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Officials violating information Act

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 18, 2006

Officials violating information Act
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Officials in the Estate Office of the Chandigarh Administration continue to violate provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005, blatantly.

The Act clearly says information has to be supplied within a month of receiving an application on a plain paper with the requisite fee at the designated counter.

The Act empowers the information seeker to get a penalty imposed on the information officer.

The Administration had designated the Central Assistant Public Information Officer and the Central Public Information Officer to provide information under the Act.

Irritated at the indifference of the officials concerned towards giving information, the Forum for Public Affairs had moved the appellate authority under Sections 19 and 20 of the Act.

According to the forum, information regarding any building violation at the Fun Republic, floor-wise information of office use, recreational use and public use, allowing of commercial activity in corridors, prescribed conversion charges and charges deposited with the Estate Office had been sought.

In a separate application, the forum had sought information on building violation notices under Sections 8, 20 and 15 from January, 2004, to December, 2005.

Mr Chander Mukhi of the forum said they had been denied the information.

Information regarding sensitive posts in the building branch, the enforcement wing and the Estate Office had also been sought earlier.

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RTI bug bites UT Administration

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 16, 2006

RTI bug bites UT Administration

RTI bug bites UT Administration

Express News Service


Chandigarh, July 15: THE Chandigarh Administration is in the dock for not providing information on various aspects related to UT Estate Office under the Right to Information Act. The information, demanded by the Forum for Public Affairs, was reportedly not provided by the Information Officer concerned as a result of which, the Forum moved the Appellate Authority under Section 19 and 20 of the Right to Information Act.

When contacted, Chandermukhi Sharma, president of Forum for Public Affairs, said, ‘‘The Information Officer is supposed to provide information in public interest. We have raised a number of issues and demanded information regarding those issues, which concern the entire city. But we were denied information. There was no other alternative but to move the Appellate Authority under the RTI Act.’’

According to the Forum’s complaint, they have sought information on – number of building violation notices issued under Section 8, 20 and Section 15 from the month of January 2004 to December 2005; stipulated time for execution of notice; present status of all the buildings to whom notices were issued for violations; number of showrooms/ sites/ buildings in the city (sector wise) resumed and with no appeal pending in any court of law (with site/ showrooms/ buildings number, area/sector, resumed in which year, reasons for non-compliance of eviction orders).

‘‘Within the stipulated time period of 30 days, the authorities concerned failed to provide information desired by us. We then moved the appellate authority under Sections 19/20 of the RTI Act. The two sections empowers the information-seeker to not only get a penalty imposed on the information officer concerned for not providing information, but also makes the officer liable for legal action,’’ Sharma added.

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15 Day RTI Campaign (July 1 – July 15) in Ludhiana Concludes

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 16, 2006

15 Day RTI Campaign (July 1 – July 15) in Ludhiana Concludes

Media Release

Jaskirat Singh
Coordinator RTI Campaign (Ludhiana)

SCO – 8, Second Floor,
Model Town Extension Market
Near Krishna Mandir
Phone: 098145-23696
Email: rti@ludhianarti.info
Website: www.ludhianarti.info

July 15, 2006


(SCO-8, Model Town Extn. Market, LDH) – The anti bribery campaign using RTI in Ludhiana was a huge success with 120 applications filed and over 500 people given information about RTI. There were around 300 visitors to the campaign site in Model Town Extension Market. There were around 100 phone calls and around 20 queries by email. People came from all over Punjab and even Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.

