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PHDCCI objects to amendments in RTI Act

Posted by rtiact2005 on August 17, 2006

PHDCCI objects to amendments in RTI Act
Shimla | August 17, 2006 5:51:44 PM IST

http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20060817/424312.html

The PHD Chambers of Commerce and Industry (PDHCCI) has objected to the Centre’s decision to exclude file notings from the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, saying the notings should be made public as these formed the bases of any government decision.

The Indian bureaucracy had been responding well to the one-year-old RTI Act and the proposed changes were uncalled for. The legislation should not come with any riders, PHDCCI President Sushma Berlia said in a statement issued here.

The Union government has recently proposed to amend the Act, saying the file notings relating to identifiable individuals, groups of individuals, organisations, appointments, matters relating to inquiries and departmental proceedings should not be disclosed to the public.

Ms Berlia said the government’s contention that file notings in the US, UK and Australia were also excluded was contrary to its claim since only internal communication between the government departments was withheld and that too only for the period the decisions were being deliberated upon.

On the other hand, all file notings in the US were made public soon after the decision had been taken, she said.

The PHDCCI President said the notings should be made public since these formed the bases of any decision by the government, besides people have the right to know where their money was being spent.

It was unclear as to why the government was going ahead with the proposal since the public already has no access to any paper relating to national security or strategic interests as per Section eight of the Act, she said.

Ms Berlia said the proposed amendment would render the RIA meaningless and lead to further ”mystification of the government functioning”.

UNI AS PS CS HS1719

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Successful Conclusion to 15 Days RTI Help Desk at Shillong

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 16, 2006

 ———- Forwarded message ———-
From: the freedom project <thefreedomproject@gmail.com>
Subject: Successful Conclusion to 15 Days RTI Help Desk at Shillong

 

Almost 2000 visitors, More than 150 Applications, Visitors from Pynursla,
Khlierahat, Jowai, Mairang, Lyngam Area, Tura, Sohrynkham, Mawkyrwat,
Mawnsynram. Three day help desk at Jowai. One Day Help Desk at Smit.
Extension  Programmes at Mawlai, Demseneiong, Barapathar, Stephen Hall
hostel. 10000 Khasi and English pamphlets distributed.. More than 5000
detailed Fact sheets about RTI in Khasi and around 3000 Fact sheets in
English given out.  28 organisations, 40 volunteers. Departments which came
under RTI scanner are :

1. *DC Supply for Ration Cards     *
2. *DC office for BPL enumeration *
3. *Indian Army Cantonment
Board                                               *
4. *BSF                  *
5. *Community and Rural Development/DRDA/Block Office for Central
Schemes (IAY+SGRY+Pensions etc.)  *
6. *Police                  *
7. *MPSC             *
8. *Health                  *
9. *PWD
*
10. *Education for SSA           *
11. *District Selection Committee      *
12. *DC for MLA & MP Fund   *
13. *Home            *
14. *Land Records            *
15. *Personnel                *
16. *Social Welfare          *
17. *General Administration        *
18. *NGOs/Colleges/Schools       *
19. *MeSEB *
20. *State Women’s Commission *
21. *Department of Post *
22. *Transport *
23. *Shillong Municipal Board    *
24. *District Council          *
25. *NEC              *
26. *Passport              *
27. *MBOSE*

At the closing of the campaign, volunteers shared their experiences of the
campaign. They expressed the learning they had in these fifteen days, where
they discovered the myriad ways in which politicians and bureaucrats have
fleeced the public . They also learnt the daily humiliations which citizens
face at the altar of government departments. And these lessons have
strengthened the resolve of volunteers to sharpen their RTI skills. Many
Volunteers have expressed their desire to set up permanent help desks in
their locality and shnongs.
During the course of the campaign RTI activists have been invited from
Nongstoin, Mawkyrwat, Tura, Mairang and other such places, to  not only do
volunteers trainings but also help local activists to set up their own help
desks. This means that this 15 day campaign has inaugurated a people’s
movement centred around RTI. This movement is going to use RTI as a means to
hold our government accountable and reclaim development and democracy back
for the people.
The programme ended on a celebratory note with the musicians and singers
singing *phawars  *about RTI.


