact2005 on October 15, 2006

Kalam grants personal hearing to anti-CIC protesters

http://www.newkerala.com/news4.php?action=fullnews&id=35631

New Delhi, Oct 13: Quickly responding to a demonstration against the Central Information Commission (CIC), President A P J Abdul Kalam today agreed to grant a personal hearing to the protesters.

The Presidential response to the protests came at the conclusion of Kalam’s inaugural address of the three-day national convention of the Right To Information Act here tonight.

The appointment comes in the wake of the criticism among certain NGOs, social activists and protagonists of the Act that the Commission has been soft on the erring officials who continue to deny information to the citizens despite the Act being formulated more than a year ago.

Apparently well planned, the protesters sporting white T- shirts with placards attracted Kalam’s attention with slogans like “President we want to speak for 2 minutes with you,” “CIC has killed RTI,” “Sack CIC, Save RTI”.

Though the protesters were seated on the rear rows, they managed to catch the First Citizen’s attention, who responded promptly by offering them an appointment.

After the President whispered into the Chief Information Commissioner Wajjahat Habbibullah, it was announced over the public address system that the protesters can seek an appointment through e-mail with Kalam.

The announcer said that once an appointment date was fixed, the President would give a personal hearing to their grievances, amidst applause from the gathering.

— PTI

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Prez says make RTI a virtual success

Posted by rtiact2005 on October 15, 2006

Prez says make RTI a virtual success

 

Press Trust Of India

Posted Saturday , October 14, 2006 at 10:05

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/prez-says-make-rti-a-virtual-success/23954-3.html

 

 CIC EVOLVING: Kalam advised the CIC to carry out various changes of its website programme.

 

New Delhi: President APJ Abdul Kalam on Friday asked the Government to expedite the Rs 23,000 crore National E-Governance Grid Programme to make the revolutionary people friendly Right To Information Act a real success.

Inaugurating the three-day national conference on RTI organised by the Central Information Commissioner (CIC) at the Vigyan Bhavan, Kalam said that the objective of the Act could be achieved only if the ambitious NEGP programme was completed at the earliest.

Once completed “the programe which aims at integrating information network at the district, states and national level to a common e-information grid would help faster and transparent disemmination of information to the citzens,” the President said.

Kalam advised the CIC to carry out various changes of its website programme so as to make it more meaningful to the applicants who move the commission for information.

Pointing out that lack of awareness was one of the principal reasons for people approaching officials who are unrelated to the issues involved, the President asked the CIC to put on its website the role and duties of the different departments and officials in the country’s federal structure.

“The people should know which official to approach for their problem. Today at Rashtrapathi Bhavan we get hundreds for various requests ranging from departmental promotions to settlement of land disputes,” the President remarked.

 

 

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Kalam for fusion of e-governance and RTI

Posted by rtiact2005 on October 15, 2006

Kalam for fusion of e-governance and RTI

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2171299.cms

NEW DELHI: President APJ Abdul Kalam on Friday asked the Government to expedite the Rs 23,000 crore National E-Governance Grid Programme to make the revolutionary people friendly Right To Information Act a real success.

Inaugurating the three-day national conference on RTI organised by the Central Information Commissioner (CIC) here at the Vigyan Bhavan, Kalam said that the objective of the Act could be achieved only if the ambitious NEGP programme was completed at the earliest.

Once completed “the programme which aims at integrating information network at the district,

states and national level to a common e-information grid would help faster and transparent

dissemination of information to the citizens,” the President said.

Kalam advised the CIC to carry out various changes of its website programme so as to make it more meaningful

to the applicants who move the commission for information.

Pointing out that lack of awareness was one of the principal reasons for people approaching officials who are unrelated to the issues involved, the President asked the CIC to put on its website the role and duties of the different departments and officials in the country’s federal structure.

“The people should know which official to approach for their problem. Today at Rashtrapathi Bhavan we get hundreds for various requests ranging from departmental promotions to settlement of land disputes,” the President remarked amid laughter.