All the cities from where people came are
Ambala City
Anandpur Sahib
Taran Taran

Department Wise Breakup of 120 applications filed during 15 days campaign

No. of Applications Name of Office
11 Office of Deputy Commissioner
Mini Secretariat, Ludhiana
8 Office Of SSP
Mini Secretariat, Ludhiana
8 Regional Passport Office
28-32, Sector 34-A, Chandigarh
5 DPI (Secondary) Punjab
________________________ Sector 17 D chandigarh
5 Office of the Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Punjab
SCO 22, First Floor, Sector 17 E, Chandigarh
4 — others —
— others —
4 Punjab Urban Development Authority
PUDA Complex, Firozepur Road, Ludhiana
4 Ludhiana Municipal Corporation
Mata Rani Chowk, Ludhiana
3 Office of the Chariman of Ludhiana Improvement Trust
Firoze Gandhi Market, Ludhiana
3 SSP, Ferozepur
Office of SSP, Ferozepur
3 Chief Engineer (Punjab State Electricity Board), LDH
Office of the Chief Engineer (PSEB), Opp PAU, Ferozepur Road
3 Director Health Services, Punjab
Sector 34, Chandigarh
2 Panjab University,Chandigarh
2 Health Secretary, Punjab
Punjab Secretariat, Chandigarh
2 Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner
Sahota Complex, 171 Green Park, Nr. Bus Stand, Jalandhar, Punjab
2 Office of the Secretary Cooperation Department, Punjab
Punjab Secretariat Chandigarh
2 Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala
Office of Deputy Commissioner, Kapurthala
2 Director Health and Family Welfare Punjab (Chandigarh)
Sector 34 Chandigarh
2 Office of the Chief Commisioner of Income Tax
Ayakar Bhawan, Rishi Nagar, Ludhiana – PB.
2 The Managing Director, Punjab State Federation of Coop.
The Punjab State Federation of Coop., House Building Societies Ltd., SCO 150-152, Sector 34A Chandigarh
2 DTO Ludhiana
Office of District Transport Office , Mini Secretariat Ludhiana
1 Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Nirman Bhavan, Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi – 110011
1 Chief Minister, Punjab
Punjab Secretariat, Chandigarh
1 State Transport Commissioner, Punjab
Jeevan Deep Building,Sector 17, Chandigarh.
1 Office of the Chairman of Jalandhar Improvement Trust
Near Sky Lark Hotel, Jalandhar
1 Employees Provident Fund Organisation
Sub Regional Office, Bhavishya Nidhi Bhavan, Sham Nagar, Ludhiana
1 Office of the Chief Administrator
PUDA, Mohali
1 DPI Colleges ( Punjab)
Sec 17-E, Chandigarh
1 Punjab pollution Control Board
14 G.T.B. (Enclave) Regional Office, Jalandhar
1 Office of the Chief Engineer Punjab PWD B & R
Mini Secretariat, Jail Road, Patiala
1 Office of Department of Revenue, Punjab
Punjab Secretariat, Government of Punjab, Chandigarh – 160 017
1 DEO (S), Amritsar
Office of DEO (S), Court Road, Amritsar
1 Office of Registrar of Companies
286, Defence Colony, Jalandhar
1 Zonal Office, Punjab and Sind Bank
Model Town, Jalandhar
1 Deputy Commissioner
Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur
1 Office of Labour Inspector
Dehra, Dist – Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
1 Office of Chief Secretary
Ministry of Public Health (PWD) (GW), Mini Secretariat, Chandigarh
1 Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi – 110 001
1 Director Deptt. of Animal Husbandry
Chandigarh, Punjab
1 Office of Education Department, Punjab
Punjab Secretariat, Government of Punjab, Chandigarh – 160 017
1 Office of Chief Executive Officer
Khadi and V.I. Commission, 3-Irle Road, Ville Parle (west) Mumbai -56
1 Principal Seceretary UP
Uttar Pradesh
1 Office of the Chief Secretary, Punjab
Govt of Punjab, Chandigarh-160019
1 Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.(HPCL)
17, Jamshedji Tata Road, PO Box 11041, Mumbai � 400020.
1 Sr. Supdt. of Post Offices, Ludhiana (City)
1 Bank of India
1 Bank of Baroda
Baroda House, P.B. No.506, Mandavi, Baroda-396006
1 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.
Ludhiana Telecom Circle, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Ludhiana
1 Office of DTO Patiala
District Transport Office, Patiala
1 Employees Provident Fund Organization,
Sham Nagar, near Bus Stand, Ludhiana
1 Punjab Mandi Board
SCO 149-52, Sector 17-C, U.T., Chandigarh 160017
1 Motor Registering Authority
Govt. of N.C.T. of Delhi West Zone, Transport Department , Janakpuri, Delhi
1 Punjab Technical University
Laddowali Road, Jalandhar
1 The District Food & Civil Supplies Controller
Corporation Building 3rd Floor Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana
1 Deputy Commissioner , Kangra
Office of Deputy Commissioner, Kangra
10 Netaji Subhas Rd, Kolkata,W.B-700001, India
1 SSP, Sangrur
Office of SSP Sangrur.
1 Deputy Commissioner
Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Ropar
1 SSP Amritsar
Office of SSP Amritsar, Amritsar
1 Office of Financial Commissioner and Secy. to Govt.
Rural Development and Panchayat Deptt. Mini Secretariat, Punjab, Chandigarh
1 Regional Passport Officer, Jalandhar
Regional Passport Office, Jalandhar

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Does one have to pay for right to information?

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 14, 2006

Does one have to pay for right to information?
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Hoshiarpur, July 12
Can government departments ask for payment of salary of government employees involved in sending information sought under the Right to Information Act?