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Report on a Workshop on RTI at Shimla

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 18, 2006

Report on

A Workshop on Right to Information Act, 2005

Organised by State Resource Centre, Sanjauli

On 5 June 2005

At Bachat Bhawan (DC Office), Shimla

Introduction

A new chapter was added in the history of peoples’ movement in
India with the passage of ‘The Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005’ on June 15 this year. The passage of this act has been the part of struggle for access to information in different parts of
India. Unlike other legal enactments the necessity for this piece of legislation was inspired by the need to enlarge democratic spaces in the Indian polity. This Act has the potential to provide immense possibilities for developing accountability and transparency in decision making and the utilisation of public funds.

The passage of Right to Information Act in the Indian parliament was merely a prelude to the creation of an infrastructure of State Information Commissions in various states and the formulation of ‘fee and appeal rules’. Besides this the state governments had to undertake the responsibility to create an atmosphere through which provisions of the act reach out to the general public. Most significant aspect among these responsibilities was the appointment of Public Information Officers in various government departments and aided institutions.

A workshop was organised by State Resource Centre (SRC), Shimla in association with Initiatives for Democratic Rights (IFDR),
Chandigarh to open up a discussion on the provision of Right to Information Act, 2005 and its relevance for Indian democracy. The workshop began with the screening of a song ‘Janne Ka Haq’ sung by Vinay and Charul. Yogesh Snehi (IFDR,
Chandigarh) gave a talk on the provisions of the RTI and its relevance as a social document, followed by Vijay Kumar Sharma (Principal Secretary, Administrative Reforms, GoHP) who gave an account of the administrative initiative of the government of Himachal Pradesh on this issue. The talk was followed by the screening of two documentaries; a) ‘Right to Information: A Film on Corruption and Leakages in Rural Development Works and their Control’ based on Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Rajasthan and directed by Anurag Singh (b) ‘Right to Information’ based on Paivartan, Delhi and directed by Anurag Singh. It was followed by an intense discussion on issues pertaining to RTI and its limitations. The issues pertained to public cynicism that the Act may prove to be as useless as earlier laws and policies. It helped in formulating some key issues for immediate attention of the government and commission.
Key Issues

            Although Right to Information Act, 2005 had to be implemented in all the Indian states on the 20th October 2005 (120th day of its enactment on 15th June 2005), many Indian states have not even appointed their respective State Chief Information Commissions and Commissioners. Himachal Pradesh could notify its fee and appeal rules as late as 21st January 2006. Many key issues emerged out of this workshop.

  1. One of the most significant steps in creating administrative structure to implement RTI in Himachal Pradesh was the appointment of Public Information Officers (PIOs) and Assistant Public Information Officers (APIOs) in various departments of government institutions. The names of these PIOs and APIOs were to be published with their designation, postal addresses and contact details, so that this could be made available to the general public. Although GoHP has put up such proactive details about PIOs and APIOs on its website, it is not ready with any user manual on these officers. These manuals can be of general use for the public at large which may be illiterate in computers and may not have access to internet.
  2. Second important step pertained to the notification of Himachal Pradesh Right to Information Rules, which could be notified on 21st January 2006. A discussion on these evoked many questions on certain provisions of the rules.

a)      While the state government has kept pace with the central government as far as the application fee of Rs.10 with the application form (Form A), it has made the mode of payment of this fee difficult.

b)      Until now the only mode of payment of fee is through a treasury challan. Although the government has apparently decided to include bank draft as another mode of payment, the notification for the same is still awaited. A discussion on the introduction of Postal Order, which can be one of the most convenient ways of payment of fee, is still inconclusive.

c)      Besides the cost of obtaining information is ‘very high’. While the central government has fixed a rate of Rs.2 per page for information seeked, the GoHP has fixed Rs.10 per page for A-4 and Rs.20 per page for A-3 sized paper. Such exorbitant fee is nowhere within the provisions of the Act which underlines the ‘reasonable’ principle for determining the cost.

d)      Similarly, though the cost of information on floopy (@ Rs.50 per floppy) and CD (@ Rs.100 per CD) is at par with the central rules, it is far from the reasonable clause.

e)      The government has also restricted the physical inspection of records by charging Rs.10 per 15 minutes; the central government has, however, allowed free access to the records for the first one hour and a similar fee thereof.