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Evolve guidelines, Kalam asks information panel:: Information seekers under the RTI Act should know where to get information

Posted by rtiact2005 on October 15, 2006

Evolve guidelines, Kalam asks information panel::

Special Correspondent

http://www.thehindu.com/2006/10/15/stories/2006101502761000.htm

Information seekers under the RTI Act should know where to get information

 

 


  • Political leaders, media, citizens called upon to actively participate
  • Every public authority should assess information needs of people

     

    NEW DELHI: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Friday asked the Central Information Commission (CIC) to evolve guidelines for information seekers under the Right to Information Act (RTI). He called upon political leaders, civil services, media, societal transformers and citizens to actively participate in the process to derive maximum benefit out of it.

    Inaugurating a function to mark the first anniversary of RTI, Mr. Kalam said information seekers should know where and how to get information, which could be put on the website to avoid repetition. The CIC could run extensive publicity campaigns to inform the citizens about who dealt with what in the Government. Sometimes the information, if sought and understood properly, could lead to improving the functioning of certain institutions.

    Drawing attention towards the weaknesses in the country’s democratic system, he said: “Our strength had always lain in overcoming those weaknesses and setting ourselves firmly on the road to higher level of democratic efficiency and progress. In this context, the Right to Information Act has been an important milestone. The Act assures every citizen the right to know what the citizen should, and throws open the system of governance to total transparency and, therefore, inescapable accountability.”

    Safeguards

    Adequate safeguards have been built in within the Act to ensure that the right was exercisable consistent with the dictates of national security which by no means could ever be compromised. “After all, every right has to have checks built in to prevent its unbridled sway which is sure to lead to the certain failure of the very system.”

    Mr. Kalam suggested that every public authority should continuously assess the information needs of the people to ascertain what kind of information was generally requested for by the public. All such information requested for by more than one citizen or a number of times should be uploaded in the CIS website. “When information is available in public domain, the possibility of its misuse diminishes. The authorities will also have to ensure that the applicant does not use the information for purposes other than intended,” he said.

    Pointing out that freedom of information was being redefined through the Internet revolution, the President said e-governance had to be friendly to enable seamless access to information and flow of information across the State and Central Governments in the federal set-up. “e-governance system is a means to an end. We need to enlighten citizens to realise the full benefits of the e-governance systems.”

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    President calls for fusion of e-governance and RTI

    Posted by rtiact2005 on October 15, 2006

    President calls for fusion of e-governance and RTI

    http://www.newkerala.com/news4.php?action=fullnews&id=35641

    New Delhi, Oct 13: President A P J Abdul Kalam today asked the Government to expedite the Rs 23,000 crore National E-Governance Grid Programme to make the revolutionary people friendly Right To Information Act a real succes.

    Inaugurating the three-day national conference on RTI organised by the Central Information Commissioner (CIC) here at the Vigyan Bhavan, Kalam said that the objective of the Act could be achieved only if the ambitious NEGP programme was completed at the earliest.

    Once completed “the programe which aims at integrating information network at the district, states and national level to a common e-information grid would help faster and transparent disemmination of information to the citzens,” the President said.

    Kalam advised the CIC to carry out various changes of its website programme so as to make it more meaningful to the applicants who move the commission for information.

    Pointing out that lack of awareness was one of the principal reasons for people approaching officials who are unrelated to the issues involved, the President asked the CIC to put on its website the role and duties of the different departments and officials in the country’s federal structure.

    “The people should know which official to approach for their problem. Today at Rashtrapathi Bhavan we get hundreds for various requests ranging from departmental promotions to settlement of land disputes,” the President remarked amid laughter.

    — PTI

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    On Line Course from IIT – Let Education Flourish

    Posted by rtiact2005 on September 24, 2006

    Please spread this information across your friends…………………… And make
    the best use of this.

    The IITs have taken up an initiative of starting online teaching and
    thus have started offering course materials online for every
    engineering stream.

    -Many professors from all the IITs have provided course materials
    for each chapter and each subject.

    -One has to register at the link provided below and can access the
    course material.

    -Every Chapter has been described with diagrams and charts.

    – Please spread this message to everyone, as many can benefit from
    this program taken up by the government and IIT.

    This is just a trial period going on and hence i request everyone to
    register at the link given.

    1] Go to http://nptel. iitm.ac.in

    2] Click on Courses

    3] Sign up as a NEW USER

    4] And one can access any course material.

    Please spread the word, so that this initiative benefits as many
    students as possible.

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