According to a letter written to Mr Gunraj Singh, former Wild Life Warden, by the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Hoshiarpur, this seems to be the case. The DFO, Hoshiarpur, has asked for Rs 2,228 from Mr Gunraj Singh to provide him with information sought by him. This amount, as per the letter available with The Tribune includes Rs 2,220 — three-day salary of forest employees — and Rs 8 as xerox charges.

The DFO has stated that a senior assistant and clerk had spent three days in compiling the information sought. Their salary worked out to be Rs 485 and Rs 257 per day, respectively. The information would be provided only after the amount was deposited in the form of draft in the name of District Information Officer, Forest Department.

The State Chief Information Commissioner, Mr Rajan Kayshap, when contacted, on the phone, said the Act did not lay any such provision. The government department could only charge Rs 2 per page as xerox charges for the pages being sent to the person seeking information.

He said if the information was not provided by the officer concerned, the aggrieved person could file a complaint before him.

Mr Gunraj Singh had under the Right to Information Act asked the DFO, Hoshiarpur, for details of expenditure from January 1, 2005, to March 31, 2006. He had also asked for details of projects under which the funds were utilised, the village-wise details of utilisation of funds and the amount spent on wildlife century projects.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr Gunraj Singh alleged that the forest officials were not providing him the information under one pretext or the other. Earlier too department had asked for Rs 400 from him as xerox charges for providing the information. That amount was deposited in the form of draft. Despite that no information had been provided.

The DFO, Mr R.R. Kakkar, claimed that they had the right to ask for the amount spent on processing information. The amount had been sought from Mr Gunraj Singh as per the provisions of the Act, he added.

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HC to form own rules under RTI Act

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 13, 2006

HC to form own rules under RTI Act

Talking to Newsline, a senior official expressed optimism that the delay in the implementation of the Act would come to an end by July. Though already implemented in the Supreme Court, the RTI Act was not implemented by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice D K Jain had expressed hope for early implementation of the provisions of the act. However, the Act could not be a reality during his tenure and he was elevated as a Judge at the Supreme Court.

Under the RTI Act, Judiciary is the ‘appropriate authority’ and can frame its own rules and declare its own fees. Shailesh Gandhi, an RTI activist from Mumbai and now the convener of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI), told Newsline over phone that he was contemplating a writ in the Bombay High Court on the RTI Act. ‘‘I have made several representations in the Bombay HC on RTI but to no avail,’’ he said. Interestingly, if a High Court does not implement the act, one will have to file a written petition against it in the same court.

A K Jaiswal, a senior citizen and resident of Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra, said the Act in the High Court would bring to light the alleged ad hocism in listing of cases and uncalled for adjournments. ‘‘It will prove effective for all official systems,’’ Jaiswal said.


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Punjab yet to catch RTI spirit

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 11, 2006

Punjab yet to catch RTI spirit 


Posted online: Monday, July 10, 2006 at 0000 hours IST


The government has issued the Punjab Right to Information Rules under the RTI Act and appointed a former chief secretary, Rajan Kashyap, as chief information commissioner but questions have been raised over its implementation.Opposition MP Navjot Singh Sidhu complains of not getting information he sought on spending in the Amritsar Municipal Corporation (he’s the city MP) despite writing to the CIC. “if an MP can’t access information on his area under the RTI, what about the common man? No norms or procedures have been highlighted to make people aware of their right and its usage,” he says.

Two cases which have gone upto the courts reflect the government’s attitude to parting with information. In one, two police officials convicted of abduction and murder, in separate cases, had been subsequently pardoned by government order. That was challenged in the high court, through a public-interest suit. The petitioner applied for the files concerned through the RTI. The government simply refused, telling the HC, “since the records were of a highly confidential nature, these cannot be produced.” The HC has overruled this argument and directed the information be given at the next hearing.

In the second, which has gone upto the Supreme Court, a state civil service examination candidate used the RTI to inspect the state public service commission records. He was refused and applied to the high court, which permitted his plea. The state has now gone to the Supreme Court, asking for a rejection of the HC order.

Observers concede the Act has to be implemented in the right spirit, but add that people have to learn how to exercise their rights effectively. The RTI is a needed help on this count.

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Punjab RTI – ‘Free media essential for civilised society’

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 9, 2006

‘Free media essential for civilised society’

Express News Service


Kharar, July 8: FREE media is essential in developing a civilised society as it is a mirror of the society, which shows the face of the country, its government and administration to the public, said SAS Nagar Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh here today.

He was addressing local journalists and officials after inaugurating the office of Kharar unit of Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists (CPUJ- affiliated to Indian Journalists’ Union -IJU).

Responding to the demand of CPUJ Kharar unit, he announced that a modern press room would be established in Kharar in consultation with the Information and Public Relations Department, after selecting a suitable piece of land.