  1. The formation and structure of the State Information Commission (SIC) also needs significant improvement. After the appointment of Shri P.S. Rana as the State Chief Information Commissioner (SCIC) of Himachal Pradesh, there has been little headway in broadening the structure of the Commission. Presently SIC is a ‘one-man commission’. The RTI Act specifies that the SIC can constitute of up to ten Information Commissioners (IC), besides one CIC. In order to make the working of the commission democratic, the governor can take the initiative and appoint people from diverse social groups (intellectuals, democratic rights activists, lawyers, etc).
  2. Besides this the act should be made available to the general public in Hindi, simplified and prepared in the form of user-guide/primers. The help of the resource institutions like SRC can make this exercise meaningful. The names of PIOs and APIOs should also be made available in a Hindi.
  3. The government departments are lagging behind in the preparation of user-guides/primers on suo moto disclosures on new and old projects and schemes of the government for the general public. The suo moto declarations are restricted to the declaration of the list of PIOs and APIOs in the official website (www.rti.gov.in) and that too in English. Besides this, there has not been a single advertisement or radio/television programme pertaining to Right to Information, despite the fact that the Act makes the government responsible on these issues. There are other issues like the training of the government staff on issues pertaining to RTI.

The government should make serious headways on the issues raised at the workshop. There is also an urgent need to disseminate the information about this important social document among the people so that the government could be pressurised to take initiatives on local issues.

Yogesh Snehi,

Swadesh Kunj,

St, no. 4, 8th Crossing,

New Suraj Nagri,

Dated: 18 June 2006                                                                Abohar (
Punjab)

Yogesh Snehi <yogeshsnehi@yahoo.com>  

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HP SIC – PIO Details – Repository

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 12, 2006

Himachal Pradesh
 Shri P. S. Rana,IAS, Retired
 
  H.P. Govt. Secretariat,

Shimla-171002 (INDIA)
 scic-hp@nic.in

Himachal Pradesh Departments

PIO Details

http://rti.nic.in/state-hp

o Primary Education

      HP Primary Education Department
o Home Vigilance

      HP Home-Vigilance Department
o HPTDC

      HP Tourism Development Corporation
o Industries

      HP Industries Department
o Fisheries

      HP Fisheries Department
SISI

      Small Industries Service Institute,Chambaghat,HP 
     FireService

      HP Fire Service Department
o
Local Audit

      HP Local Audit Department
o SFSL

      HP State Forensic Science Laboratory
o Information Technology

      HP Information Technology Department
o HPSIDC

      HP State Industrial Development Corp.
o Prosecution

      HP State Prosecution Department
o Minorities Finance and Development Corporation

      HP State Minorities Finance and Development Corporation Department
o HIMUDA

      HP State Housing and Urban Development Authority Department
o Vidhan Sabha Secretariat

      HP State Vidhan Sabha Secretariat Department
o Science Technology and Environment

      HP State Council for Science Technology and Environment Department
o Town and Country Planning

      HP State Town and Country Planning Department
o National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur

      HP State National Institute of Technology
o Directorate of Urban Development

      HP Directorate of Urban Development Department
o Department of Personnel

      HP Department of Personnel
o Divisional Commissioner, Kangra

      Divisional Commissioner, Kangra
o HP State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd

      HP State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd
o DIRECTORATE OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION, VOCATIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, HIMACHAL PRADESH, SUNDERNAGAR.

      Directorate of Technical Education, Vocational and Industrial Training, Himachal Pradesh, SUNDERNAGAR.
 

himachal

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