Unveiling major development plans for Kharar, he announced that work on new the bus stand, sports stadium, modernisation of the SDM office and Tehsil offices, computerisation of revenue land records and four-laning of Kharar-Banur-Tepla Road would begin soon.

He said Kharar would soon emerge as the most developed and independent suburb of Chandigarh due to its geographical importance.

After honouring the DC with a shawl and a memento on his first visit to Kharar, CPUJ local general secretary Darshan Singh Sodhi and president Devinder Singh Chauhan welcomed and thanked the DC. Kharar SDM Darshan Sandhu and DPRO Uma Sharma also spoke on the occasion.

RTI will be implemented in toto in SAS Nagar district: DC
KHARAR: SAS Nagar Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh announced in Kharar on Saturday that the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, will be implemented in letter and spirit in SAS Nagar district.

He mentioned that recently the denial of information by District Revenue Officer of Mohali (who was earlier posted in Ropar) to a local journalist had invited the wrath of the Punjab State Information Commission and directed all officials in SAS Nagar district to honour the queries made under the RTI Act.

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Information panel summons MC officer

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 30, 2006

Information panel summons MC officer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 29
The Punjab State Information Commission (PSIC) has summoned the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation for not providing information on the upkeep of public parks under the Right to Information Act.

Acting on the complaint of a local resident, the PSIC has directed the PIO to appear before it on July 19 either in person or through a representative.

Mr Pawan Sood, an office-bearer of the Federation of Park Management Committees, had complained to the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) after the local body had supplied him with incomplete information, including some details he had never asked for.

The MC authorities had worked hard to prepare a four-page reply to his letter but most of the information given had nothing to do with that required by him.

Fuming at the reply, that took months to reach him, Mr Sood had shot off letters to Mr Rajan Kashyap, the Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab.

Besides, Mr Sood shot off a letter to the Public Information Officer of MC apprising him of the situation. Asking him to read the questionnaire carefully, Mr Sood asked for the item-wise information as soon as possible.

Mr Sood said he had asked the MC for providing him the details of allowances given to the employees for development of parks in the city but he was told about the money spent on their salaries every month.

In yet another question, he had asked the MC to give him the details of the expenditure incurred on every park in the city during the past four years.

He had asked in detail about the money spent by the Parking Management Committees (PMCs) and the contractors, respectively, on every park.

The MC, however, provided him with a list of amount released to some contractors during the past four years.

He was supplied with this much of information only after he had complained to the Chief Information Commissioner against the MC authorities for not supplying information under the Right to Information Act in March this year.

In a letter written to Mr Kashyap, Mr Sood had stated that he had requested the MC Commissioner to furnish details of expenditures incurred on the maintenance of parks and green belts during the past four years.

He added that he had personally handed over the letter to the Commissioner’s office on February 17.

‘‘I got the information in May and that too was of no use to me. There is no park-wise information on money spent on fountains, lights, construction of boundary walls, grills and their painting. Moreover there is no detail about maintenance of lawns and flower beds etc, ’’ he said.

The issue of management of parks has been a bone of contention among the MC authorities and the Park Management Committees.

The city has witnessed a battle of sorts between the two with the issue reaching the Punjab State Human Rights Commission also.

While the PMCs in the city have been managing the parks well on their own in comparison to those maintained by the MC, which are in a state of neglect, most of them were not provided with the funds. 


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Punjab SIC – Repository – PIO’s

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 12, 2006


 Sh Rajan Kashyap,

IAS (Retired)
 SCO: 84-85, Sector-17C,




o Agriculture & Forest

o Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development

o Architect


o Cooperative

o Education

o Employment & Labour

o Elections

Excise & Taxation

o Finance

Food & Supplies

o Health & Family Welfare

o Home Affair & Justice

o Information Technology

o Industries & Commerce

o Irrigation

o Personnel

o Planning

o Public Health

o Public Works (B&R;)


o Rural Development & Panchayats

o Social Security, Women Welfare & Child Development

o Defense Welfare

o Welfare of SCs/BCs


o Housing & Urban Development

o Local Government

o Cultural Affair


o Higher Education & Languages

Legal & Legislative Affair

o Printing & Stationery

o Youth Services Welfare & Sports

Public Relations

o Personnel

o Science Technology Environment

o Medical Education & Research

o Technical Education & Industrial Training

o Tourism

o Transport

o Energy

o General Administration

o Pollution Control

o Parliamentry Affair

o Civil Aviation Deptt

o Deptt of Archives



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punjab — RTI Portal

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 12, 2006

punjabRTI Portal

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